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INTERVIEW


MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY INTERVIEW EASY-GOING TEXAN MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY HAS LIVED A CHARMED LIFE ON SCREEN AND


OFF. THE ADVENTUROUS SOUTHERNER IS PASSIONATE ABOUT LEARNING LIFE LESSONS FROM TRAVEL EXPERIENCES AND IS CONSTANTLY ASKING QUESTIONS OF THEWORLD AROUND HIM.


WHERE DID YOUR LOVE OF TRAVEL STEM FROM?


As a child I was always asking my mother a thousand questions. Who? What? Why? I would never stop. I’m very fortunate that my job as an actor enables me to travel and meet new people and learn about different moments in history and cultures. I want my children to search for answers about their world and understand as much as they can, and try to get closer to the truth. It’s a process that never stops. They are inquisitive so they have so much to explore.


HAVE YOU ALWAYS ENJOYED STEPPING OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE WHEN YOU TRAVEL?


It’s definitely one of my favourite things to do when you arrive somewhere new. It helps as an actor to be immersed in a completely alien experience. Soon, though, you realise that even when the culture and the language is different, the vocabulary and the people are the same. No matter where you go, if you fully involve yourself, it won’t be long before you can stay there. You understand the people as if they were your own. Only then can you go back to your comfort zone.


DO YOU STILL GET A CHANCE TO GO ON EXOTIC TRIPS, EVEN THOUGH YOU’RE A FATHER OF THREE?


Yes. I love taking trips to wild places in South America or Thailand, sometimes by myself, and sometimes I’ll go with my kids if they’re old enough for the vaccinations. My wife also understands it’s important for me to get away on my own sometimes and be able to write or just think. She always says I can stay as long as I need, which is very gracious of her, but I know that she has to bear a lot of the burden of looking after the kids when I’m shooting a movie, so I try to be as respectful as I can of her time, and our time together as a family.


WHAT’S BEEN YOUR MOST AWE- INSPIRING TRAVEL EXPERIENCE?


Even when the culture and the language is different, the vocabulary and the people are the same


We actually shot in Thailand for Gold during monsoon season. We had these incredible rains and floods that washed away most of our sets, so that was wild. I love the jungle too. I’ve been trekking in Asia and Costa Rica – it’s when your senses are so heightened. Every move, every little sound, you think it’s a gator or a jaguar. It’s an incredibly immersive experience, and the adrenaline is really going.


24 — aspire september 2017


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