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Matthew McConaughey: My Kids Come With Me When I Film

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As the father of three, Matthew McConaughey knows a lot about family—and balancing that with his work as an A-list actor.

The in-demand star of space odyssey film “Interstellar,” which opens Nov. 7, is seeing what’s being referred to as the “McConnaissance” in terms of his career. In this year alone, he was nominated for an Emmy for his work on “True Detective,” and he won the Oscar and Golden Globe for his role in “Dallas Buyers Club.”

That said, he still makes family a top priority.

“I’m in a fortunate position because my family, kids come with me when I head off,” the actor told mom.me at a press conference for “Interstellar,” referring to the locations where he sometimes has to shoot.

In the film, McConaughey stars as a father of two who sets out with a group of explorers to see if humans can live anywhere besides Earth.

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In real life, as an actor, while he might not have to travel to faraway galaxies for work, he does have to travel to places like Iceland, where parts of the Christopher Nolan movie was filmed.

“Even if you’re not parents, you have parents, and you’ve been in those situations where there’s a certain kind of goodbye," says McConaughey, who has one daughter and two sons with wife Camila Alves.

And he says that's the common denominator for everyone when it comes to this film.

However, going off to space and going on location are two different things, he adds.

“The question of, boy, if I did have to go off because I probably will have to go off for a month at a time and leave the family, that’s a much more minor situation than we had with [my character] Cooper in 'Intersteller.'”

Not that McConaughey himself is going anywhere—at least not if his 4-year-old daughter, Vida, has anything to do with it.

Earlier this week, when accepting an award at the 28th annual Cinematheque Awards, McConaughey took his daughter onstage to accept his honor, getting a serious case of “dad leg” in the process as little Vida clung to her father.

McConaughey might not be going anywhere at the moment—space or otherwise. But if he is, his daughter's going, too.

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