Matthew McConaughey's Family Thought Camila Alves Would Say 'No' to His Proposal

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Matthew McConaughey's Family Thought Camila Alves Would Say 'No' to His Proposal

Matthew McConaughey explained in a new interview that his family thought that his wife Camila Alves would say ‘no’ to his 2011 Christmas Day proposal — read more

Awkward alert! Matthew McConaughey explained in a new interview that his family wasn’t so sure that his wife, Camila Alves, would accept his sweet 2011 Christmas Day proposal.

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Chatting with Esquire for its November 2016 cover story, the actor, 46, recounted the nerve-racking moment.


“I remember hitting the knee, looking into her eyes and…I remember her face. I remember this smile coming up from her feet. I remember her having to catch her breath. And she didn’t say yes right away,” McConaughey recalled. “And then the whole family was going, Jeezus, she’s gonna say no.”

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The True Detective star — who married Alves, 34, in June 2012 — previously opened up about the nail-biting experience of asking for the Brazilian model’s hand in marriage during a 2012 interview with Jay Leno.

“At Christmastime, we go around our family and everyone takes turns opening presents,” he recalled. “So I had wrapped the engagement ring in about eight different boxes deep, so she would keep opening boxes to get with it.’”

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The Oscar winner — who first met his spouse at a bar in 2006 — continued: “We finally got to her, and I’m calling my family over … She gets to it, she opens it up, her eyes go wide. I take a knee and I ask her, ‘Will you marry me and take my name?’”

While Alves — with whom McConaughey now shares kids Levi, 8, Vida, 6, and Livingston, 3 — did not immediately say yes, she eventually came around.

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“The first words out of her mouth were not yes. I’m not gonna say what it was,” he teased. “But I did say, ‘Look, I’m down on a knee. I’ll stay here awhile. I will outlast you.’ And I did! She conceded.”


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