Julia Roberts laughed at ‘image-obsessed’ Amal Clooney: ‘She’s so absurd’


As previewed yesterday, this week’s tabloids are full of interesting/funny/untrue speculation about George and Amal Clooney’s marriage, based solely on their appearance at the Cannes Film Festival last week. For the record (since we’re on the record!), I kind of think George and Amal are fine. Their first year of marriage was a whirlwind of craziness, but they seem to have “settled down” quite a bit in 2016. Still, I always enjoy some good Amal gossip. In Touch Weekly had the longer story full of deliciously bitchy details. Some highlights:

Amal’s posing. An insider says: “Cannes has strict rules about a non-movie member posing for obligatory cast photos – it’s a big deal and very rare for a spouse to join. But Amal, with George’s blessing of course, barged right in. Amal wore a look-at-me bright yellow gown amid the cast’s sea of black, she had trouble adjusting her long train in the wind so she also held up the entire process, which meant all eyes were on her.”

Julia was pissed. “Julia was stunned that Amal tried to steal her show and her thunder, and that George actually let her.” So in retaliation, Julia flirted with George, and the source says, “Amal felt like Julia was flirting with George and she was seething!”

Amal hates Julia. Amal hated how friendly George and Julia were on the set of Money Monster and “Amal can’t stand how Julia monopolizes her husband’s time.” After the Cannes red carpet, Amal pulled George aside and told him that Julia was being “disrespectful.” Julia “was so mad that she had a mini-meltdown about it and was overheard complaining about Amal’s rude move and George should have known better.”

Julia hates Amal too. After spending some time with Amal and George in Como, Italy last summer, “Julia left with a very bad taste in her mouth.” Julia would “mock image-obsessed Amal behind her back after seeing how Amal constantly had her hair and makeup touched up and wore glamorous gowns during a casual weekend.” A source says: “Julia laughed at her because she thinks she’s so absurd.”

[From In Touch Weekly, print edition]

While I think this whole thing is being overblown, I do believe that there’s some shade and gossip going on at the core. Like, Julia was pissed that Amal was being so showy and look-at-me. And Amal was pissed because Julia was goose-honking all over George. I also sort of believe that Amal is severely image-obsessed? That’s just my gut-level reaction to seeing her pap strolls and red carpet posing.

Meanwhile, Star Magazine claims that Amal and George looked like they were having serious problems at Cannes. A Cannes tipster reveals that after George and Amal walked the Cannes carpet together, they stopped pretending to be all lovey-dovey.

“Once inside, it was obvious to everyone there that George and Amal had been fighting all day. I don’t think either one of them wanted to be there.”

Arms crossed and scowl fixed, it was clear the human rights lawyer wasn’t happy with her husband. In fact, eyewitnesses say the two barely said a word to each other during dinner that night at Le Michelangelo in Antibes and cast a frosty chill over the afterparty at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc.

“It looked like George truly regretted bringing Amal out. Just imagine what it must have been like when they got home!”

[From Star Magazine, print edition]

Sure, but WHY were they fighting? Was it because of Julia? Or something else?



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  1. seriouslysaid says:

    Well, Amal is rather absurd.

    • Mike says:

      I agree she comes off as very hungry for the spotlight. I guess she is getting what she wants with Clooney. For now.

      • Kelly says:

        Yeah, but this from Julia Roberts. Amal just finished taking her “It’s All About Julia” lessons and JR is mad they took.

      • Jenny says:

        Kelly: Yes! Exactly. Julia Roberts has always seemed like the biggest egomaniac on the planet and calling the tabloids with bitchy comments like this about another woman who rivaled her for attention at an event sounds exactly like the Julia Roberts I’ve come to despise.

        That doesn’t mean it isn’t strange how Amal joined in on the cast photos. She does seem very hungry for attention herself. But flirting with her husband in retaliation, if it’s true, is so middle school and also fits the immature persona of Julia Roberts.

      • AliceToo says:

        She’s not the first, nor will she be the last spouse who is in cast photos even though she’s not part of the cast. I presume if she’s there, it’s because George wanted her there. I’m not going to bother bringing up other examples, but I’m sure everyone can think of at least one or two without too much difficulty.

