Matthew McConaughey is promoting his memoir, Greenlights, that is available now. He called in to Howard Stern’s Sirius radio show to discuss some of the memories he brings up in the book, how they’ve affected his present and what the future holds – you know, basic memoir stuff. A lot of what he discussed I didn’t know. For instance, I never connected the dots that Matthew never dated any of his co-stars. He said even though he had crushes on a few he didn’t go there. Also, I did not know that for eight years, Matthew did not speak to his mother because she kept talking to news outlets and to his fans about him.

On not dating his co-stars: I’ve always tried to keep it professional and the people I worked with, I must say, did it well. Maybe we had certain crushes on each other at certain times, but we always just kept it professional – or maybe we were dating someone seriously outside of ourselves at the time and we both respected that for the other

On remaining faithful while famous: My wife and my family, in my mind, are non-negotiable. And so the non-negotiable things in my life, when I’ve watered their proverbial garden, that’s when my garden grew, and I flourished, and I became more me and felt more Vitale. I have nothing against certain, and I’ve had trysts along my way in my own life. And some people can have them forever. And you can Peter Pan your way through the whole thing. Fine. Um, but it’s the non-negotiable things in my life. I’ve looked at those other things like, Oh, those are stops. Not a stage. The most important thing to me is my, is my family.

On his mom oversharing to the media: I would have conversations and then all of a sudden whoop, what we’d talk about would end up in the paper three days later. I was like, “Mom, that was between us! No, no, no, no mom don’t share that this is a new thing. Loose lips can sink my ship. All of a sudden, I’m at home and I get a call from a buddy and, “Are you watching this? Go turn on the Hard Copy.” There’s mom, giving somebody a tour through the house, “Here’s where I caught him so-and-so in bed” “here’s where I saw him in the shower, you know what he was doing in there.” And I call her up and I go “Mom, what’d you do” and she goes “what are you talking about” I go “Hard Cover,” she goes, “What are you talking about?” I go, “Mom, I can hear it on the other end of the phone. I’m watching it. You’re watching it, too. She’s like, “Oh that, I didn’t think you’d find out.”

I’ve forgiven her. It wasn’t her fault. I just had to make some boundaries. It was tough for eight years, but we went through it and we’re on the other side of it. It’s good.

[From SiriusM’s The Howard Stern Show via YouTube]

I always want to call bs on Matthew but then I listen to him and he sure sells me on what he’s saying. I was about to say there is no way he didn’t date some of his co-stars, but I’ll be damned if he doesn’t sound sincere in his response. I do think we can be pretty certain he and Kate Hudson didn’t have a fling. I posted both clips below. The costars and faithful answers are both in the first clip. Although I never questioned his faithfulness to his wife, Camila Alves, his answer made me swoon a little. Again, not just what he said but how he said it. It’s not a struggle to stay faithful to her and his kids when they are the source of his happiness. Why would you cut the cord if it’s attached to the parachute?

The mom part is in the second clip. There’s more to it than what’s excerpted, like the fact that during the eight years that Matthew wasn’t speaking to her, they would still have Sunday phone calls with his brothers, Matthew would just only speak for about five minutes. In addition to forgiving his mother, once his career was cemented, he gave her permission to say whatever she wanted to the press. According to Matthew, she does and it’s all good with him.

Matthew on co-stars and faithfulness:

Matthew on not speaking to his mom:

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