George Clooney on Raising Twins: “Because I Have No Breasts, I Don’t Exist”

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Toronto International Film Festival 2017

We can’t be the only ones who think George Clooney is still one of the hottest hunks in Hollywood, right? Well, according to the new proud father of twins Ella and Alexander with Amal Clooney, his newborns aren’t exactly as fond of the star as we are.

Clooney stopped by InStyle, People, and Entertainment Weekly’s portrait studio on Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he opened up about life at home. “Right now, my kids, because I have no breasts, I don’t exist,” he said. “I pick them up and I give them a bottle and then I hand them back to my wife and they’re happier.”

Don’t think he’s figuring this parenting thing out alone, though. Clooney’s turned to A-list friends like Julianne Moore, the star of the new film he directed, Suburbicon. Moore teased him about gearing up for plenty of playtime. “Wait ‘til the playing starts! You’re going to play for years.”

“I’ll put on a dumb outfit,” he replied proudly, and also shared more details about his late-night dad duties. “There’s no sleep right now. It’s fine. It’s all fine. It’s something I never thought I would be doing. All my friends are laughing at me and thinking it’s funny, and I get it. Fair enough, I gave them a hard time.”

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Clooney continued, explaining the values he and Amal are aiming to instill in little Ella and Alexander. “You want to make sure that your kids are decent human beings. You want to make sure that they’re happy and safe,” he said. “It’s the same thing every parent has.”

“Just because you happened to have been born into a sort of lucky situation in any way, certainly not into poverty, and certainly into some place of luxury, you want to make sure that they’re empathetic and they’re compassionate, they learn all the things that I was taught as a young man,” he said, adding, “That’s going to be a challenge, to try to constantly remind our kids that being born in one place doesn’t give you the right to just ignore everyone else’s difficulties.”

Moore, a mom of two, agreed, and explained how doing so can become more difficult as children grow up. “As they get older, the issue of them being happy and safe becomes more complicated because they’re no longer right under your nose. They’re kind of out in the world by themselves,” she said.

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Thankfully, Clooney has Amal and close friend Julianne to help.

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Right now, my kids, because I have no breasts. I don't exist. I pick them up and I give them a bottle. Then I had them to my wife and they are happier. [NOISE] After I saw the movie for the first time I was in New York and he was in London. So I texted him because I didn't want to wake him up. And he texted me right back, Calling you. And I was like, What are you? He was up in the middle of the night so...>> Yeah, there is no sleep right now. But that's okay it's fun. It's all fun. It's something I never thought I would be doing. All my friends are laughing at me and thinking it's funny and I get it. That the, fair enough I gave them all hard enough times. Wait till the plane starts. Yeah. You're gonna play for years. I'll put on the dumb outfit, I'll do it. It's the same thing it's challenging for every parent. You wanna make sure that your kids are decent human beings. You wanna make sure that they're happy and safe. They're really only, it's the same thing every parent has. Nothing's different Between anybody in this room. Anybody around, I think. Yeah, and of course the issue is they get older, the issue that them being happy and safe becomes more complicated because they're no longer right under your nose. They're kinda right out in the world by themselves. You know, just because you happen to be born into a super lucky situation in anyway so you're not into poverty, and in the same place of luxury. I want to make sure that they're empathetic and learn all of the things that I was taught as a young kid, how We're only as successful as a country as the people who are the least successful in the country. And so it's that that's important and I think that's gonna be a challenge to try to constantly remind our kids that being born in one place doesn't give you the right To just, to ignore everyone else's difficulties. Mm-hmm. One of things that I think is so rich with this movie is that it really demonstrates how easy it is to look away, how easy it is to look in the wrong direction. When something is happening, to blame it on something else and not take responsibility for it yourself.
 
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