For the second episode of the monthly Netflix jaunt that brought the 70-year-old out of retirement, Letterman not only interviewed George Clooney, he also traveled to Augusta, Ky. to visit the Catch-22actor’s parents and FaceTime Amal. Clooney opened up his human rights attorney wife of more than three years and their life as parents to eight-month-old twins in Letterman’s latest episode, out Friday.
Here’s what the Academy Award winner divulged:
Their meet cute
Clooney, 56, called the circumstances in which he met Amal, 40, at his home in Italy “the wildest thing.”
“A mutual friend of ours said, ‘I’m stopping by and can I bring my friend?’ And I was like, ‘Of course,’” he told Letterman. Which seems like no big deal until Clooney received a call from his agent who said, as Clooney told it, “I met this woman who’s coming to your house who you’re gonna marry.”
“The funniest thing was my mom and dad were visiting, so my parents were there, and we just talked and we stayed up all night talking,” he continued. “And then, I got her email address ‘cause she was going to send me some pictures of my parents and then, we started writing, and I didn’t know if she wanted to go out with me.” Taking into account the age difference, Clooney thought the two might just be friends.
His early attempts to woo her
Clooney told Letterman how he attempted to make Amal swoon. Spoiler alert: It involved one adorable dog and many musicians.
“I had this dog Einstein, and she was a human rights lawyer so I would write letters from Einstein to her, you know, saying ‘I’m being held hostage, and I need a lawyer to get me out of the room,'” Clooney said, to his host’s delight.
“That was in the summer, and in October I went to London to do the score of a movie at Abbey Road,” he continued, “which is a pretty cool thing — you got 150-piece orchestra, and I thought, ‘If you’re ever going to impress anybody…’ I said, ‘You should come to Abbey Road’ and Amal’s like, ‘Well, I’m at the Muslim Brotherhood right now but I’ll come over right after.’
“So she left this meeting where she’s trying to hold the Muslim Brotherhood to account for something,” he added, “and we’re here just doing a dumb movie score, and I was like, ‘Yeah, this is very important stuff we’re working on here.'”
Amal is an amazing mom
Though he recognizes Amal’s strengths, Clooney almost seemed surprised by her abilities as a parent.
“She is sort of this remarkable human being and now mother which is something I suppose you should assume she would be wonderful at as well,” he said, “but when you see it in person, it makes you feel incredibly proud and also incredibly small.”
When talking with Letterman about how children can make you less self-focused, Clooney shared that he’d felt the same change after getting together with Amal.
“I have to say, before I had the twins, I felt that about her,” he said. “I felt that I’d met someone who I would absolutely trade my life for. I’d met someone that her life meant more to me than my life, and I had never had that experience before, and I had some lovely people in my life, but this was different.”
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