YourTango Talks With Matthew Goode

The actor talks about his preference for East Coast ladies and the one white lie he tells his wife.

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English actor Matthew Goode has skimmed the surface of that coveted Household Name status since he played Mandy Moore's strapping British love interest in 2004's Chasing Liberty. He's since racked up some steady work—Match Point, Watchmen—and most recently co-starred in Tom Ford's directorial debut, A Single Man.

Next up is the romantic comedy Leap Year, which centers around an American woman, Anna (Amy Adams), set to propose to her boyfriend in Ireland. Goode plays a rough, Irish badboy who takes Anna on a wild ride and might (might) charm her right out of those engagement plans. 7 Terrible Ways To Propose


We got the chance to sit down and chat with Goode about how he prefers East Coast ladies and the one white lie he tells his wife.

What's the most important quality in a significant other? Sense of humor and patience.

What's your favorite romantic movie? Hmm (long pause). When Harry Met Sally is a pretty good one, I guess. You know, I don't tend to even go to the cinema that often.

If you could time travel, what love advice would you give your younger self? Have a lot of sex, kid. Don't worry too much if you're on the right line, fellow. You'll get yours and then some. You can't please others all the time.


I'm a sucker for a woman who_____.  Can drink (laughs). And has a good sense of humor. My past is littered with fun women. Couples Who Drink Together, Stay Together

If she doesn't drink is that an immediate deal-breaker? (Long pause) I guess not. She could be in AA.

In the movie Amy Adams' character, Anna, is ridiculously high-maintenance. How do you feel about high-maintenance women? Oh, God. I wouldn't have touched her with a 10-foot pole! I can't stand that! For me, high-maintenance is particularly amusing. Poll: Is Your Man Higher-Maintenance Than You?

If your love life were a song title, what would it be? London Calling

On what occasion do you lie to your wife? I don't lie that often. Maybe to say "only one more beer and I'll be right home" (laughs). White Lies In Relationships


Really? No white lies? No creative answers to "do you think she's pretty?" or "do I look fat in this?" If she asked questions like that she wouldn't be my wife.

Do you believe in love at first sight? Yes, I kind of do. More fate than love at first site. I think most men could walk down the street and fall in love over and over again with every beautiful girl they saw.

How are American girls different then British girls? You know, I don't really know, but I can say I really do like Southern girls. They're great fun! Overall, I prefer East Coast women, but all English women seem to be a bit more confident in the bar scene than American women.


What three words would your wife use to describe you? Good God. "He's alright." Ha. I wouldn't get a glowing reference. Maybe: "Funny, sometimes drunk."

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