Lisa Wilkinson's awkward moment with Matthew McConaughey: 'Did I say that?'

Lisa Wilkinson has faced a bit of an awkward moment with Matthew McConaughey while chatting with the Hollywood icon about his time down under as a teen.

Lisa, 61, was mid-interview with the Oscar winner via video call on The Project on Tuesday night when the discussion turned to Matthew's 'formative' year spent in Australia as an 18-year-old.

Lisa Wilkinson interviews Matthew McConaughey on The Project. Photo: Channel 10.
Lisa Wilkinson chatted with Matthew McConaughey about his Aussie past on The Project. Photo: Channel 10.

At that point, the veteran TV star put Matthew, 52, on the spot by recalling a comment he made about the dating scene on NSW's Central Coast, where he lived and worked in 1987.

"I must say belatedly on behalf of the women of Australia, I'm really sorry because I recently learned that, according to you, Australian chicks didn't dig you," Lisa asked.

"What did we do wrong? Please tell us now," she continued, as the Dallas Buyer's Club actor looked taken aback.

"Did I say that?" he responded while shifting in his seat. "You did!" Lisa pressed him with a smile.


Though slightly uncomfortable, Texas-born Matthew was gracious in his reply, copping most of the 'blame' for his lack of luck with local Aussie ladies.

"It might've been more my fault. It was a formative year but it was an awkward year as well," he admitted with a grin.

"So a lot of the blame is probably on me for that," he chuckled.

Matthew has, of course, been married to Brazilian-American model Camila Alves since 2012 and the pair share three children.

Lisa and Matthew went on to chat about his other Australian connection via his latest film, the animated musical, Sing 2 in which he plays a koala.

The proud patriot also spoke about his decision to backtrack on plans to run for office in Texas.

"At this point in time in my life that's not my path where I believe I can be most useful," he explained.

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