Matthew McConnaughey thinks moving his family to Texas brought "ritual" back to his life.

Camila Alves and Matthew McConaughey moved to Texas in 2014

Camila Alves and Matthew McConaughey moved to Texas in 2014

The 'Gold' actor and his spouse Camila Alves - who have Levi, 15, Vida, 13, and 10-year-old Livingston together - left Malibu to return to his home state in 2014 and they love the regular routines and traditions they have established for themselves there.

In a joint interview with Southern Living magazine, Camila said: “In Texas, we were going to the church that we like to attend every Sunday. Sports became a stronger tradition for the kids.."

Her spouse interjected: “Ritual! Ritual came back, whether that was Sunday church, sports, dinner together as a family every night, or staying up after that telling stories in the kitchen, sitting at the island pouring drinks and nibbling while retelling them all in different ways than we told them before.”

Although they are very content in Texas, the Brazilian model admitted they were still "happy" in Malibu before they moved.

She said: 'We were living a happy life in Malibu. We had a beautiful house that we'd built together and put a lot of love and care into. We were raising our kids there. I was growing everything in the yard. I had bees making honey."

But a family crisis brought them to Austin to help Matthew's mom and brothers, and Camila quickly noticed the 'Lincoln Lawyer' star seemed lighter and happier.

She recalled them being stopped in traffic and she saw a "peaceful but confident, energetic look" on her husband's face.

She asked him: "You want to move here, don't you?"

He quickly replied: "Yep."

Matthew said: "As soon as I chuckled, the light turned green and we pulled out".

Camila quickly agreed to his request and has found a lot of similarities between Texas and her upbringing in Brazil.

She said: 'We grew up saying 'Yes, ma'am' and 'No, sir' or—as I should say—'Yes, ma'am' and 'Yes, sir.' It takes me right back to how I was raised."