Why Matthew McConaughey Tries to Avoid Dating His Co-Stars Even When He Had Crushes

Some actors fall for their co-stars, but Matthew McConaughey has tried to avoid it. That doesn’t mean he didn’t date them, or that he didn’t have crushes. This is how he felt about Sandra Bullock and why he doesn’t want to mix business with pleasure.

Matthew McConaughey developed a crush on Sandra Bullock

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McConaughey has acted with multiple stars throughout his career. One of them was Bullock, who worked with him on the 1996 movie, A Time to Kill.

The movie showed Carl Lee Hailey (Samuel L. Jackson) being accused of murdering two white men who raped his daughter. McConaughey played a lawyer who decides to represent him. Bullock played a woman who really inspires his character to fight for this man.

McConaughey was later asked to say the first thing that comes to mind when he thinks of Bullock in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “Could run her own country,” he answered.

He was then asked if he had the biggest crush on her while working on the movie. “I developed a crush on Sandra Bullock,” he admitted.

He was dating Ashley Judd at the time

Camila Alves and Matthew McConaughey
Camila Alves and Matthew McConaughey | Rick Kern/WireImage

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The co-stars were most likely just working together at the time. McConaughey did date Ashley Judd, who played his wife in A Time to Kill. The relationship reportedly didn’t last very long.

McConaughey did eventually reconnect with Bullock. They dated for almost two years before going their separate ways. He later married Camila Alves in 2012, and they’re still married.

He think co-stars who really date ruin the experience

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Sometimes it’s revealed movie co-stars have fallen in love. But McConaughey explained why it’s better for the audience to not know if the actors really had a romantic relationship.

“If you look at the history of films, when you see a couple — say they did a movie together and then, later on, they get married, and they make another movie together,” he said on The Howard Stern Show. “Watch the movie – when they’re really good is the movie before it was ever public that they’re getting together.”

The actor thinks people wouldn’t feel the same way if things were different. “But once they get married, you watch that movie, they’re not near as good together… It’s the movie when they met that you go, ‘That’s the one [where] this thing is sizzling,'” he continued.

McConaughey said he has “organically” avoided getting personally involved with his co-stars. “I’ve always tried to keep it professional and the people I’ve worked with, I must say, did as well,” he said.

The actor talked about having some crushes. “Maybe we had certain crushes on each other at certain times, but we always just kind of kept it professional,” he said. “Or maybe we were dating somebody seriously outside of ourselves at the time and we both respected that for the other.”

It sounds like the actor thinks movies starring two people who aren’t in a relationship is better. But he has developed crushes on his co-stars.