Matthew McConaughey is pretty busy this coming Oscar season but instead being hard at work on a movie set, he’s teaching in a college classroom.
The Academy Award-winning actor has joined the faculty of the University of Texas. Students in the Department of Radio-Television-Film this fall semester will get to learn from McConaughey. As reported by W magazine, the acclaimed actor has been visiting as an instructor in his alma mater UT Austin since 2015.
The 49-year-old Hollywood star has been co-teaching a film class called Script to Screen, a curriculum McConaughey himself developed. The star also regularly visits the university to support its football games.
On Wednesday, the University of Texas in Austin released a statement singing praises for the actor as they acknowledge his “outstanding work as a teacher and mentor” and “willingness to work with students beyond the classroom.”
Speaking to W magazine, McConaughey addressed the exciting news saying“Working in the classroom with these students gives me a chance to prepare them,”
“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,” he says of his designed curriculum.
The University of Texas alum graduated back in 1993 with a film degree. This was the same year McConaughey made his big-screen debut as Wooderson in Dazed and Confused but Richard Linklater. Since then, the actor has had a lengthy and steady career appearing in more than 50 films. His performance in the 2013 film Dallas Buyers Club earned him an Oscar and a Golden Globe.