2005 was an interesting time for Matthew McConaughey. He was at least three years away from The Lincoln Lawyer, the first concerted effort to lose his affable man-candy rom-com image, and he’d just been honored as PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive.
A lot has happened since then, including but not limited to: candidly beautiful awards show speeches, Lincoln commercials, grim pay-cable detective shows. Now, with the benefit of ten years of hindsight, we present to you an annotated highlight reel from his Sexiest Man Alive interview.
His favorite book is the dictionary.
“I love to look up words,” McConaughey told PEOPLE, even then anticipating the heights of fancy his awards show acceptance speeches would one day ascend to.
"My rule is to break one sweat a day."
“Whether that’s going for a run, whether that’s dancing, whether that’s loving – just break a sweat a day.” What about, like, sweats developed watching an especially harrowing episode of Top Chef? (Asking for a friend.)
"I don’t care to tongue-down in public for the masses."
This is Matthew McConaughey on PDA. As you were.
"For me, one of the toughest things about Valentine’s Day is that it gets geared up as the day to profess your love. See, T-E-S-T – that’s a bad word that doesn’t go with L-O-V-E."
What’s amazing about this quote is that McConaughey doesn’t feel the need to explain what his criteria is for what makes words go well together. We just have to infer that it has something to do with the phonetics of the letters involved? Or maybe the phases of the moon? Unclear.
“I’ll put cold salad on the bottom and put hot pasta over it. Corn will be in the marinara. Usually just a spaghetti. Garlic, that’s the first thing, and then bring down the yellow onions and fresh tomatoes, and just a shot of Prego out of the bottle helps with the viscosity. It’s very important, you want it to stick to the noodle. And then Italian sausage.”
I usually drink my beer on ice, that way you get hydrated on the way.
Well, that’s just good advice.
"Cooking schools and the country of Mali."
The question that this was the answer to was, “What’s bookmarked on your computer?” Those two answers must be related. They must be.
His Voicemail Message
” ‘Hey, this is McConaughey, Nov. 4, 2005, 36 times. Just keep livin’ along the way. Talk to you later.’ ”
Can you imagine the joy this must have sown in the hearts of the privileged few who heard it in the fall of 2005?
Best No-Context Quote
“I’ve got no trouble making a tree house.”
Second-Best No-Context Quote
“I will be the first to find the groove. I mix some salsa moves in. No lessons; all freestyle.”