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For more than 10 years, Matthew has thrilled audiences with his charisma and down-home charm, from his breakthrough performance in A Time to Kill to starring roles in The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Sahara. In the romantic comedy Failure to Launch, Matthew stars opposite Sarah Jessica Parker as Trip, a 35-year-old ladies' man who still lives at home with his parents.
Before delving into the details of his off-screen love life, Matthew proposes a toast—with shots of 1,800 Tequila! "[It] always kicks off wonderful conversations," he tells Oprah with a smile. "Salud! To health and good living!"
Matthew feels sexy is as sexy does. "The sexiest people don't think they're sexy," he says. "I would say people are most sexy when they're not putting on airs or trying to act like anything [other] than themselves. People who are comfortable in their own skin are the most sexy."
Matthew feels so at ease in his own skin that he hasn't worn deodorant—or any fragrance that would mask his own unique scent—since he was 14! "The women in my life," Matthew explains, "have all said, 'Your natural smell smells, one, like a man and, two, [it] smells like you. ... [And] there's only one of those."
"I'm pretty comfortable with myself," Matthew says. "My motto in life is, 'Just keep livin'.'"
Matthew says his Spanish skills have improved since he and Penelope started dating. "I was raised in Uvalde, Texas, which is 80 percent Mexican, so I heard Spanish and learned it from my brother and friends," Matthew says. "Now it's gotten a little bit better since my relationship with Penelope. When I go to Spain, later in the night, after more of that [tequila] we just had, the Spanish gets better."
Oprah wants to know—does Matthew feel any pressure from friends and family to get married? The prospect of starting a family someday excites him, he says, "But not too many people bug me about it ... I've always dreamed of having children. I go between [wanting] 14 and two. But I do believe my mate will have something to say about that."
Oprah: Sarah Jessica Parker?
Matthew: Great comedic timing. ... She's a very interesting woman.
Oprah: Jennifer Lopez?
Matthew: Talk about a quintet threat—I've never seen anyone that is so conscious of what she needs to do. [She] choreographs what she needs to do and does it.
Oprah: Sandra Bullock?
Matthew: She could run a country if she wanted to. Beautiful too.
Oprah: Kate Hudson?
Matthew: She gets it.
Oprah: Ashley Judd?
Matthew: A.J.'s strong.
Oprah: Penelope Cruz?
Matthew: She's lovely.
Throughout his home, he points out plenty of sentimental treasures, like the table from his childhood where his family ate dinner, and his father's corkscrew collection. For a personal touch, much of the artwork decorating Matthew's home comes from his travels around the world. "One of the rules with this house is that there are no rules," Matthew says. "It changes all the time."
Matthew has been a familiar and supportive face at practices and games for years. In the year leading up to the Longhorns' big win, Matthew cheered the players on and helped boost morale. To show their appreciation for his support, the Texas Longhorns surprised their number one fan with a framed photograph of Matthew and the team at the Rose Bowl!
John's love for music began at the tender age of four, when he began singing gospel and playing the piano. "We just grew up with music all around us," says John. "We had a piano in the house and my grandmother played the piano ... I started taking lessons when I was four and I haven't stopped since."
* John took home three Grammy Awards in 2006—Best New Artist, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Album!