Matthew McConaughey may be best known for playing laid-back slackers onscreen but the Oscar-winning actor says that when it comes to being a dad, he is anything but chill. In an interview to promote his new film White Boy Rick, which is in theaters this Friday, McConaughey, who plays the titular Rick’s father in the movie, explained his parenting philosophy and why he believes it’s important that kids understand things like personal responsibility and accountability.
When talking about himself as a dad, McConaughey says that he is “a fan of discipline, I’m a fan of responsibility and I’m a fan of consequences to prepare [my kids] for when they’re out of our house at 18. Because [in] the real world, you can do the same deed and it doesn’t just give you a demerit, you can end up in jail or worse.”
McConaughey’s desire to teach his kids about following rules and accepting punishment when they behave poorly is refreshing, especially considering that he likely could use his fame and wealth to shield them from many of the harsh realities of life. Instead, he appears to be committed to making sure they understand that when you do something bad, there is often a price that has to paid.
The 48-year-old actor is currently raising three kids, Levi, Livingston, and Vida with his wife, Camilla Alves. Despite being one of the most famous actors in the world, McConaughey seems content to keep his family out of the limelight, preferring to separate his work from his personal life.