Matthew McConaughey's wife knows what she wants and she gets it

Oct 21, 2014 at 4:49 p.m. ET
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There's no denying that Matthew McConaughey is a happily married man, but before he and his beautiful wife Camila Alves exchanged vows, the actor was dragging his heels to get hitched.

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During an interview with the November issue of GQ, the Dallas Buyers Club actor revealed to the magazine that it took him a while to be ready to become a married man.

"I had to get to the point where I saw it as more than just the thing to do," the actor said of marrying his wife after the pair already shared two children, Levi and Vida, together. "I wanted to really want to. You know, I didn't want it to be a destination; the fun is that we're on the adventure together. So I spent a lot of time with her," McConaughey explained.

"We talked about it spiritually. We did a lot of reading and talked to a lot of people that had been divorced, a lot of people that had been happily married. We talked to our pastor," he says. "In the end, our understanding was, 'Let's go make a covenant, with you, me, and God.'"

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No matter. His wife knew she had found a keeper and she just needed to put him in his place. It took a bit of convincing on her part, but she got what she wanted in the end.

"And look, some of it had to do with her putting it on me. It took her going, 'C'mon, Big Boy, Mr. Easygoing We'll-Get-to-It-When-We-Get-to-It. Either shit or get off the pot,'" he explained.

However, the couple have now been very happily married now for two years — it finally happened in 2012 — and they've welcomed their third child together, Livingston, since their marriage. And while marriage may have been something that the Oscar-winning star had to warm to, he always knew he wanted to be a father.

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"It's the one thing I've always wanted to be," he told the magazine. "I knew when I was 8 years old. I mean, I wanted to be things like the Washington Redskins running back and all that stuff, but the one thing I knew I wanted to be was a father. I understood that was why my dad was making me say 'Yes, sir' and 'Yes, ma'am' to elders. You know, 'I'm not on par with the adults yet. There's places to go.'"