Matthew McConaughey has moved his family to Texas.

The 42-year-old actor – who has son Levi, three, and two-year-old daughter Vida, with fiancee Camilla Alves – explained he appreciates the laid-back vibe of the Texan capital, Austin, and is happy to finally live in a city where he can be himself.

He said: "No one recognises you and no one asks you, ‘Hey, what do you do?,' because I don't think anyone cares.

"Fridays show up sooner here. You want to get along in Austin, you want to get along in Texas, all you have to do is be yourself."

Matthew cited the wise words of Camilla's Brazilian mother, who thinks in Los Angeles – where the family used to reside – people will "stand on your shoulders" to get to where they want to be.

Speaking at the Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards last night, he explained: "My mother-in-law from Brazil has travelled around the world and we've lived in Los Angeles and New York.

"She says to me the other day, ‘In LA, people will walk on your back and stand on your shoulders to get where they are going, in New York, they will just pull out a gun and tell you they will kill you. Here in Texas, everybody walks together.' I think that is a compliment, Austin."

Matthew is no stranger to the state after growing up in the small town of Uvalde in West Texas and then attending the University of Texas in Austin.