"Everything about my wife is sort of magical, as I think everybody has come to realize as they see her and hear her and hear what she stands for."
George Clooney is all set to celebrate his eighth wedding anniversary with Amal Clooney, and it seems like they're still head over heels in love with each other even today.
While speaking with Entertainment Tonight at the History Talks 2022 event in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Clooney, 61, raved about his relationship with Amal, joking, "Eight years! And they said it wouldn't last!”
"Everything about my wife is sort of magical, as I think everybody has come to realize as they see her and hear her and hear what she stands for. There's just not a downside to her," he added, with an adoring smile.
Clooney, who met his wife in 2014, also spoke about their 5-year-old twins, Ella and Alexander, and how they hope to get them to focus on the importance of humanitarian efforts.
"The same thing I think everybody wants to instill in their kids, really, which is to pay attention to other people," he said. "In my family, the rules were always 'Challenge people with power, defend people with less power.' And if you can do that, you've had a good life."
Alongside Clooney was Amal, who looked absolutely stunning in a red gown. Julia Roberts too, with whom Clooney has spent a lot of time in recent months, as they've been promoting their upcoming project, also posed for pictures with them.
"There's been this restraining order now, that's why we're not here together," Clooney quipped. "She's a really good friend. She and her whole family are friends. I love their whole family."
The actor recalled how, while they were shooting their film in Australia, Roberts "lived down below us and she would come up and literally take the kids out for ice cream with my wife. [Now] I can't shake her!"
Basically, Roberts and Clooney were trapped in a pandemic bubble while filming for their upcoming film Ticket to Paradise. In a recent interview with New York Times, Roberts spoke out about how the Clooneys "saved" her while filming.
In the interview, Roberts and Clooney talked about their experience of working together again after appearing in cult classics such as Ocean's Eleven and Money Monster. During the shooting of Ticket to Paradise in Australia, Roberts lived alone in a house, while Clooney, his wife Amal, and their children resided at a nearby rental.
“We started in Hamilton Island, with all these wild birds, and Julia had the house down just below Amal and me and the kids,” Clooney explained. “I would come out in the early mornings and be like, ‘Caa-caa,’ and Julia would come out and be like, ‘Caa-caa.’ And then we’d bring her down a cup of coffee. She was Aunt Juju to my kids.”
Roberts commended Clooney and his family - Amal Clooney and the kids - for keeping her company. She would have struggled if she hadn't had a co-star she got along with. The Clooneys, according to Roberts, saved her from "total loneliness and despair."
During the pandemic, the actors were largely isolated due to the lockdowns. It was the "longest I’ve ever been away from my family" for Roberts. "I don't think I've spent that much time alone since I was 25," she said. "Being in Australia was really challenging because of all the Covid regulations, and I think it’s a real testament to friendship and to the creative environment we were in that it wasn’t even harder because I’m not built to be one person anymore. It’s just not in my cellular data."
"When we first got to Australia and we were all quarantining, you kind of go a little bit cuckoo. I remember right around Day 11, I was like, 'Who am I? Where am I? What is this room that I never leave?' It’s a funny thing. I hadn’t really anticipated all that," the Pretty Woman star said. "That's why they invented alcohol," Clooney quipped, to which Roberts added, "Or chocolate chip cookies."
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