"It is a joy beyond anything I could ever have imagined."
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George and Amal Clooney
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Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney is being honored as one of Time's 2022 Women of the Year, which has her rubbing shoulders with names like Kacey Musgraves, Kerry Washington, MJ Rodriguez, and Amanda Gorman. The magazine calls the incredible group "extraordinary leaders" looking to make the world a more equitable place for everyone. During her interview, Clooney noted that she was able to do what she does (you know, things like representing Armenia in a case against the Armenian genocide and being on the U.N. Human Rights Committee) because of her support system, which includes husband George Clooney.

Amal and George married back in 2014 and share twins Alexander and Ella. Having her family with her, she explains, is how she balances all the "heavy" work with her other responsibilities. 

"Marriage has been wonderful," she said. "I have in my husband a partner who is incredibly inspirational and supportive, and we have a home filled with love and laughter. It is a joy beyond anything I could ever have imagined. I feel so lucky to have found a great love in my life, and to be a mother."

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Amal noted that she knows people are generally more interested in her marriage and her kids than her humanitarian work, but she also sees that starting to change, little by little.

"Since I can't control it, my approach is just not to dwell on it and just get on with my work and my life and hope that attitudes will catch up," she said. "And I do actually feel like there is a female solidarity that has built up on these issues where other women will sort of call that out in a way that maybe wouldn't have happened five or 10 years ago. So, attitudes are changing."

Earlier this year, the Clooneys were honored with the Elevate Prize Foundation's Catalyst Award for their humanitarian work. Amal explained that the $250,000 prize various causes close to her and George.

"The funding we receive from this award will support our TrialWatch program," she said during her virtual acceptance speech. "Which monitors criminal trials around the world and defends individuals who are unjustly detained, including journalists, women, LGBTQ persons, and minorities."