    • C says:

      There was a blind item saying the same thing that Cindy Crawford can’t stand her because she’s obsessed with her look.

      • Tilly says:

        Hello Pot, meet Kettle

      • Intuitive says:

        Where was this blind please?

      • delorb says:

        Can’t really blame her. Every time she leaves the house, some pap is taking pictures for a bunch of online people can critic her. Stars from the golden age would never leave their houses without looking their best, so why not Amal? Julia needs to sit down and stay out of someone else’s marriage, IMO.

    • Jib says:

      She was just absurd in that dress at Cannes!!! Don’t these women test-drive these dresses – like in the wind with a fan, or go up stairs with them on? I can see Julia being annoyed at her being in the pics and then holding everything up with her “Look at me!!!!” dress.

      I also believe that Julia was definitely overdoing it with the flirting in retaliation. Julia was “America’s Sweetheart,” but I think she has always been a Mean Girl, and would know how to piss Amal off. Amal is obviously insecure about George, and I can also believe that they were fighting over Julia. If Amal was truly an adult, she would have just let it go, but she sounds like a very insecure, immature woman for a supposed amazing human rights lawyer.

      And didnt’ George and Amal leave right away after that night? I bet it was all about Amal having a snit. She’s being unwise, as George is a very social person, and if her insecurity alienates him from all of his pals, after the bloom is off the rose on the marriage, she will be gone.

      • Itsnotthatserious says:

        All the so called American sweethearts seem to have a mean streak

      • siri says:

        I’m sure both women have an opinion about the other. Both don’t want to share attention. There was some article when the Clooneys arrived at Cannes, where Amal supposedly asked George: “I thought this is crazy Cannes!?”, him answering:”Just give it some time.” Perhaps she was disappointed in something, because it’s of course about the movie community, sort of meet-and-greet. Nothing overly interesting if you are not part of that crowd. They had lunch with some people before the red carpet, and already there, the pics (Daily Mail) showed a pissed-off Amal. Maybe she wanted to stay in another hotel, closer to the ‘action’, whereas they had rooms in the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, half an hour drive away…and then that dress didn’t really work out that well, and Julia pulled out all her tricks to capture George’s attention- that’s just too much for a woman as insecure as Amal.

      • mary simon says:

        I think the dress is actually caught up in her bum in that last picture on the stairs. Major fashion fail when your gown gives you a wedgie!

      • AliceToo says:

        @Jib: Maybe that comes with experience. How many pictures of Lady Di did we see early on where her skirt was blowing up until she learned to have her hems weighted? Or women wearing a thin black top with no bra that shows nothing under normal fitting room lighting, but becomes semi-transparent under the flashes of the paps? I’ll say that personally, I’ve been to dressy functions held in the garden of somebody’s house, a hotel etc. It took me one time of wearing stiletto heels (which leave you planted like a tent pole in the lawn) to realize that there is such a thing as “garden party shoes”. Ditto for any function held on any sort of decking with spaces between the planks. Stilettos get caught between the planks. Things that never occured to me before actually having it happen.

    • Miss S says:

      I actually thought about why she was with the cast when Julia’s husband was at the background. Maybe it was his choice, but it seemed off to have Amal there, and I didn’t know about that photo rule, but I can see it now. We usually just have the actors and director and not their partners all in the same picture.

    • JenYfromTheBlok says:

      And George -isn’t- absurd to invite his wife and bring her onto the red carpet? I’m sorry, but she wouldn’t be there if it weren’t’ for her spouse with trophy addiction.

  2. CornyBlue says:

    Amal Clooney also means way more to the world than a movie star ever could so she can suck it ( if it is true which i am sure it is not )

    • jsilly4e says:

      Agree cornyblue

    • Itsnotthatserious says:

      No she doesn’t

      • CornyBlue says:

        A lawyer is way more important than a movie star but you do you

      • Itsnotthatserious says:

        How you earn your living doesn’t define you but the contribution you make gives you value. So far Amal represents mostly rich despots so no, she is not of more value because she is a lawyer. I can’t stand any of the three people involved.

