Known for years as one of Hollywood's most eligible bachelors, George Clooney says he's found something special with wife Amal Clooney.
"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."
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.
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.'"
In his most recent conversation with Esquire, George cited Amal's personal story as one reason he's advocated for immigrants and refugees.
"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."
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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