Matthew McConaughey Says Levi Makes Life "Cooler"

09/03/2008 at 06:00 PM ET
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When Matthew McConaughey borrowed the line "just keep livin’" from his character Wooderson in the film Dazed and Confused and applied it to his everyday life — including even his JK Livin Foundation — little did he know that one day the motto would also apply to his own children. Whether it’s walking the sidelines of a University of Texas football game or walking the red carpet with his famous parents, Levi Alves McConaughey, 8 weeks, is indeed living large. "We’re having a ball," Matthew, 38, tells Entertainment Tonight, "We’re taking him everywhere…he’s getting out in life. He’s livin.’" Calling Levi a "little prince" who has made life "cooler," Matthew agrees that parenthood changes everything.

"There’s a different way of walking around the world, the way you see it, because you’re … doing it for three. There’s a responsibility that comes with fatherhood that I’ve always looked forward to, and I finally did it."

Number ‘three’ in the equation is, of course, Matt’s partner Camila Alves, 25. The trio are a "family unit" Matt says, but anyone holding out for news of an engagement may be in for disappointment; when asked if the couple has any plans to marry Matt replied simply that they’re "doing fine." For now, Matt and Camila are focusing all their efforts on Levi, who continues to amaze.

"[We’re getting] a little less sleep because you have an alarm clock about every three hours when he’s waking up hungry, but it’s a good wake-up. He’s…starting to clock in, to imitate facial expressions that I’ll give him, he can hear my voice, and so every day something new is happening."

As for Matt and Camila’s decision to plant Levi’s placenta in a local orchard, Matt explains that "it’s more than a ritual, it’s a way to give back to the earth what mother nature built up over nine months." Speaking of as much, from the sound of things, father and son both share an affinity for the ocean. "We’ve already started putting him in the water…there’s nothing natural like that, that he’s afraid of." 

Matt’s latest movie, Surfer, Dude, is in theaters this Friday.

Source: Entertainment Tonight

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gforce on

AAw! He’s cute!!! Does anyone know if Minnie Driver had her baby yet?

gforce on

he’s so cute !!!!

Aya on

I like the idea that they are doing with the placenta. I’m just glad that they aren’t eating it cause that is kinda creepy and cannibalistic.I was wondering, after you have the baby, does the hospital let you do what you want with the placenta or is it something you have to request ?

ava on

Matthew’s surprised me – I never saw him in the fatherly role and even when he announced he was due to become a father I didn’t see him settling down. However, you can tell he’s just adapted to the role so well and he is clearly so in love with both his girl and his baby boy.

I’m so delighted for him!

Danica on

Camila seems laid back and so nice. I just hope they put headphones or protect the baby’s ears when they go to loud music concerts.

Jessica on

I agree, Matthew has really taken to fatherhood and it’s so sweet!

I get sad when I hear about their placenta story though. Before my daughter was born my grandmother and I planned to plant a new magnolia tree next to the one my mother and her grandmother planted 35 years ago. We were going to bury my placenta underneath. I live in Alabama and when I asked the nurse to make sure she saved it she looked at me like I was crazy, and somehow she forgot to save it:( Guess they don’t hear that request too much around here!

SouthernBelle on

Levi is a beautiful child. Matt McC seems to be relishing his role as father and that’s an exciting thing to see. Camila is absolutely glowing. Wish them all the best.

Sami on

I’m a little sad for Camilla. I know if I had a kiddo with a man who described us as a “family unit” I would want the finality of a marriage. Of course that is me and not her.

Max'sMom on

They’re such a relax, loving, happy couple always seeking adventures.

I share their view on bringing the child out & about (all the while maintaining strict nap schedules):) Ensuring babies/toddlers get their sleep is the best way to ensure they’ll be in a good mood & ready to absorb all the world has to offer them.

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