      • justme says:

        @cornyblue well technically a lawyer is usually (but not always) more educated than an actor …. I think she should stick to the courtroom though . I personally don’t want to see her and find her annoying and if we could get rid of george clooney appearances as well , that would be a bonus lol 😉

    • tegteg says:

      @CornyBlue – pretty sure it depends on which lawyer and which movie star you’re talking about. Neither Julia nor Amal are “great talents” in their respective fields. Now, if it were Amal vs. Daniel Day Lewis, then I would argue that his “worth” in regard to his career capabilities and what he can offer to the world is greater. A lawyer is not necessarily more “important” than a movie star – a lot of movie stars use their platforms to do great things, like AJ for one. AJ isn’t the best actress, but you could also argue that she’s a movie star and she means “way more to the world” than Amal ever could….. that being said, I don’t care for Julia or Amal, so whatever.

      • CornyBlue says:

        I do not agree that you have to be great talent to be taken into account. That just seems like an elitist world view to me.

      • noway says:

        Saying Amal means way more to the world than Julia isn’t elitest? Pot meet kettle. Both comments are elitist and in all honesty stink, and I personally don’t like either of these women’s public personas, but I wouldn’t say they mean little to the world.

      • M.A.F. says:

        @CorneyBlue- talent comes in many different forms regardless if one is in the arts or in the courtroom.

      • You might even argue that if Amal was really serious about not letting her celebrity get in the way of her work, the would shun the spotlight. Not that she SHOULD, necessarily but the reality is, people in that world will find her presence distracting.

    • who says:

      Nobody even knew who this chick was before Clooney. She was a barrister, yes. But nobody really cared. People need to stop pretending she was already happening before Clooney.

      Anyway, they’re both annoying and both a fame ho – i’m surprised they don’t get along.

      • hoopjumper says:

        Being famous and being a meaningful contributor to the world are not actually the same thing. It doesn’t matter that nobody knew about her (although wasn’t she kinda well known in London?). But Amal seems to have forgotten that fairly quickly herself…

      • CornyBlue says:

        What ? I literally could care less if she was happening or is happening? I purely meant in terms of their profession.

      • noway says:

        @cornyblue, you obviously haven’t met a lot of lawyers to think the profession is all that important. I’d say a good electrician is more important in the world than most lawyers.

      • Robin says:

        She wasn’t well-known anywhere before she hooked up with Clooney. She was a very junior barrister of very recent call, and was generally working subordinate to a QC. People can mean a lot to the world without being famous, of course, but considering the cases she’s worked on, she’s not contributing much positive to the human rights world.

      • Taxi says:

        Amal was busy taking care of a lot of shady types too. She & her family love the Clooney fame & money. Especially the fame – fame- fame!

    • Jib says:

      She doesn’t seem to live up to the PR as a world class human rights lawyer. She seems to be nothing more than a Junior barrister with excellent PR.

      And I’m not saying Julia or George do this, but artists and art can change the world a lot more in some cases than lawyers can.

      • SJO says:

        I think calling Julia Roberts an “artist” is a bit of a stretch. Clooney too for that matter, but your point is well taken.

      • CornyBlue says:

        What is wrong with being a junior barrister ? I meant int he case of George and Julia surely. I would not say the same for Angie or someone like that

      • Jib says:

        SJO, I said that Julia and George aren’t in that class, but there are some who make movies that can change the way we think, or bring attention to social justice issues.

        And Corny Blue, there’s nothing wrong with being a junior barrister, but a junior barrister isn’t really the one changing the world for the better, as George’s PR machine led us to believe.

      • CornyBlue, I think the larger point is that by labelling someone as “more important” just because they do a more “serious” job is dangerous territory, and not altogether true. People contribute to the world in the way that they are qualified and able, and labelling someone as less serious or valuable simply because they make a living in the arts instead of being a doctor or a research scientist working on a cure for cancer undermines the importance of these other fields. It’s not the bloody zombie apocalypse for goodness sake, where we have to choose who we are going to throw to the wolves…there’s room for us all.

    • no says:

      and i guess in your world a lawyer is more important than anyone else who isn’t a lawyer..

