Matthew McConaughey wasn’t always certain his place was in Hollywood. In an interview with up and coming star Glen Powell, McConaughey shared that he almost walked from acting entirely.

During a time when he was known for his roles in romantic comedies like “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” and “The Wedding Planner,” he decided to take a break to reassess his career.

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“I’ve usually zigged when I felt like Hollywood wanted me to zag,” the 54-year-old told “Twisters” star Glen Powell in an Interview magazine article. “During my rom-com years, there was a limit to how much I could give to those roles, even though they were successful. I wanted to try different things, but I wasn’t getting the opportunities, so I left Hollywood for two years.”

McConaughey described the break as “scary” and considered leaving acting entirely to pursue a different career.

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“I had long talks with my wife about finding a new vocation,” he said. “I thought about teaching high school, studying to be a conductor, or becoming a wildlife guide.”

The actor married Camilla Alves in 2012, and they have three children together.

Reflecting on that period, McConaughey said he feared Hollywood had cast him aside for stepping out of his established genre. “I honestly thought, ‘I stepped out of Hollywood. I got out of my lane.’ And Hollywood’s like, ‘Well, you should have stayed in your lane. Later.’”

Despite feeling “insignificant” during his time off, McConaughey knew he needed to see it through. “I wasn’t going to quit the mission I was on. But it was scary because I didn’t know if I’d ever get out of the desert.”

Powell agreed, noting that while there are stories of actors who never returned after a break, it can be beneficial to let Hollywood “miss you.”

McConaughey, a Texas native, likened the experience to “lean horse, long ride.” He recounted, “Before ‘A Time to Kill’ opened, there were 100 scripts I wanted to do but couldn’t get. After that weekend, those 99 noes became 99 yeses. It was shocking.”

To clear his head, McConaughey took a backpacking trip to Peru for three weeks. His last romantic comedy role was in 2009’s “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.” By 2011, he starred in “The Lincoln Lawyer,” and in 2014, he won his first Oscar for “Dallas Buyers Club.”

McConaughey stated, “Once I felt established in Hollywood, I felt comfortable going back home. You can observe people honestly in Texas. In Hollywood, everyone’s a voyeur. Instead of going to a place to eat, many go to see who’s there.”