Matthew McConaughey, a self-proclaimed realist, is urging Americans to give Donald Trump a chance as president.


In an interview with BBC One’s Andrew Marr, the actor was asked if he believes Hollywood should give Trump a “break.” “Well, they don’t have a choice now, he’s our president,” was McConaughey’s response. “And it’s very dynamic and as divisive of an inauguration and time as we’ve had. At the same time, it’s time for us to embrace and shake hands with this fact and be constructive with him over the next four years.”

What is unclear is the timeline of the interview, whether it occurred before or after the executive order to ban immigration from seven predominately Muslim countries and all new refugees.

McConaughey’s own wife, Camila Alves, was born in Brazil and immigrated to the U.S. when she was 15. She visited her aunt in Los Angeles and decided to stay. She began as a housecleaner and waitress before becoming a successful model, and officially became a U.S. citizen in 2015.

Many actors and actresses oppose the new president, and some have already spoken out against the immigration ban, including Jennifer LawrenceAlyssa Milano and Michael Moore.

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