    • Persephone says:

      She represents despots and terrorists. Just because something is presented as ‘humanitarian’, doesn’t mean it is. It’s shocking that the media refuses to challenge that when they try to falsely present her. Yes, bad people need lawyers but it’s not humanitarian to represent them. If she cared about human rights she’d be representing isis captured sex slaves and their families, falsely convicted people who couldn’t afford a decent defence etc……not those who perpetrate human rights violations!!!!!!

      • nicole says:

        Persephone, well said, totally agree.

      • Isaly says:

        THIS! 100% agreed. not that she seems to work a lot anyway, regardless whom she represents.

      • ickythump says:

        Yes – this exactly – she’s held up as some sort of human rights champion – she most certainly is not. This red carpet nonsense is soooo immature – I don’t care for any of the three but they are as bad as each other IMO.

  3. Myrna says:

    Does Julia have her hand on George’s ass in the 1st pic?!

    I got a sense that she was over doing it for Amal’s sake – rubbing her nose in it.
    And, yes, why did Amal walk the carpet and take photos?

  4. UCatwoman says:

    I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked Money Monster. Jack O’Connell stole the movie away from these two famewhores. He was excellent.

  5. Sara says:

    Their whole thing feels.. arranged? Amal wanted to be famous and wear gowns and have people look at her and George wanted to stop being the forever bachelor everyone joked about with budget cocktail waitress girlfriends so they got married. Maybe they both thought it was true love for a while, but Amal seems really high maintenance and George probably dated all those D listers to avoid having to deal with that kind of thing. I don’t think they will last. Amal comes across like she LOVES getting dressed up, walking the carpet and being photographed. Somehow I feel like she cares about that stuff way more than being married to George.

    • Myrna says:


    • swak says:

      I was about to say the same thing. They both got what they wanted – him a woman who was mature and upped his image from playboy to one who has finally settled down and she gets all of the perks of being with an A list actor.

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      Somehow I think she cares about that stuff way more than being a lawyer too.

    • siri says:

      I don’t think either one ever thought that to be love. In my understanding, they have an arrangement with mutual benefits. Nothing wrong with it if they both wanted it like this. However, she embarrased him with her dress fiddling, since this definitely wasn’t HER time to shine. I also think he gradually starts loosing frequent contact with his business buddies, like the Gerbers, who might not be well-equipped (or don’t want) to talk politics or related matters. So what do you do when you get together? Have fun with Amal? Hard to picture. She’s way too self-conscious and image-driven, and she gives me the impression she wants to be treated like a princess. She seems to want his exclusive attention, while George rather seems to be the ‘group’ type of person.

      • Sara says:

        Ha! Right? She’s like the plus one who arrives to a wedding dressed to the nines and then tries to outshine the bride. I don’t really like her but whoever styled her dress did a good job. I love the red earrings with the light yellow. It’s just too bad she isn’t an actual actress and you know, she wasn’t even in the movie.

      • siri says:

        Yes, Sara, the styling was really good. Those red earrings with that shade of yellow were clever. I think she really wanted people to go Woa!- and it almost worked.

    • mary simon says:

      Talk about absurd – it’s this sham of a marriage that is absurd. George needed to improve his image because he is looking ahead to a career in politics to follow his rapidly disintegrating acting career. Amal, AND HER FAMILY, are trying to get ensconced in Hollywood and American politics and thought George was the ticket. But Amal and family miscalculated – George can’t deliver – he’s farther down the aging, see ya later path then they knew. He has no energy and is ripe for retirement. He is not an adored and admired star, if he ever was. Amal likes the whole Hollywood thing just a little too much and it’s increasingly drawing a kind of attention to her and George that must be wearing on him. I wonder how much longer they will be able to deny their mutual disappointment in each other.

      • siri says:

        I see it the same way. They made a deal, and from the start I thought it might be Amal who will disappoint first, since she’s enjoying the celeb culture just that tiny little bit too much. Remember that short golden party dress where her panties shone through (in Spain, while launching his tequila)? She so LOVED to show off, but already at that point George was mostly drunk (there are plenty of pics from a dinner with the Gerbers). She still works at times, but it’s mostly for PR reasons for her firm. And you are right about George- he sometimes looks like he wished that this was just a bad dream, and waking up to his life before parading his wife around. Because this seems to not only cost him a lot of money, but even more so lots of energy to keep her happy. Don’t think he anticipated that. I do think they both will have a hard time pretending for much longer.

