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George Clooney opens up on wife Amal: 'At 52, I found the love of my life'

Known for years as one of Hollywood's most eligible bachelors, George Clooney says he's found something special with wife Amal Clooney.

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Amal Clooney and George Clooney attend a New York City event for the 100 LIVES initiative on March 10, 2015.

"I've never been happier in a relationship by any stretch of the imagination," the 54-year-old actor told Esquire for one of the magazine's May cover stories, published online Wednesday. "At 52, I found the love of my life and I'm really happy."

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Amal, a 38-year-old international human-rights attorney, got engaged to the Academy Award winner two years ago this month, and they married that September. And while the actor tries to maintain some element of privacy, he's never been shy about the pride he has in his wife.

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There was his memorable Cecil B. DeMille Award acceptance speech at the Golden Globes in January 2015, when the actor offered an eloquent public display of affection. That May, he told Access Hollywood he'd found himself smitten with Amal about "three days" into their relationship, adding, "I knew when I met her that she was so extraordinary and special. And then I wondered if I'd ever get a chance to date her." And that same month, he told E! News he was content with married life, echoing the sentiment he later shared with Esquire: "There were all the jokes and the bits and I get all that stuff, but I couldn't be happier right now," he said at that time. "I wake up in the morning and I think, 'This couldn't be better.'"

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Amal Clooney and George Clooney attend a California premiere of "Hail, Caesar!" on Feb. 1, 2016.

In his most recent conversation with Esquire, George cited Amal's personal story as one reason he's advocated for immigrants and refugees.

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"Amal had to flee Beirut during the civil war and she ran to England," he told the magazine. "We have to do better. We have to stop this incredible fear that some guy who wants to kill us is going to go through the year-and-a-half or two-year process of immigration to be a terrorist, you know? I don't understand that. It doesn't make sense to me that people think that way. … Amal and I are working on things now that matter to us on a whole other level, in a whole other world. If there's a legacy for me, it's yet to be written."

And while Amal has emerged as a style icon, George's praises for her often transcend the superficial, even if that means opting for a self-effacing approach while touting her intellect.

"Oftentimes," he told Esquire, "I feel like an idiot talking to my own wife."

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    Amal Clooney's most stylish looks

    Whether playful or professional, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney always stays true to her polished personal style.

  • June 2013

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    Even when casually sporting flip-flops and sunglasses on a walk in London, Amal Clooney (previously Alamuddin) looks glamorous.

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    Leaving her hotel in New York City, the stylish lawyer rocks an eclectic pair of trousers and shoes.

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    The lawyer and activist leaves work in an eggplant skirt suit. Amal became engaged to George Clooney just one month earlier.

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    Looking pretty in powder pink, Alamuddin adds a retro touch with sweet bows on her shift dress. 

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    Magical monochrome! The ever-chic author and activist rocks head-to-toe khaki.

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    Afraid of color? Not this stunning lady who attended the Global Summit to end Sexual Violence in Conflict in a bold and bright coral.

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    The future Mrs. Clooney walks in London looking like a street-style star in a leather moto jacket and statement necklace.

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    Now that is how you do black tie! Amal Alamuddin joined fiancee George Clooney at the Celebrity Fight Night In Italy benefiting The Andrea Bocelli Foundation and The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center Gala in Florence, Italy.

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    Let the wedding festivities begin! George and Amal arrive in Venice, Italy, before their wedding weekend.

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    The glowing couple arrive at the Palazzo Ca Farsetti in Venice, Italy for a civil ceremony to make their wedding official. Her white palazzo pants and floppy hat give a sophisticated-yet-relaxed '70s vibe to the affair.

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    After the civil ceremony, the new Mrs. Clooney changed into a flirty-yet-sweet embroidered dress with an asymmetrical hem. 

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    The actual wedding gown was a dramatic, Oscar de la Renta stunner, seen here on the cover of People magazine.

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    Clooney enters the Greek Minister of Culture looking sharp in oversized, Jackie O-like sunglasses.

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    In a more relaxed look, Clooney leaves the airport looking effortlessly flawless in distressed jeans and a ribbed sweater.

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  • Jan. 2015

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    Clooney attends the 2015 Golden Globe Awards in a one-shoulder black gown and opera-length white gloves. Though slightly controversial, many agreed the style choice added an air of Old Hollywood glamour.

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    Looking like a native New Yorker, Amal rocks leather-like leggings in not-so-basic black and white. 

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    Proving that her style is far from boring, Clooney chooses a groovy printed pant to pair with a fringe top.

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    Clooney visits her husband on the set of "Money Monster" in a laid-back outfit and wedge sneakers.

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    Sometimes the coolest looks are about keeping it simple. Clooney owns this breezy spring look with a flowy top, fringe bag and cork-wedge heels.

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    No skinny jeans here! Clooney takes a walk on the fashion-forward side with these wide-leg pants.

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    Solidifying her status as a fashion icon, Clooney wears a red-tiered gown to the 2015 Met Gala in New York City.

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    Clooney, with her husband and niece, arrives at the premiere of "Tomorrowland" looking fun and flirty in a peach skirt and gold metallic pumps.

