Matthew McConaughey wants eight more kids - wife not so keen

Photo: Matthew McConaughey/Instagram
Photo: Matthew McConaughey/Instagram 

They already have three children, but actor Matthew McConaughey has revealed that if it were up to him, he and wife Camila Alves would have a much bigger brood.

"I'd like to have eight more kids," McConaughey told the audience at the HISTORYTalks: Leadership and Legacy event in New York on Saturday.

Unfortunately, however, Alves doesn't agree.

"My wife's not on the same page," the 50-year-old said. "I understand that. It's a lot easier for us (guys)."

 McConaughey, who described his three children Levi, 11, Livingston, seven, and daughter Vida, 10, as his "living legacy", said he wanted to be a dad from a very early age.

"I remember at eight years old, it's really the only thing I ever knew I wanted to be was a dad," he said. "I've got a large hand in shepherding my three children up until they're 18 and out of the house. … That's the thing I think I do most honourably is having three autonomous, conscientious, confident children."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Oscar winner previously opened up about the way he and Alves, whom he married in 2012, parent their kids.

"We mix the 'alright, alright, alright' into the discipline," he told PEOPLE in 2018. "The main thing is that my wife and I, Camila, we have a similar moral bottom line. And as you learn, if you have kids, every day they get older, you realise how much more it's really DNA. We can nudge 'em and shepherd 'em, et cetera et cetera, but they are who they are. And right now, I'm just happy to say we have three healthy ones and they're very much individuals."

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But Fridays are all about fun.

"Friday night's the no-curfew night," he said. "It's pizza night, it's a movie night, it's 'all the kids can sleep with Mama and Papa night.'"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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