Matthew McConaughey opened up in a new interview for AARP The Magazine’s latest cover story about his decision to leave the world of romantic comedies, including how his wife, Camila Alves, challenged his commitment to the idea.
The 51-year-old talked about his decision to quit acting in romantic comedies, including how his wife responded once he broke the news. After referring to himself as “the go-to rom-com guy,” the Oscar winner found himself dissatisfied with the genre.
Although he found amazing success with movies like The Wedding Planner, Fool‘s Gold, Failure to Launch, and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, he still wasn’t happy. “If you go deep in a rom-com, you can sink the ship,” Matthew McConaughey explained.
He went on to say, “I wanted to do work that reflected my personal vitality. But no matter how much of a pay cut I would take, dramas were not being offered to me. So I quit.” While the star received mixed reactions from his family and friends once he finally broke the news, his wife’s words are what really helped him feel confident in his decision.
“It was scary,” he said about his decision. “But Camila said, ‘If we’re going to do this, we’re not going to half-ass it.’” That’s why, with the support of his wife, he went on to turn down “every rom-com script that came my way,” even declining a script that came with an offer of $14.5 million.
“No offers came in for almost a year and a half. I was now shaking hands with the fact that I may never work in Hollywood again,” he admitted. Ultimately, his decision to distance himself from romantic comedies paid off.
Matthew McConaughey later scored roles in critically acclaimed dramas like Lincoln Lawyer, Killer Joe, and HBO’s True Detective. In 2014, he finally won his first Oscar for Best Actor at the Academy Awards for his performance as Ron Woodroof in the award-winning drama Dallas Buyers Club.