Movie man Matthew Mcconaughey has found true love with a waitress ten years his junior.

The chiseled WEDDING PLANNER star chose MICHELLE SMITH to accompany to him to last month's (23MAR03) Academy Awards and the pair have been dating since before Christmas (DEC02).

The Texan has previously been linked to fellow actress Sandra Bullock, but says of Michelle, "She is a very special lady. I don't know if I've found my ideal lady, but I'm dating a good one right now.

"She is not in this business and she is from Texas as well. She is a joy to be around. I don't know the future but it's OK for today."

However, the wealthy star, who was the first choice for LEONARDO DiCAPRIO's role in TITANIC, has not ruled out the prospect of marriage one day.

He adds, "I see pictures of the future and I see family, I see kids, I see a partner. When that times does come, I look forward to embracing it and taking on that part of my life."