updated 08/25/2015 AT 8:16 PM ET
•originally published 01/13/2014 AT 12:00 PM ET
“All right, all right, all right!”
Matthew McConaughey said as he accepted his award with the tag line from his Dazed and Confused character, David Wooderson, but the actor later revealed that his son wasn’t so sure he’d take home the Golden Globe for his portrayal of Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club.
“We were explaining to the kids what was going on tonight,” McConaughey told PEOPLE. ” ‘Dad’s up against five other actors, and they are saying he is nominated to be one of the best performances of the year tonight.’ And my son says, ‘I really hope you win Papa, but you’re going to lose.’ ”
Admitting that his son may have been his “good luck charm,” the actor, 44, also said that choosing roles that puzzle him is the key to his success.
“I have been choosing roles that shook my floor, that challenged me in a way where I said, ‘I am not sure what I am going to do with this, but I can’t wait.’ I have been choosing directors and stories that I haven’t seen before and characters, men with real identities.”
McConaughey added that his life away from the cameras fulfills him and helps to support his work.
“My life outside of my career is extremely interesting to me and extremely enriching to me. So I am letting that also feed my work and letting my work feed my life, and if I can keep that reciprocity going, that’s where I’d like to be and remain.”
Reporting by GABRIELLE OLYA