The pair met on the set of “Sahara,” a 2005 action movie. The Spanish senorita played his leading lady. Filmed in Morocco, the setting could not have been more romantic. As soon as the shooting wrapped, Cruz and McConaughey ducked out and went on a road trip in Mexico in his camper.
The couple dated for a year and broke up in 2006 because of busy schedules. However, as the actor’s biographer points out, this was at about the same time that McConaughey had met Camila Alves at a West Hollywood bar. So depending on who you ask, either person was the one who got away.
One of His Favorite All-Time Co-Stars
Talking to Gwyneth Paltrow on her podcast, Kate Hudson dished that kissing Matthew McConaughey was not that great. Starring together on “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” and “Fool’s Gold,” Hudson said part of it was the situation. Their characters had to do love scenes in a plane crash in the ocean, for example.
One time he had snot on his face. McConaughey invited Hudson on to talk about it and posted the exchange on Instagram. He teased her saying that she was one of his all-time favorite co-stars and “not even close” to being on his worst kisser list.
Did He Date Janet Jackson?
The two celebs met each other at the Grammy Awards show in 2002. Matthew McConaughey’s attention to the pop legend had everyone wondering and speculating. McConaughey would tell the media that they were just friends, but Janet Jackson finally came out and said they did date.
“He is a great guy and such a sweetheart. It was just for a minute, that’s why I am so hesitant to mention it.” By 2019, the charming gent confirmed that the two went out to have dinner, just one night. We definitely think that counts as dating. To think that he could have been Michael Jackson's brother-in-law!
Seeing Camila Alves at the bar in West Hollywood was love at first sight. Matthew McConaughey recalls being captivated by the Brazilian-American model. He immediately tried to get her attention but quickly realized she is not someone he should flag down from his seat at the bar.
He went to talk with her and three days later they went on their first date. The next night, he wanted another date. In true rom-com fashion, the Hollywood hunk added the following, “And I’ve been wanting to go on a date with her for the last nine years. And not with anybody else.”
Camila Didn't Recognize Him
The story is practically legend. Matthew McConaughey goes to the Hyde Bar with buddy Lance Armstrong. He is dating stunner Penelope Cruz, but she is not there. He spots Camila Alves and falls in love on the spot. Camila did not recognize him but talked to him once at the bar.
She was clueless because, as she said it, he had a full beard and a Rasta hat covering his face. As she further explained to “Access Hollywood,” once Armstrong stepped in, the Brazilian model was finally clued in on who was trying to talk with her. And the rest was history.