"It's the class I wish I would have had when I was in film school. Working in the classroom with these students gives me a chance to prepare them, " said Professor Matthew McConaughey.
Combing his two passions—films and Texas—Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey is now settling into his role as a teacher at The University of Texas at Austin. According to PEOPLE, the 49-year-old will be teaching the Script to Screen for the Moody College of Communication. Announcing the news on Twitter, the University posted a picture of McConaughey alongside many students Wednesday morning. It read: In recognition of his professional pedigree and personal investment in student success, Matthew McConaughey has been appointed a #TEXASMoody professor of practice. @McConaughey will continue to teach the #UTScriptoScreen class in @UTRTF.
In recognition of his professional pedigree and personal investment in student success, Matthew McConaughey has been appointed a #TEXASMoody professor of practice. @McConaughey will continue to teach the #UTScriptoScreen class in @UTRTF. pic.twitter.com/9goKkc6U0A— TEXAS Moody (@UTexasMoody) 28 August 2019
Since 2015, McConaughey has been a visiting instructor at his alma mater. He became a hit among the students in 2016 when he gave them a ride in a golf cart which was actually a part of the university's safe-ride program reports the INSIDER. The Interstellar actor was first invited to teach the "Script to Screen" film-production class alongside another professor, Scott Rice. During his role as a visiting educator in the past four years, the 49-year-old actor also helped design the curriculum for the class and will now be teaching the same as a full-time professor.
Explaining the importance of shaping young minds in this field, McConaughey told UT News, "It's the class I wish I would have had when I was in film school. Working in the classroom with these students gives me a chance to prepare them." he said adding, "Making movies, turning words on paper into film, is both a science and art — no matter the time or generation. The elements of truth and genuine joy for the process are timeless. That will always be our classroom focus." The Golden Globe winner was also announced as the university's "Minister of Culture, " a role which is meant to create "unforgettable UT basketball experience" for fans at their new basketball arena according to UT News.
Born in Uvalde, Texas, the Dallas Buyers Club actor graduated from the University of Texas, Austin with a bachelor's degree of science in radio, television, and film in 1993. The brilliant actor already has 50 films under his belt which includes movies like A Time To Kill, Dazed and Confused, The Wolf of Wall Street, and of course, Dallas Buyers Club, for which he received a Golden Globe and an Oscar for his leading role. His role as a producer and actor in True Detective earned him critical acclaim. The chair of the Department of Radio-Television-Film, Noah Isenberg, vouched for his incredible skills as a teacher when he said, "He has a passion for teaching, and for all things cinematic, that is palpable, even infectious."
Moody College Dean Jay Bernhardt welcomed the actor on board by saying, "We are proud to welcome Professor McConaughey to officially join our world-class faculty." Furthermore, he added, "Matthew cares deeply for our school and our students, and we are thrilled that he shares his time and talent to help prepare the next generation of media leaders and innovators." His latest venture is a result of the actor moving back to his roots in Austin. According to a report by CBS Austin, McConaughey shifted his life to Austin about eight years ago.
In a video posted on Instagram, McConaughey and his wife Camila Alves were heard discussing the reason that made them chose to reside in this place. Mentioning the changes the city has experienced, he explained how Austin is going through some "wonderful growing pains." He further mentioned the challenges faced by the city, i.e. "maintaining the core values of the village we used to be while we're now becoming a great metropolis." In the video filmed at the pair's Just Keep Livin Foundation, the actor was heard adding, "Now with our massive growth we're more than just a university town and a government town. We're a tech town; we're a business town; we're a banking town and we're a congested traffic town... but we don't honk horns!" He also praises Austin saying its a place where "nobody's too good and everybody's good enough."