Yes you read that right! Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey is now a full time professor at the University of Texas in Austin.
The hollywood actor has taken a rather out of the blue career change and has been officially appointed as a professor of practice at the Moody College of Communication.
Mconaughey starts his new ‘job’ as a professor this fall. So you are more than likely going to see him walking around the campus.
The institution announced the news in a tweet saying ‘in recognition of his professional pedigree and personal investment in student success’.
He will be in the Department of Radio-Television-Film. He has been serving as a visiting instructor since 2015 so everyones pretty familiar with him there.
In recognition of his professional pedigree and personal investment in student success, Matthew McConaughey has been appointed a #TEXASMoody professor of practice. @McConaughey will continue to teach the #UTScriptoScreen class in @UTRTF. pic.twitter.com/9goKkc6U0A
— TEXAS Moody (@UTexasMoody) 28 August 2019
Mconaughey taught the ‘Script to Screen’ film-production class with Scott Rice, another professor.
He is helping to shape the curriculum and use his incredibly invaluable experience to give an insight into film production behind-the-scenes.
He has commented previously that it’s a class he wish he had when he was studying, and likens the filmmaking process to being ‘timeless’.
“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.”
The academy award winning actor was born in Uvalde, Texas, and graduated in 1993 with a film degree from the University of Texas so he’ll feel very ‘at home’ teaching there.
The actor has been in a huge 50 films, including Wolf of Wall Street, Dazed and Confused, Interstellar and Dallas Buyers Club.
— TEXAS Moody (@UTexasMoody) 29 August 2016
It doesn’t stop there, he’s also a producer.
Moody College Dean Jay Bernhardt said:
“We are proud to welcome Professor McConaughey to officially join our world-class faculty.
Matthew cares deeply for our school and our students, and we are thrilled that he shares his time and talent to help prepare the next generation of media leaders and innovators.”