How Actor George Clooney Gave Up Selfishness to Care for His Children
By Movieguide® Staff
Actor and director George Clooney said that despite his older age, he enjoys fatherhood to his twin 3-year-olds and wants to be intentional in how he raises them.
“Look, I’m an older father — I have 3-year-olds and I’m 59. I’m basically Tony Randall,” Clooney joked with PEOPLE.
Clooney said that he is grateful for the time in quarantine with his children and his wife.
“In marriage, and now with the kids, you give away the selfishness of only looking out for yourself,” he says. “It’s a wonderful thing. Amal and I talk about it every day. … We feel so lucky.”
Clooney said he is grateful for the small moments he gets to share with his family due to quarantine: reading Peppa Pig and Dr. Seuss to the twins, doing chores (“I mop, vacuum, do laundry and cut hair”), taking family walks with their new puppy Rosie (named for the star’s late aunt, singer Rosemary Clooney), watching the kids jump in the bouncy castle set up on the family tennis court.
Clooney also said that he taught the twins pranks.
“They both have learned to play pranks, which is good fun,” Clooney told PEOPLE. “I did work with them on putting Nutella in a diaper and then eating it. Whenever a stranger is around, they’ll come in holding it, like, ‘Papa, it’s a dirty nappy!’ and I go, ‘Okay, I’ll take care of it,’ and then they eat the Nutella out of the nappy.
“You can imagine the freak-outs we get…. Yeah, I taught them that,” Clooney said.
Clooney joked that he is thankful for their age, which made the quarantine more pleasant.
“I haven’t been working as much as I had before we had the kids, so I had every intention of focusing on them [anyway], putting them to bed at night and stuff, so we didn’t need to be forced into that by a pandemic,” Clooney said. “I’m lucky because our kids are 3, so I don’t have to homeschool trigonometry. I can survive with just spending time with them.”
Clooney notes that his role changed when he became a father and that he wants to guide his children down the correct path.
“You learn so much with twins because you’re raising them both at the same time, born the same day, but you realize how little it has to do with you,” he says. “They were the person they were going to be when they were born. Now all your hope is to just kind of guide them along in the right direction.”