Matthew McConaughey talks navigating his career in new memoir

The Academy Award-winning actor is out with “Greenlights,” where he revisits journals he’s kept throughout his life to share a “playbook” for others on how they can approach their own lives.
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. And now to Matthew mcconaughey. He was so much fun yesterday we had to bring him in for more. He has a new memoir, "Greenlights" and sat down to talk to him about that and his passion for his ALMA mater. You were in the news recently, Matthew, at your ALMA mater at the university of Texas. You were all over the stadium. What did you think about it. Yeah, the athletic director, he facetimed me while they were doing that and showed me all these cutouts of all the characters I played that they put me in the end zone, about 45 versions of me in roles that I've played present at the game sfluf's come a long way from being a opportunity there, you're now a professor there teaching a film class. How were you as a student and what advice do you give yours? I was a very good student actually. I got into film school because I had a 3.82 GPA. I loved makesing my As. I also try to remind the student, hey, now is the time. Start practicing, start telling stories right now because it's how you look at it. How do you see the world. How do you see a situation different than anyone else, the other thing, take a risk right now. Don't ask permission. So take risks. You are telling your story, definitely took risks in your new book and one thing you write about is getting your first role in "Dazed and confused" and those three little words that follow you everywhere you go All right, all right, all right. Those are the first three words I ever said on film. And the reason I really appreciate how those words introduced me is because of that reason, I did not know if that was going to be a one-night job in the summer of '92 that I would look back on in my life and say, oh, wasn't that a fun one-off. A nice little hobby I had and turned into a career that I've grown to love. Here it is 28 years later. There was a point in your career where you were the go to guy for any kind of rom-com. But you wanted more than that so you say you embarked on what you call your mcconaissance. I love doing the romantic comedies. Maybe I'll do another one but at the time I was like, boy, I want to do something else that challenges me. So when I couldn't do what I wanted to do I decided to stop doing what I was doing. It was 20 months later after no offer, after being -- feeling like I was forgotten by Hollywood, finally Matthew mcconaughey, I became a new good idea and started getting offered the roles I was looking for and that's when I went on what's called the mcconaissance. So many life lessons in the book. Matthew mcconaughey, thank you so much for being with us today. Thank you very much. I hope you enjoy it. Yes, everyone, Matthew's book "Greenlights" available now and since he can't do in-person book signings he's doing virtual event with several book stores. For more go to greenlights.com. Always a pleasure to talk to him. 3.82. In case you needed to know, exactly, 3.82. I love that.

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