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    She even looks amazing at the airport! Clooney chose a crocheted, green-and-blue frock for an arrival in Tokyo.

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    Embodying the word "statuesque," Clooney looked like a goddess at the Tokyo premiere of "Tomorrowland." 

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  • August 2015

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    Few women can make a short, slinky, gold dress look as elegant as Clooney. How does she do it? We asked the experts.

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    Even when dealing with serious matters, as she did while meeting jailed former Maldives leader Mohamed Nasheed in Maafushi, Clooney dresses appropriately in a professional black suit.

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    The girl knows how to rock color! Here she is in a lime green dress at Lincoln Center for the New York Film Festival.

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    Buttoned up doesn't have to feel boring, as Clooney proved in a cheeky red dress with oversized buttons.

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    In pinstripes and a turtleneck, Clooney pairs a professional look with va-va-voom hair and a plum lip color.

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    Never forget the power of outerwear. Clooney's ombre green coat steals the show in London.

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    Clooney picks an on-trend, blush pink dress for the premiere of "Our Brand Is Crisis" in Hollywood.

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    Clooney attends makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury's Christmas party in festive matching separates. Who says you have to wear a dress?

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    Clooney stunned in this floral-covered Giambattista Valli dress at the "Hail Caesar!" premiere. The elegant look shared some similarities with the embroidered white dress she wore during her wedding weekend.

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    The renowned barrister went for classic glamour at the Berlin premiere of "Hail, Caeser!" in this vintage YSL gown. The head-turning dress featured a shimmering black bodice and a tulle overlaid skirt. 

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    Clooney at Cannes can do no wrong! She wore a soft yellow Versace gown for an appearance at the film festival with her husband. 

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    Somebody call the Mod Squad! Clooney slipped out of her floor-length gown in favor of a vibrantly pleated dress by Valentino. She paired the look with block heels and classic sunglasses. 

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    Clooney was the picture of modest elegance on a trip to the Vatican in May 2016. She wore a knee-length Atelier Versace dress with three-quarter sleeves and a ribbon accent at the waist. She paired the look with a structured black hat for a look that invoked all the grace and sophistication of the 1950s. 

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    Clooney went for an edgier date-night style in Rome. She wore an asymmetrical silk dress from Monse that featured a unique tie detail at the hem. The fashion-forward style almost invoked the sense of a men's dress shirt, complete with French cuffs and cuff links! 

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    Clooney's business attire perfectly balances style and professionalism — a must for her appearances at events like the Women in the World reception honoring Ambassador Nadia Murad, the appointment of UN Office on Drugs and Crime Goodwill. She wore a cream Gucci dress with the signature grosgrain trim at the waist. 

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    Clooney also knows the power of separates. She wore a patterned navy-and-burgundy jacket with a matching skirt to meet the German prime minister in September 2016. 

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    Clooney's never one to shy away from a bold print! For a stroll in New York City, she chose black-and-white gingham pants with a simple black sweater and added a pop of color with a raspberry coat by Altuzarra.

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    The power couple made their way to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City in September 2016. Clooney wore a avant garde Alexander McQueen dress covered in colorful skulls, eyes, birds and cameras and paired the look with red pumps.

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    What's black, white and red all over? Amal Clooney in this incredible Gucci dress! The pussy-bow detailing at the collar made for a perfect accent to the already sophisticated look.

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    Clooney rubbed shoulders with Hugh Jackman in a cold-shoulder top from TIBI in October 2016. She paired the look with wide-leg cream pants that featured a unique floral print. 

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    Looking perfectly polished in pinstripes, Clooney attended a speaking engagement at the Texas Conference for Women in November 2016. The sophisticated sheath was by Giorgio Armani. 

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    The couple attended a screening in London, where Clooney wore a floral-printed Dolce & Gabbana shift dress. A month later, it was confirmed that the couple are expecting twins in June. 

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    Amal visits the Secretary-General Of The United Nations Antonio Guterres at United Nations Headquarters on March 10, 2017 in New York City. She wore In a navy cinched-waist dress with a Bottega Veneta bag.

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    Amal arrives at Chatham House in London to give a speech on war crimes in Syria and Iraq. She wore a Balmain Haute Couture camel coat layered over a red Dior Haute Couture shift dress from William Vintage. Her outfit was paired with Oscar de la Renta satin floral shoes and a tan Altuzarra bag.

     

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Other interview highlights from the interview include George's takes on:

  • His film career: "I'm not gonna be carrying movies the way I did before. There are actors you'll see that try to hold on to this leading-man status long past the due date."
  • His acting legacy: "I look back and think I've got seven or eight films that will stand the test of time. That's my legacy, I suppose."
  • His pal and fellow Esquire cover-story subject, Bill Murray: "He's oddly emotional. He's incredibly warm and emotional. He gave a toast at our wedding that was so elegant and beautiful and warm and he's such a loving individual. And he's adaptable to anyplace he goes. Everybody's life is a puzzle that's missing this one piece, and he fits in each time."

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