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Sunday 20 April 2014

McConaughey talks overnight fame

Matthew McConaughey had to learn to deal with his overnight fame

Matthew McConaughey has admitted he's had to work on accepting his celebrity status.

The Mud actor shot to fame in A Time To Kill in 1996 and revealed in a speech about his career at the SXSW festival that it changed his life overnight, reported EW.com.

He said: "After A Time To Kill I basically got famous over a weekend. The hundred things that I was seeing the Friday before A Time To Kill there were 99 no's, you can't do that, and 1 yes. Well that Monday there was 99 yes's and 1 no.

"I went 'whoa!' I was in a place where I was like man, I want to do anything, now I have to be discerning and discriminate? It was exhilarating, titles of songs came to my head, it was really cool going through a grocery line and seeing myself on the cover of a magazine! Things like that were fun."

But Matthew - who has three children with wife Camila Alves - said "the world became a mirror very quickly" once he found fame.

He continued: "Over the weekend there were more mirrors in the world everywhere.

"The challenge for me as an actor is if you become a celebrity you don't meet strangers any more. And strangers are where we have our anonymity. And I believe it's essential for the soul to be anonymous, especially if you're going to be an actor...

"And I had to learn to go find it. And then I had to embrace it, and go OK, if someone comes up 'Hey, how's Miss Hud?' Instead of going 'Wait a minute, how'd you know I have a dog? How'd you know her name was Miss Hud?' I now understand it's part of it."

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