Matthew McConaughey 'cultivating' the good life as husband, stripper

June 28, 2012 at 9:41 AM ET

June has been a very good month for Matthew McConaughey. He started out the month getting married to his long-time love (and mother of his two children) Camila Alves, and he rounds out the same month with the opening of his new film about male strippers, "Magic Mike."

But he admits that there was a little trepidation when he proposed to Alves last Christmas: "She didn't say yes right away!" he told TODAY's Ann Curry on Thursday. "'Yes' was not the first word out of her mouth. It took about 30 seconds.... She says she was shocked."

Obviously the right words did come out, because the two married on June 9, with son Levi as ring-bearer and daughter Vida as the flower girl. "I don't think she dropped one petal," said the proud papa. 

Lately McConaughey has been learning something other than how to be a husband -- he's been practicing his stripper moves for "Mike." In the film, he plays a club owner and former stripper Dallas, who "believes he is sort of the messiah of the male revue universe," explained the actor. "This subculture, male strippers in this world, it's very carny, almost cheesy world."

Stripping for the camera, he admitted, was something of a rush: "After you get into it and it starts to work, it sort of becomes very fun. Then when it's over three minutes later, and everyone's on the ground laughing, including myself, you want to do it again.... It's a hoot. You're on a stage -- it's rock star stuff."

Still, he admitted: "I'm probably done with public displays of stripping."

So overall, life is on a roll for the easygoing actor, who said, "(My life) is healthy. Personal life is good, career feels good ... and we'll just keep on cultivating."

"Magic Mike" is in theaters as of June 29.

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