All right, all right, all right! After months of rumors, Texas native Matthew McConaughey is seriously considering throwing his hat in the ring to become the Lone Star state's next governor, an insider tells OK!.
The Oscar winner, 51, who recently set tongues wagging when he told an interviewer that "politics seems to be a broken business," has been putting out feelers "to see if he's got sufficient support. If enough donors are willing to write checks, he'd mount an aggressive run in 2022," dishes the insider, who says the Austin-based actor has already gotten the thumbs-up from his wife, Camila Alves, 39, and their three kids: Levi, 12, Vida, 11, Livingston, 8.
"At this point, he needs to see an actual path to winning because he's not interested in just making a protest statement," the insider adds. "Don't be fooled by his aw-shucks attitude — Matthew means business!"
It seems as though McConaughey has been thinking long and hard on this next step in his career. "As I move forward in life, yes, am I gonna consider leadership roles where I can be most useful? I'd love to," McConaughey said in November when The Hugh Hewitt Show host Hugh Hewitt asked if his "kind of center-right in the view of people" could make him the governor of Texas.
"I don’t know. I mean, that wouldn’t be up to me. It would be up to the people more than it would be me," the Hollywood star answered. He added that, "when politics redefines its purpose, I could be a hell of a lot more interested."
The True Detective alum said he wanted everyone to "get behind personal values to rebind our social contracts with each other as Americans, as people again," adding that the country "doesn’t trust each other."
"That leads to us not trust in ourselves, which if that becomes an epidemic, then we’ve got anarchy," he continued. "I’m all for the individual, and I think it’s for — to make collective change that the individual needs to look in the mirror and say, ‘How can I be a little bit better today?'"