      • nicole says:

        Mary Simon, I completly agree, this is a total sham marriage, right from the start, and every part is totally scripted right down to the way the behave on the red carpet, just cant beleive people actually fall for the scam.

  6. als says:

    I think it is a compliment to Amal the fact that Julia hates her.
    Amal was on the carpet because George wanted her there. He could have arranged things differently. But Julia’s reaction was desperate and dumb. She looked ridiculous laughing that hard next to a more composed Amal.

    • artpunk44 says:

      Agree, als. Even though Amal’s dress was fussy and attention-grabbing, I was getting second-hand embarrassment on Julia’s behalf for her excessively thirsty posing.

    • boredblond says:

      Don’t be silly–if she were a no-show that’s all the press would’ve talked about..everyone knows she would never pass up an opportunity to be photographed, on a red carpet, in an airport, going into a shop, leaving hair salon, etc etc…I can’t think of another celeb who would take heat for posing without their significant other.

      • Itsnotthatserious says:

        She doesn’t need to be a no show, she didn’t need to be in the group picture and then make it all about her dress.

      • noway says:

        Plus I get the feeling the cast decided to make it mostly black and white as Jodie, Julia and the other woman were all in primarily black. Amal shows up in the color of the year yellow. Plus she can’t move elegantly in it, and it really stands out.

    • Tara says:

      It doesn’t matter what George wants – he is a gauche American, a British person should know better…

    • Amelie says:

      “Amal was on the carpet because George wanted her there.”
      Amal’s cousin is one of the producers, so I think the cousin gave the green light on this.

    • Caz says:

      This. I don’t understand the strong reaction against Amal. It doesn’t fit Clooney’s image to have an unstylish partner. Roberts is well known for being nothing like the American sweetheart in real life.

  7. OG MJ says:

    Takes one to know one.

  8. minx says:

    Yeah, Roberts WISHES she were married to Clooney instead of her bad-skinned husband who won’t be seen in public with her.

    • Myrna says:

      True, it’s rare to see Julie’s husband in pics with her, isn’t it.
      But maybe that’s how they like it.

      It was a long time ago when Julia had shot to stardom with Pretty Woman that I remember George was pursuing her hard.
      Anyone else remember this?

      She wasn’t into him – liked the quirky guys like Lyle Lovett or bad boys like Keifer Sutherland.
      So they supposedly never got together – or maybe did – but Julie left George in the dust.

      I think this happened and is why she’s so bold to flirt and throw herself at him.

      • Nancy says:

        She left Kiefer at the alter, took off with his good buddy and divorced Lovett after a very brief marriage. She dumped Benjamin after winning the Oscar, he was like her escort as opposed to her fiancé. She has daddy issues. I disagree….I think she would have gone with the then confirmed bachelor George in a New York minute but he wasn’t having it. He liked to play, not stay.

      • Kelly says:

        I read the yummy Benjamin dropped her because she wouldn’t modify her schedule for him. Oh he’s so …yummy.

      • Myrna says:

        Oh I know she was all over the place with the guys and who she left behind.
        But then, and this was pre Internet, in the tabloids and celebrity mags it was George chasing her, which as noted was WAY out of character for him.
        I remember reading how he went into seclusion heartbroken over her.
        Perhaps she was the 1st to give him a hard time so the thrill for him was in the chase?
        The way she behaves with him now makes me believe it’s true because she’s so bold.

      • AnnaKist says:

        I think she thinks she’s still the Julia Roberts of Pretty Woman days. I believe she doesn’t take kindly to any woman upstaging her. That great, gaping gob of a forced laugh says it all, really.

      • minx says:

        AnnaKist, exactly, that’s the way I read her. Envy. I’m not Amal’s biggest fan but she’s an educated, cosmopolitan woman…not some starlet that JR can roll over.

