Entertainment: Camila Alves talks moving family from Malibu to Texas

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They moved away from Hollywood back in 2012.

And Camila Alves certainly doesn't miss the glitz and the glam.

The 40-year-old wife of Matthew McConaughey gushed about her family's life in Texas a decade after moving to her husband's home state in 2012.

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Family first: Camila Alves gushed about her family's life in Texas a decade after moving to her husband Matthew McConaughey's home state in 2012 in a new interview with Fox News (The family are seen in November 2014) © Provided by Daily Mail Family first: Camila Alves gushed about her family's life in Texas a decade after moving to her husband Matthew McConaughey's home state in 2012 in a new interview with Fox News (The family are seen in November 2014)

Camila - who calls Austin, Texas her home with the 52-year-old Oscar winner and their three children Levi, 13, Vida, 12, and Livingston, 9 - said she prefers living in The Lone Star state as she told Fox News: 'It's been great.

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'It really embodies our belief system, especially the ones I grew up with, like going to church every Sunday, saying "yes ma'am" or "no, sir." I grew up saying those things coming from a family of farmers.'

Camila moved from her native Brazil to New York City when she was 19 but can't help but compare her new home in Austin to where she grew up.

Camila (seen in Los Angeles last week) - who calls Austin, Texas her home with the 52-year-old Oscar winner and their three children Levi, 13, Vida, 12, and Livingston, 9 - said she prefers living in The Lone Star state as she said : 'It's been great' © Provided by Daily Mail Camila (seen in Los Angeles last week) - who calls Austin, Texas her home with the 52-year-old Oscar winner and their three children Levi, 13, Vida, 12, and Livingston, 9 - said she prefers living in The Lone Star state as she said : 'It's been great' 'The kids get to have a private way of growing up. So from that perspective, it was very important': The stunning star - who has been promoting her first children's book Just Try One Bite - said the best benefit of the move halfway across the country was the privacy for her family, as they are seen out in New York back in August 2012 © Provided by Daily Mail 'The kids get to have a private way of growing up. So from that perspective, it was very important': The stunning star - who has been promoting her first children's book Just Try One Bite - said the best benefit of the move halfway across the country was the privacy for her family, as they are seen out in New York back in August 2012

She said: 'For me, being from Brazil and then coming to Texas, I discovered a lot of similarities in terms of what families practice here, especially going to church on Sundays, and being very into the outdoors. It’s been a great transition.'

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The stunning star - who has been promoting her first children's book Just Try One Bite -  said the best benefit of the move halfway across the country was the privacy for her family.

Camila explained: 'We lived in Malibu for many years and having the paparazzi outside our door every day - every single day - when that becomes your normal, you don’t realize how much that’s actually affecting the things you do until you actually leave and get out of it.

'The kids need to understand that as parents, we are on the same page': No doubt family is important to Camila and Matthew as they work as a team to co-parent their three children © Provided by Daily Mail 'The kids need to understand that as parents, we are on the same page': No doubt family is important to Camila and Matthew as they work as a team to co-parent their three children Loved up: McConaughey and Alves (seenn in LA back in December) initially met in 2006 when they were introduced at a bar in Los Angeles as they married in Austin six years later in 2012 © Provided by Daily Mail Loved up: McConaughey and Alves (seenn in LA back in December) initially met in 2006 when they were introduced at a bar in Los Angeles as they married in Austin six years later in 2012

'The kids get to have a private way of growing up. So from that perspective, it was very important.'

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No doubt family is important to Camila and Matthew as they work as a team to co-parent their three children.

She said: 'Matthew is the one the kids will usually go to [if they want to get away with something].

'She gives us a completely different perspective': Their home has become even fuller in recent years as her mother-in-law and Matthew's mother Kay, 90, moved in amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as the entire family are see in Austin in February 2019 © Provided by Daily Mail 'She gives us a completely different perspective': Their home has become even fuller in recent years as her mother-in-law and Matthew's mother Kay, 90, moved in amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as the entire family are see in Austin in February 2019 'We joke about this all the time. Before she was living with us, she had a different perspective on what kind of advice she would give us': She said of Matthew and her relationship with Kay before and after the move in, as they are all seen together at The Oscars in 2014  © Provided by Daily Mail 'We joke about this all the time. Before she was living with us, she had a different perspective on what kind of advice she would give us': She said of Matthew and her relationship with Kay before and after the move in, as they are all seen together at The Oscars in 2014

'But Matthew and I have a pretty good system where we don’t play good cop, bad cop. The kids need to understand that as parents, we are on the same page.'

Their home has become even fuller in recent years as her mother-in-law and Matthew's mother Kay, 90, moved in amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

She talked about how the environment in the home has changed since welcoming her mother-in-law as she said: 'We joke about this all the time. Before she was living with us, she had a different perspective on what kind of advice she would give us. Now that she’s living with us, she gives a completely different perspective. She’s softer.'

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'She brings so much joy to our household': Camila gushed about having her mother-in-law in their home and what an amazing effect she has had on every single person in the household © Provided by Daily Mail 'She brings so much joy to our household': Camila gushed about having her mother-in-law in their home and what an amazing effect she has had on every single person in the household

Camila gushed about having her mother-in-law in their home and what an amazing effect she has had on every single person in the household.

She said: 'I think once you become a grandparent, you become more forgiving in situations. Sometimes I’ll be disciplining the kids or having a more stern conversation with them, and I can tell she has that face like, she doesn’t feel good about it.

'Like, "Do you need to do that?" But, she’s been a great influence in not only our kids' lives but our lives. She brings so much joy to our household.'

McConaughey and Alves initially met in 2006 when they were introduced at a bar in Los Angeles.

Stunning: The Brazilian-American model is seen in Austin in March 2019 © Provided by Daily Mail Stunning: The Brazilian-American model is seen in Austin in March 2019

The happy couple began a relationship shortly afterward, and they started a family with the birth of their son Levi, aged 14, in 2008.

The two expanded their family with the 2010 birth of their daughter Vida, aged 12, before they became engaged on Christmas in 2011.

The pair went on to tie the knot in Austin in 2012, and they added another son named Livingston, aged nine, to their lives that same year.

Camila's children's book - co-authored by Adam Mansbach - Try Just One Bit is in stores now.

Proud: Camila's children's book - co-authored by Adam Mansbach - Try Just One Bit is in stores now (as she is seen at a signing in Los Angeles last month) © Provided by Daily Mail Proud: Camila's children's book - co-authored by Adam Mansbach - Try Just One Bit is in stores now (as she is seen at a signing in Los Angeles last month) Read more

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