Matthew McConaughey reveals an important lesson his dad taught him.
In an appearance on the premiere episode of Amanda de Cadenet’s new podcast The Conversation: About the Men, McConaughey, 52, was asked by Cadenet, 50, about the sexual abuse he experienced as a teenager and how he knew the right way to approach sexual situations as he moved through adolescence. (He wrote about the abuse in his memoir in 2020 Green lights.)
McConaughey said his parents taught him to be respectful in such situations and credited his father with teaching him about consent.
“[My father is] talking to me as his son, as a man in this situation and talking to me about a heterosexual relationship,” the actor recalled in an excerpt from the episode, exclusively to PEOPLE. “He says, ‘If you ever feel the girl as a woman. Hesitate, stop.” “
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“Wow, he told you about consent,” de Canenne said in response.
“He even said this: “You might even feel them hesitate and then after you stop, then they go, ‘Oh no, no, stop,’ Don’t. Wait until next time,” McConaughey said.
“And he was right. I’ve been in situations where I’ve been like, ‘Nah, nah, okay, I’m out,’ and then I’ve been like, ‘Okay, fine, I’m out.’ “No, no, no,” the actor added. “And he said, ‘Believe you’ll get another day if it’s to be.’ “
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De Cadenet, who in the wake of the reversal of the Supreme Court Roe v. Wade In June she opened up about a life-saving abortion she had in 2003, hopes to engage in difficult conversations with men with her new podcast series, according to a press release.
“Men have undoubtedly had a huge cultural toll in recent years. Existing notions of masculinity have broken down and need to be rebuilt. Men’s voices are vital to the restructuring of modern masculinity,” De Cadenet said in a statement.
“I hope I can create a space for men to talk honestly and openly in a collaborative way,” he added. “Consent, parenting, race, cancellation culture, porn, Roe V Wade, and toxic masculinity are just some of the topics we delve into in an uncensored and authentic way.”
Future episodes of The Conversation: About The Men Charlamagne tha God, Zachary Levi, Dr. Terry Real, Nick Viall, Kal Penn and Mike Tyson.
The first episode of the series with McConaughey is released on Monday, September 19. New episodes will air every Monday and can be heard on all podcast streaming services.