Why Matthew McConaughey Let Son Levi Join Social Media After Years of Discussing "Pitfalls"

While Matthew McConaughey's wife Camila Alves McConaughey admitted she was nervous about son Levi joining Instagram, the Oscar winner recently revealed why they decided to let him have an account.

By Elyse Dupre Sep 07, 2023 4:18 PMTags
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There was no failure to launch Matthew McConaughey's son Levi's new Instagram account.

After he and wife Camila Alves McConaughey revealed in July that their 15-year-old would be joining social media, the Dallas Buyers Club actor shared insight into what led them to grant their eldest permission to post. 

"We thought he was ready," the Oscar winner told People in an interview published Sept. 7. "After two to three years of talking about the pitfalls and the upfalls and the downfalls, and him shadowing me on my IGs and his mother on hers and picking out people that he looked up to and talking to them about it, we felt he's got enough information and is mature enough to tell his own story." 

And while Matthew previously admitted that Camila was nervous about Levi joining Instagram, the 53-year-old expressed his confidence in the teen's ability to navigate the space.

"He's a very considerate and cool young man," he added. "I hope that the world out there can reciprocate and treat him the same as he treats them."

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This echoes the message Matthew—who also shares daughter Vida, 13, and son Livingston, 10, with Camila—first shared in his announcement about Levi joining Instagram.

"He knows who he is, and he knows where he's going. I think he can handle it," the How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days star said in a July 7 video. "He's got a great story to tell and share. I wanna let all y'all know you're getting a very cool and respectful young man in Levi McConaughey comin' atcha. And I hope y'all can do your best to treat him the same way. Levi, enjoy the adventure. Enjoy sharing your story, expressing yourself and what you put out there and the exchange you get with people out there."

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And it looks like Levi is doing just that. As he wrote in his very first post in July, "happy to be here."

To see photos of the McConaughey family through the years, keep reading.

Baller Lifestyle

Matthew and his son Livingston meet Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green.

Paris Fashion Week

This family time at Paris Fashion Week was magnifique!

Braving Waves

"Surf souvenirs," Matthew captioned this March 2023 pic of son Levi.

Best Uncle

"Uncle @woodyharrelson is questioning if the cake is vegan or not!!!" Camila Alves wrote on Instagram in January 2023 for her and Matthew's daughter Vida's 13th birthday. "How does this go people! Time flies… 13! You are my ray of sunshine Vida!!! Your name explains everything about you "life" (#tb on celebrating her birthday on our family vacation trip January 3rd)"

Too Cool
Hairy Situation
Date Night
Play Time
Couple's Selfie

Matthew and Camila Alves take a selfie.


Camila Alves kisses her husband.

The Trio

Matthew and wife Camilla Alves' kids LivingstonVida and Levi pose for a 2022 pic.

Going Camping

In December 2022, Camila Alves wrote, "We get the trailer they are responsible for the tent… #ontheroad."

Batter Up

Matthew appears with Camila Alves and kids Levi and Vida at a baseball game between the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas.

Family Night

Matthew brings his family to the 2014 Mack, Jack & McConaughey Gala.

Reading Time

"Kids reading time by the fire!" Camila Alves wrote in December 2022. "Fun book @reesewitherspoon !! Ladies and gentlemen if you don't have it time to get it! Great gift too!"

Red Carpet Ready

Matthew brings Camila Alves and their kids LeviVida and Livingston to the 2019 Texas Medal Of Arts Awards at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin, Texas.

Star Power

Matthew and his family attends his Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony in 2014.

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