      • VirgiliaCoriolanus says:

        Er, I’m pretty sure it was Liam Neeson who chased after Julia pretty hard, and was heartbroken when she dumped him……

      • Christin says:

        I remember reading that they may have had a flirtation years ago, but he thought she liked drama just a bit too much.

    • Meadow says:

      George and Julia , have been a pair, certainly while filming Oceans 11 and 12 and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, but neither one wanted commitment or was willing to compromise their life style for the other, so it was on/off, flings here and there on sets for years. They were pals with fringe benifits for 5years at least. I’m sure Amal knows this and that’s whats making her edgy.

  9. paolanqar says:

    I would have been upset too if someone not involved in the film would have prolonged the time on the red carpet taking the attention off the people who were actually involved in the film wearing a bright yellow gown. She was completely out of place.
    It’s a great case of ‘Look at me!’

  10. paolanqar says:

    I would have been upset too if someone not involved in the film would have prolonged the time on the red carpet taking the attention off the people who were actually involved in the film wearing a bright yellow gown. She was completely out of place and inappropriate.
    It’s a great case of ‘Look at me!’

  11. Kate says:

    It’s really not that rare for stars or directors spouses to pose with them. I think it’s often overlooked because the spouses are mostly unknown and most people seeing the pics assume they’re some producer or something. I saw it at least 20 times this year, and it happens even more when there’s lots of celeb couples in attendance.

    • CornyBlue says:

      Last year Sean Penn posed on the carpet with Charlize Theron for Mad Max. No one made an entire gossip about them because well he is not a woman.

      • Fa says:

        He did posed with her after she finished with her casts that’s the difference

      • Fanny says:

        Posing on the red carpet as a couple for a portion of the red carpet is different from joining the official cast lineup when you are not part of the cast.

      • Kitten says:

        Amal can’t win because women in the spotlight can’t win. If she’s smiling and looking happy on the RC then she gets accused of being an attention whore, but if she was glum and depressed looking she’d get told to smile and look like she’s having fun.

        I’m not an Amal fan but I don’t mind her and I feel myself sticking up for her often because I think the hate she gets is unwarranted.

      • lisa2 says:


        the protocol is for the actor/actresses to pose with the cast first. To ascend the stairs with their cast first then they can pose with their spouse or +1.

        I blame George for the breach. Amal loves to pose and have her picture taken. I’m sure George thought it would be fun for her. But he broke protocol for the even. There was an article some time back with the Cannes official talking about how some celebrities follow the rules and others don’t. Julia’s husband was there but not with the cast.. and if it was about who should or shouldn’t be with the cast he would have won.. because he is actually in the business. Amal is not.

    • Guest says:

      Amal could not be a famewhore by not calling the paps, for starters. More than one has tweeted about being informed of her schedule, so it’s not merely a question of attention being forced upon Amal and people, in turn, making simplistic, reductionist judgments like: ‘happy = fameho, sad = no can win, because…misogyny, of course!!’ I mean, even the freaking Daily Mail wrote an article about Amal being an attention seeking freak — and they’re usually up celebs arses overtime — so I’d say the criticism is absolutely warranted.

  12. Fa says:

    To be honest Julia & clooney have more chemistry together in this picture than clooney & wife

    • Esmom says:

      I hear you but I also think it might seem that way because Julia really knows how to turn it on for the camera when she wants to, and Amal is an amateur in that respect. So it’s hard to really say.

    • als says:

      I don’t see the chemistry. Clooney seems to indulge her in every interview and every outing and Julia loves it and revels in it to the point that she makes an ass of herself. It’s a pretty shrewd tactic from Clooney.
      With Amal, George looks like he is admiring and showing her off.

      • Myrna says:

        You think so?
        Honestly, and I’m trying to express my opinion without being cruel, what’s to admire in Amal looks wise?
        I get she’s supposedly some accomplished attorney (don’t see anything in the press much re recent work) but she’s simply not attractive at all IMHO.

      • siri says:

        I agree, George is playing on Julia. he knows her need to be admired. And it always works. With Amal…I don’t know. It all looks studied and choreographed; you can see very similar pics with Canalis/Keibler.

