Constantly photographed out and about with their 9-month-old son Levi, Matthew McConaughey and his girlfriend Camila Alves always seem unfazed by the pursuing paparazzi, often offering a small smile or a quick wave. In a recent interview with Ryan Seacrest, the 39-year-old actor reveals that he refuses to stop living his life as a result of his celebrity status. “You can either stay inside and stay away from them … or you can get out, live your life [knowing] sometimes you’re going to get documented,” he says.

Make no mistake, however — the photographers have been forewarned by the protective papa!

That said, Matthew gushes to PARADE that his son is quite the happy baby boy; Elated with fatherhood, he can’t help but “get a kick out of making [Levi] laugh,” a game that has become frequent for the father-son duo. “You get more foolish really quickly and you’ll do anything to get a smile from him,” Matthew explains.

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is now in theaters.

— Anya