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Matthew McConaughey Once Lived in a Trailer despite Being a Movie Star

Dayna Remus
Feb 26, 2022
12:20 A.M.
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When it comes to celebrities, we are used to huge mansions. But, one actor opted for a more understated lifestyle -- a move that's moral underpinnings reverberates throughout all the other decisions he makes in his life. 


Globally adored trouper and smooth-talking 52-year-old Texan Matthew McConaughey holds many achievements under his belt.

These accomplishments include an Oscar for the hard-hitting true story "Dallas Buyers Club," a slew of romcoms, and of course, the most tremendous honor of them all, voted as the "most handsome" in his final year at high school. 

An airstream trailer [left]; Matthew McConaughey [right]. | Source: Getty Images Entertainment



However, the "True Detective" actor's film accolades, celebrity status, and blue eyes are far from why many individuals genuinely respect this icon. 

This Southern charmer believes that the current state of the world all comes to a depletion of good values within society.  

"Magic Mike" star McConaughey speaks to his mother on the phone every Sunday, is actively involved in charity, and shows up as a loving family man -- this actor's grounded nature is what helps him take up a permanent spot in the public's heart. 

An Airstream trailer. | Source: Entertainment



One reflection of this man's humbleness is that although he is growing in money, he chose to live in a trailer. This occurred for a short amount of time in the early 2000s. He said

"I've always loved drivin'. Drivin' is number one, where I get some time with myself. Number two, it's the main place I catch up on music. And number three, it's the best way to see the country. [sic]"

Of course, we could play devil's advocate and recognize that this trailer, which is true McConaughey fashion is named "The Canoe," is slightly more luxurious than your average R.V. -- complete with a personalized satellite dish and a streamlined kitchen. 


The Airstream trailer's streamlined kitchen. | Source: Entertainment


That being said, McConaughey is still putting his caravan to benevolent use. In May of 2020, he attached his trailer to his truck and donated 100,000 face masks across his home state of Texas. 


Although his evident passion for travel is real, his heart remains at home, along with his penchant for altruism. He was dubbed "Philanthropist of the Year" in 2021. 


In March of 2021, he and his wife Camila Alves McConaughey raised millions of dollars for those affected by the Winter Storm Uri, which ravaged the Lone Star state, in the previous month. He stated

"I was living in Malibu, drinking a Corona, barefoot at the beach, and I'm not sure what I could do, but I'm going...So tie your shoes, get out the door and let's go. So Camila and I jumped on it."

The 52-year-old also founded the just keep livin' Foundation, where for nearly a decade, the organization has been uplifting at-risk children. 


Beyond all this, McConaughey was deciding whether he should run for governor of Texas to implement policy change. 

However, besides the realm of politics, this Southern charmer believes that the current state of the world comes down to the social depletion of good values.

An Airstream trailer. | Source: Entertainment



This enigmatic maverick's golden values are no more evident than when it comes to his family. He and his wife got married in 2012, with two of their children present at the wedding.

His wife, a model, ex-television host, and handbag designer amongst many other projects, met her future husband at a bar in 2006. McConaughey was rocking a long beard and a Rastafarian hat. She had no idea at that moment who he was. 


They are now parents of three kids: 13-year-old Levi, 12-year-old Vida, and 9-year-old Livingston. McConaughey has stated that he has always wanted to be a father and views it as a privilege

He also views being a dad as his number one priority in life, expressing hopes that his children will grow up to be independent, industrious, and confident. 

Matthew McConaughey standing next to an Airstream trailer. | Source: Entertainment



Above all definitions of fatherhood, philanthropist and actor --  far away from all the noise of societal issues and politics -- the core of McConaughey remains a man who wants to travel on the open road. 

Although he has settled down with his wife, both choosing to live in a house, they sometimes spend the weekends taking their luxury airstream trailer out on the road. 

Beyond the satellite, McConaughey has personalized the R.V. to a larger extent, inclusive of a cozy bedroom with a picture window so one can see whatever view is available. It also has a shower and toilet with a barbeque attached at the backend of the trailer itself.


The bedroom inside the Airstreamed trailer. | Source: Entertainment

The couple sometimes drives on unknown adventures, while at other times, the duo stays closer to home at the Malibu Trailer Park located right on the shoreline. Before he moved into a permanent home and was still traveling, the actor expressed


"When you wake up in the morning, you're looking right at the ocean or wherever your backyard is that day."

These words capture the essence of McConaughey -- grounded yet free-spirited, and although conscious and actively working to improve what many see as a dark world, he still believes everything is inherently good. 

A desk and windows inside an Airstream trailer. | Source: Entertainment



Of course, his acting career is always central to those who follow McConaughey's trajectory, and it appears as though there is a chance that he may be appearing in the next installment of "Magic Mike." 

He has quipped about the film's co-star Channing Tatum, facetiously asking him to call him with concern to the movie. The actor played in the first film back in 2012 as a strip club owner.

Matthew McConaughey standing in the doorway of an Airstream trailer. | Source: Entertainment


However, McConaughey has still expressed reservations, saying that acting in the first movie was fun, but he would need to read the script. The filming is meant to kick off this March in Italy and London

From his philanthropic projects, his gorgeous wife and family life, an acting career that doesn't appear to be slowing down, and his fulfilling passion for trailers, this man seems to be much more than "Alright, alright, alright."