Matthew McConaughey has revealed how an exchange trip to rural Australia in his late teens shaped him as a person and led to him winning an Oscar.
The American actor, 52, was deprived of all the ‘crutches’ he had growing up in Texas after moving to Warnervale, a small town on the central coast of NSW, in 1988.
He explained in his new memoir, Greenlights, how he had no friends in Australia and found himself in six jobs.
Candidate: Matthew McConaughey (pictured January 21) has revealed how his Australian middle age in 1988 shaped him as a person after his spoiled upbringing in Texas
Matthew described his sabbatical as a ‘treadmill'[ing] water until I crossed the finish line ‘.
“I began to realize how valuable and lasting that year in Australia was to me, how I would not be the man I am today unless I had taken that year,” Matthew wrote.
“How would I not have learned my lesson if I had come home early.”
He contrasted his harsh experience in Australia with his charming life back home in Texas, where everything seemed to go so smoothly for him.
For example, he was voted ‘most beautiful’ in school, was a straight-A student and even went along with the ‘most beautiful girl in school’.
Experience: The American actor, 52, was deprived of all the ‘crutches’ he had growing up in Texas after moving to Warnervale, a small town on the central coast of NSW.
It comes after Matthew ended months of speculation in advertising he did not run for governor of Texas, insisting that his time and energy were better spent elsewhere.
The Oscar-winning actor posted a video on Twitter on Sunday night in which he said he was honored to be considered at all.
“As a simple child born in the city of Uvalde, Texas, it never occurred to me that one day I would be eligible for political leadership,” he said.
Learned experiences: ‘I began to realize how valuable and enduring that year in Australia was to me, how I would not be the man I am today unless I had taken that year,’ said Matthew
‘It’s a humiliating and inspiring path to think about. It is also a path that I choose not to take at the moment. ‘
McConaughey never stated whether he would run as a Democrat, Republican or Independent, and instead described his policies as ‘aggressively centered’.
He had also not outlined any political priorities, although he is known for his activism towards the environment and young people.
Confirmed: It comes after Matthew ended months of speculation by announcing he was not running for governor of Texas, insisting his time and energy were better spent elsewhere