George Clooney admits he never saw himself as a parent before meeting Amal Clooney.
Clooney, 60, recently spoke with Marc Maron on the WTF with Marc Maron podcast recounting the day both he and his wife were expecting twins.
“Listen, I didn’t want to get married. I didn’t want to have kids. And then this extraordinary human being walked into my life and I just fell madly in love. Then I knew from the minute I met her that everything was going to be different,” he begins.
“I didn’t know I’d have twins,” he says.
“There is that moment when you go to the doctor and they pull out this piece of paper which is a sonogram and they go, ‘Here’ and you go, ‘It’s a baby boy.’ I’m like, ‘Baby boy, fantastic,’ ” he recalled. “And then they said, ‘And the other one is the girl’ and I was like, ‘Oh s—t.’ “
“[Amal’s] sister has twins and I was gobsmacked because… I was kind of up for one. … I love it now,” he says of being a dad to 4-year-old twins Ella and Alexander. “And thank God they have each other during the pandemic.”
Clooney also spoke about the moment he and Amal first discussed having kids together.
“So we’ve been married for about a year and we were at a friend’s house, and they had a kid there which was loud and obnoxious and I was like, ‘Holy s—t.’ We went outside for a walk. And she’d never thought about it, really. And so then she said, ‘We are awfully lucky in life.’ And I said, ‘Yeah, we are lucky we found each other,’ ” Clooney recalled.
“She said, ‘Seems like that luck should be shared with some other folks.’ “
The actor recalled how he “thought about it for maybe a minute” and didn’t think either of them had “made a decision” about kids at the time.
“And then I just said, ‘Well, I mean, if you’re in’ and she said, ‘I think we should try.’ I have to say it was very emotional because I really was convinced that wasn’t my lot in life and was comfortable with that,” he added.
Clooney went on elsewhere in the interview about what he would like to teach his kids as they grow up.
“I’m really aware of a couple of things, which is I’m aware of the danger of celebrity with kids and I’m aware of the danger of having means with kids,” he said, recalling his own childhood.
“I learned to be scrappy because of that. You can put me in any situation, I can survive,” Clooney said. “I can survive anything. I had to make sure that that’s something that our kids get. That’s important to me.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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