Matthew McConaughey, the Perfect Mother's Day Present
05.10.09 by REELZ
We're not sure how ReelzChannel host Gerrad Hall will ever top this year's Mother's Day present -- he arranged for his mom to interview her all-time favorite actor, Matthew McConaughey. Here's his story:
On April 18th, I flew my Mom, Donna Penick, out to do the interview. We saw The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past the night before, which she LOVED.
As you can imagine, she was incredibly nervous in the hours leading up to the interview. I certainly coached her as much as possible, gave her some pointers on the little things that matter in these interviews, making sure she takes full advantage of the QUICK four minutes she'd have with McConaughey and co-star Jennifer Garner.
Just before the interview, we were waiting outside the room. McConaughey and Garner had taken a quick break ... and we were standing there as McConaughey returned to the room. My mom wouldn't look at him, afraid of her own reaction.
After doing this for nearly three years, it's easy to not get so star-struck (though trust me, there are still actors I will, and do, go a little gaga over). For me, the most special part of this entire thing was seeing a true fan live out her dreams. From the day I got my job at ReelzChannel, meeting Matthew McConaughey has been her only request. I'm happy I was able to make it happen for her. And now she has it on video -- a memory that'll last her a lifetime. Not a bad Mother's Day gift, right? Granted, a month early -- and surely she'll enjoy the flowers I got her just as much.
You can check out the interview below.