Matthew McConaughey faked an Australian accent for a year to pick up women.

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey

The 47-year-old actor lived down under in New South Wales for a year when he was 19 years old, and has admitted that upon his return to the US, he spent some time pretending he had picked up the distinct Aussie accent whilst he was there.

Speaking on 'Late Night with Seth Meyers' on Thursday evening (22.12.16), the star said: "The ladies kinda were [into it], which is why I was doing it. And also I was playing a trick.

"There's a lot of my fraternity brothers out there now going, 'You son of a b***h, you did fake that for a year.' Yeah, I did."

But despite having fooled his college friends for 12 months, the 'Dallas Buyers Club' star - who shares children Levi, eight, Vida, six, and Livingston, three, with wife Camila Alves - said he had no problem admitting to his joke when the time came to drop the act.

Asked how he explained his accent change, Matthew said: "I actually let everybody know, all my buddies, on like one night.

"It was like a year after I'd been acting it out with them and we were in the frat house and they were like 'What happened to the Australian accent?' and I was like 'Gotcha'. I did the year long con."

Meanwhile Matthew, who is currently starring as an animated Koala in the musical comedy movie 'Sing', decided he wouldn't pick up the accent for the character.

He said: "It would have been a little too literal, so I decided not to."