Like many parents, Matthew McConaughey is finding 2020 to be a challenge.
The Oscar winning actor opened up to PEOPLE about navigating raising children during a pandemic, proudly saying his children have adapted well to life in lockdown; becoming more self-reliant and creative.
The 50-year-old, who shares Levi, 12, Vida, 10, and Livingston, eight, with his wife Camila Alves McConaughey, 37, explained his kids have "doubled down" on their hobbies, engaging in activities they probably wouldn't have if they were still physically at school.
"One particular passion and skill they've honed is photography," he says.
"They're into it — all three [of the kids]," adding that his children, who took the cover photo for his interview with PEOPLE are "becoming a little production crew".
"It's very cool. They're starting to get kind of good at it."
The dad-of-three proudly said being in quarantine has forced his kids to become more self-reliant.
"They've been forced to create their way out of their boredom," he explained.
With a budding novelist, artist and music composer between them, McConaughey says he enjoys every minute of raising the trio.
Like many parents navigating pandemic life, Matthew McConaughey has faced the unique challenge of raising his little ones in quarantine. As he watches them tap into their talents, he relishes the “privilege and responsibility” of being their dad. ❤️ “The only thing I ever knew I wanted to be was a father,” the 50-year-old Oscar winner tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “And it’s remained the pinnacle for me. Being a dad was always my only dream. ... I can’t think of anything being more important.” 🙏 Pick up the issue on stands Friday, and tap the bio link for more about his life, his new memoir, and the “awe-inspiring” gift of fatherhood.
"The only thing I ever knew I wanted to be was a father," he says. "And it's remained the pinnacle for me. Being a dad was always my only dream. ... I can't think of anything being more important."
Although he still has the teenage years ahead of him, the actor said him and Camilla are confident that they will never question how much their parents love them.
"My hope is that our kids are conscientious and confident and autonomous," he said. "All three are very, very caring and kind individuals."