"Well, they don't have a choice now," the actor said of Americans embracing Trump
'This Morning' TV show, London, UK - 27 Jan 2017
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The Gold star sat down with BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show to talk about his new film, but the conversation quickly turned to the new commander in chief. After Marr suggested during the interview that Gold was about “redneck America sticking one up to the snotty East Coast elites,” McConaughey decided to share his thoughts on Trump.

Asked if Americans need to give the president a break. McConaughey answered, “Well, they don’t have a choice now.”

He added, “He’s our president. And it’s very dynamic and as divisive of an inauguration and time as we’ve had. At the same time, it’s time for us to embrace and shake hands with this fact and be constructive with him over the next four years.”

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The interview was conducted before Trump signed an executive order last Friday that instituted a controversial immigration ban. The actor’s wife, Camila Alves, was born in Brazil, but decided to stay in Los Angeles after visiting the city to see her aunt at the age of 15. After working as a housecleaner and waitress, she found success as a model and officially became a U.S. citizen in 2015.

Many of McConaughey’s fellow actors, such as Jennifer Lawrence, Mia Farrow, and Alyssa Milano, have spoken out against the ban.