Matthew McConaughey, dad to 9-month-old son Levi, says that yes, even celebrity dads get peed on from time to time. The Sahara star recently sat down to answer questions from readers of People magazine, dishing on everything from heartbreak to fatherhood to the secret to his calm and cool outlook on life.
On working with Jennifer Garner in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past: “I had a ball with Jennifer. She’s very elegant, yet sort of a classic woman, actress. She does her own thing, and she also doesn’t bring a lot of hoity-toity false drama to the process. But she’s also very sly and cunning and witty. She’s with it and she’s fun to work with. You might think you’re pulling one over on her, and she’ll flip it right around. She’s very keen and coy.”
On getting over a broken heart: “Oh yeah, I had my heart broken several times, especially growing up. It starts off with having a good mom who comes in, sees you’re heartbroken, lets you sit there for a while and then the next morning it was like, “Let’s get on with it! You’re going to get back out there.” She’d always tell us, “It was their loss.” It made us feel better. It got us back out the door. We were never allowed to stay around and sulk about anything.”
On changing diapers… and being peed on: “Yes! And yes! More than a few times to both. And [Levi] gets the joke when he pees on me. He laughs. He laughs his butt off! I think I am [good at changing diapers]. I could have a race-off with some other dads out there.”
On how fatherhood has changed him: “The coolest thing I’ve learned from Levi is kids really remind you of [your] sense of humor. Like I was just saying, they pee on you and they’re just laughing and all of sudden you’re reminded of having a sense of humor about everything. You can watch Levi, and everything he sees is for the first time, so you see the wonder in something we see every day. You see the wonder of picking up a coffee cup and hitting on the plate and it makes a sound and all of sudden for 15 minutes the kid is just entertained with this little thing. So it’s reminded me to see things for the first time, not in a naïve way, but in an innocent way. It’s a ball!”
On the values he hopes to pass on to Levi: “First of all, work ethic … Then respect of elders, particularly respect of women, which I was very much instilled [with]. We believe in ‘yes, sirs, no sirs’ and ‘yes, ma’ams,’ and ‘no ma’ams.’”
On his relaxed and calm outlook on life: “I think I’m pretty good at localizing and I also enjoy people and conversations and I like to share opinions. I’m not as chill if I don’t get my sleep, I’ll tell you that. So getting a good night sleep and I don’t really leave crumbs in my life, if you know what I mean. When you leave crumbs in your life, you have a reason to look over your shoulder. A lot people tend to be anxious because they’re looking over their shoulder a little bit.”