Matthew McConaughey is known for method acting. He loves immersing himself in his roles. When he wrote “Greenlights,” he practiced some method writing, which is not a thing, but here’s what he did. He went out to the desert and stayed in a place without electricity for 52 days.
He put himself in solitary confinement so he would not have access to the internet, TV, or radio. He wanted to be “stuck” with himself. In an interview with “Indulge,” he said. He told himself, “Look, if you get bored – you got only one person to hang out with – You.”
After eight years of not talking to his mom, they came out on the other side of the issue. He had forgiven her for being in contact with the media, but it took all those years before he reached out again. Sharing the story with “The Howard Stern Show,” he said all he had to do is set some boundaries.
And now she’s “awesome,” sharing incredible stories. He said those eight years were tough. He had to explain it to his brothers. But today they’re completely over it, and he sees his mom every Sunday. It's amazing how time heals all wounds.
He Wrote a Book About His Struggles
Matthew McConaughey isn't just a talented actor. He's also a great writer. He wrote the New York Times Best-seller, “Greenlights” to share his philosophy on life. The 2020 book was very well received and topped the list for over 50 weeks.
He wrote the book as a memoir but in it, he reveals his process and encourages us to give it a shot in our own lives. He shares his journals, poems, prayers, and bumper sticker sayings. Green lights are the fun and easy parts of life, so he talks about yellow and red lights. He’ll teach you something about yourself.
Matthew's Greenlights Journals
“Greenlights” spent many weeks at the top of the best-sellers list. So Matthew McConaughey decided to publish “Greenlights: Your Journal, Your Journey,” a hardcover journal that encourages people to keep a diary. He provides prompts and excerpts from his book, things to help people get started writing. It's actually very useful.
Since “Greenlights” was based on his journals, he published the companion book as a journal. He likes to promote it on Instagram, giving tips and ideas for journaling. It does not have to be completely written — he says you can doodle and draw or paste pictures into it!
McConaughey Claims He Kept It Professional With Female Co-stars
Listen, Matthew McConaughy doesn't date everyone he works with. Perhaps learning something from dating two women on “A Time to Kill,” McConaughey told Howard Stern that he always maintains a platonic relationship with his co-stars. Some of his co-stars were very attractive, like Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Hudson, and Jennifer Lopez.
But he said it is best not to get involved with the female lead because it can dampen the onscreen romantic moments. He thinks getting involved takes away from the chemistry and makes the couple not be as good together. Put it this way, he has learned his lesson since all those years ago.