Alright, alright, alright! Matthew McConaughey is officially on Instagram—and social media just got a whole lot cooler.
Yes, McConaughey’s already using Twitter, but his IG is about to get entirely more intimate. On Instagram, he posted exactly one video and one story on his birthday, November 4th, and seems to be all about peeling back the layers in order to reveal his true self.
“When people come to my page,” McConaughey said on the video post. “I want them to see, to see me.”
To prove his point, McConaughey’s story first shows off his singing talents before the actor-producer segue ways into requesting people drop him some “howdies.” Sure enough, he received plenty of responses. Reese Witherspoon, who starred with McConaughey in 2012’s Mud, joined the list of reactors.
“Instagram just got so much BETTER,” Witherspoon wrote in a reply to his post.
Lincoln—as in the car company who McConaughy has endorsed by working with them on many commercials—quipped back with an especially amusing comment.
“Welcome to Instagram, @officiallymcconaughey – we think you’ll enjoy the ride!”
The official Texas Football and University of Austin accounts also welcomed him to Instagram. McConaughey, of course, initially hailed from Uvalde, Texas which is about an hour-and-a-half west of San Antonio. He currently works for the University of Texas as a professor of practice at the Moody College of Communication (as of fall 2019) where he’s been teaching his Script to Screen course since 2015.
“This is my first venture into sharing myself,” McConaughy admitted. “I know I want to have a monologue. I’m not sure I’m gonna have the dialogue.”
McConaughy fears this new venture into the world of social media, but one glance at his resume shows many very interesting experiences in the way of bringing dialogue to the monologue. The Academy Award-winning actor-turned-professor received a film degree from UT Austin in 1993 before going on to work in over fifty projects. Some of his movies include Dazed and Confused, A Time to Kill, Dallas Buyers Club, The Wolf of Wall Street, as well as the HBO show True Detective.
Per the University of Texas article, McConaughy also dedicates a lot of time to his students. For the last four years, he’s arranged to study some of his arguably lesser known films (such as White Boy Rick and Free State of Jones) while also bringing in special guests such as writer-director Gary Ross and director Jeff Nichols. This semester, McConaughy’s teaching his upcoming movie The Gentlemen—a film that hasn’t even released yet.
For now, we’ve got Instagram posts to look forward to as well as his upcoming movie. It sounds like anyone who follows McConaughey is in store for a glimpse into the actor’s life and will truly learn about the man behind the films.