He’s so much more than alright, alright, alright. 

Talented? Yes. Charismatic? Yes. Handsome? Yes, indeed. There are so many reasons to adore Matthew McConaughey, and our Southern hearts leap with joy every time the Hollywood movie star’s name is mentioned. Whether you admire him for his funny and adorable films, like How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, or his more dramatic performances, such as Dallas Buyers Club, there is no shortage of Matthew McConaughey fans out there. But, here’s the thing. Between his family values, Texas roots, and overall Southern charm, Mr. McConaughey certainly has a connection to the states situated below the Mason-Dixon. And for that, we admire him even more! Here are a few reasons we have an endless amount of Southern love for the one and only - Matthew McConaughey.

He’s A Mama’s Boy

Let’s be honest, a guy that treats his mama well is hard to resist, and that’s surely the case with this Hollywood heartthrob. There’s no denying Kay McConaughey is one lucky lady. Matthew frequently takes her out on the town, attributes his career success to her, and moved to Texas to be closer to his mother. He even affectionately nicknamed her K-Mac. In the South, our respect for the matriarch of the family runs deep, and Mr. McConaughey certainly demonstrates that sentiment. Swoon.

Texas Forever

Behind the globetrotting lifestyle and movie star glam, Matthew McConaughey is just a simple Texas man with ample hometown pride – something all Southerners can relate to. Born in Uvalde, Texas, he’s the youngest of three boys. McConaughey’s love of the Lone Star State shows through his taste for whiskey, Southern twang, and of course, constant support of UT (his alma matter).

Bold In His Faith

In a world where expressing faith and moral belief is increasingly more frowned upon than accepted, Mr. McConaughey goes against the grain. In his 2014 Oscar acceptance speech he said, “Now first off I want to thank God, because that’s who I look up to. He has graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or of any human hand. He has shown me that it is a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates.” It’s easy to love a guy who uses his fame as a platform to unabashedly communicate honorable values. Right on!