Matthew McConaughey opens up about his personal life

The Oscar-winning actor talks about the “green lights” in his life that inspired him to write his new memoir.
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After nearly three decades in Hollywood Oscar and golden globe winner Matthew mcconaughey is giving fans an in-depth look into his personal life. In his memoire "Green lights" he opens up about his childhood, fatherhood and experiences that made him who he is today. Take a look. The one and only Matthew mcconaughey with us now. Great to have you again, Matthew. We appreciate your time. We'll get to the book, but first I want to talk about the role that you've chosen to be a part of in this pandemic. You're the voice of a psa getting out the word with folks to stay home. You also had that big interview with Dr. Fauci. Why did you want to take such an active role during this time? Myself like everyone is trying to keep my finger on the pulse of the dos and don'ts. It's been confusing there. There's been no consensus at the top, no consensus of science. We've been confused on which and what leadership to trust. So I just said if I have a platform, which I do, to spread some true words from some experts like I did with Dr. Fauci, if I can ask him some questions so the world can get a bullet point list, some simple, true, false, yes, no, dos, don'ts, that would be a good thing to do. I wanted to know some of the answers to some of those questions myself. I'm just trying to keep my pulse as we go through this unprecedented time and share what I can find out or what I know. You mentioned having a platform and wanting to share. You are sharing a lot about yourself and your life. "Green lights," what is it? What is it in your story, in your experience you want to put out there that you think other folks could find valuable? I kept diaries for 36 years and dared myself to see what they were about. I wasn't sure if the words on those pages would be worthy to share. When I went away, I found a central theme over the last 36 years of my life that I wrote about. It was green lights. I noticed that I, like everyone, we can engineer green lights in our life. We love green lights. They say yes. Agree lights are freedom. We can engineer those in our life via that choices we make. Sometimes they fall in our lap and we get lucky. Sometimes we get green lights from how we approach and see a if we know how and when to deal with life's challenges, we can turn yellow and red lights into green lights. The book is tools for how to approach certain things, how to approach success, how to approach hardships, how to respect your past, how to have something to look forward to in the future so we can be more present where we are. It was a very freeing experience for me to write it. I hope people get some freedom from it too for themselves. 36 years of journals you poured through. As you went through all that you had written down and decided what to put into this memoire, into this book, was there anything you decided was too personal, that was off limits? No. I mean, there were things that were personal that I was like if you put that in there, that's not constructive. There's nothing that, again, I think people -- I wanted to make sure -- I remember writing this down on day four. The words on these pages need to be worthy if they were signed by anonymous, but at the same time be a book only I could have written. I didn't want to go -- it's not a memoire that I share that you're going to only subjectively see Matthew mcconaughey's life. I found things about humanity, about the -- what we all go through. I wanted to share the stories that made -- while they were very personal many of them, that each one of you individually can see those stories and predicaments in your own life. Ways you handled a situation well, or ways you could have handled it better, ways to look back. Choices, one of the themes is how can we live a life today where we can look forward looking back? It's not easy to do, but something to consider. It's hopefully one of the considerations that come out of the book for anyone that's reading it. You're helping people live. You're helping people look back. The memoire is "Green lights." The man is Matthew mcconaughey. Thank you for being with us. We appreciate it always. Let's catch some more of these. You got it, my man. Good to see you, brother.

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