      • siri says:

        I’m sure both women have an opinion about the other. Both don’t want to share attention. There was some article when the Clooneys arrived at Cannes, where Amal supposedly asked George: “I thought this is crazy Cannes!?”, him answering:”Just give it some time.” Perhaps she was disappointed in something, because it’s of course about the movie community, sort of meet-and-greet. Nothing overly interesting if you are not part of that crowd. They had lunch with some people before the red carpet, and already there, the pics (Daily Mail) showed a pissed-off Amal. Maybe she wanted to stay in another hotel, closer to the ‘action’, whereas they had rooms in the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, half an hour drive away…

      • siri says:

        I don’t know how my second comment above ended up here, sorry.

      • als says:

        @Myrna: like siri stated, it is all choreographed.
        With Amal by his side he plays a certain scenario – the adoring, supporting husband of a successful woman.This is the image he pushed of Amal from the beginning and he is loyal to it, regardless of who Amal may be IRL.
        With Julia, another scenario – two old school Hollywood stars that are having a huge amount of fun. In order to get the best of Julia, he indulges her in everything because he just wants to get an image through.
        There is a reason for the rumors of Clooney going into politics, he is good at reading people and getting what he wants out of them.
        IMO what he does with Julia is almost mockery. He never had relations with women that are her type, exuberant mean girls and he had lots of options to pick from.
        But he indulges her occasionally when they work and promote stuff together, if he had to spend every day with her long-term, I think things would change drastically.

      • siri says:

        @als: what a perfect summary!

      • Dee Kay says:

        Points to @als for summing up Julia Roberts and a great many Hollywood starlets: “Exuberant Mean Girls” indeed!!

  13. marjalane says:

    I’ve seen a couple of interviews, (old and new) with Clooney and Julia Roberts, and they have fun! I think she gets that he’s a prankster Peter Pan, and I think Amal Clooney has the look of a perpetual butt clencher. 50 year old men don’t change overnight- still can’t figure out why he married her.

    • Ruyana says:

      Perfect! “prankster Peter Pan” is 100% accurate and the best capsule description of George Clooney I’ve ever seen. I bow to your word usage.

  14. Nancy says:

    It always has to be about Julia. She is a self-absorbed woman. I’m pretty sure Amal has nothing to worry about in regard to Roberts. The one I always felt bad for was her husband’s first wife. Roberts didn’t even try to hide her ugly side by wearing those ridiculous tee shirts with Aloe Vera plastered on the front. She is voicetrous, phony and very flirtatious with men, and George has always been on the top of that list.

    • AnnaKist says:

      I completely agree with you, Nancy. She really did show what a piece of work she is when she got with Moder.

    • Kitten says:

      She’s so unlikable, but I’ll always have a (teeny tiny) soft spot for her just because she was one of the *big* movie stars from our time.
      That doesn’t make her any less insufferable in interviews though.

  15. Cleo says:

    They all deserve each other.

  16. Natalie says:

    Julia Roberts doesn’t like women. Wrong tactic from her though. Just makes her look petty.

    I still remember her shoehorning herself into Denzel’s Oscar win. She has zero chill.

    • Kelly says:

      Yep. She LOVES playing I am just one of the boys see how cool I am and still beautiful.

      I used to love JR, but after the Danny/adultery thing, no.

    • AnnaKist says:

      That’s it, in a nutshell, Natalie.

  17. browniecakes says:

    “Everything I value most in our lives, you’ve given me.” Meryl Streep in her latest Oscar speech to her husband Don Gummer. Would George ever make that kind of speech to Amal, would Julia to Danny?

  18. Darling says:

    Julia has issues.
    Just read about her family life.

  19. Insomniac says:

    HAHAHA, Julia Roberts calling someone else “image obsessed.” That’s the funniest thing I’ve read all morning.

  20. Shelby says:

    Cannot stand Julia Roberts. Honestly have never seen her appeal.

  21. Kay says:

    Yeah, Julia doesnt seem to be much different. But speaking of Amal, I understand Jody Foster didnt take such a shine to her either.

    • Kitten says:

      Well, Jody’s chosen friends include Mel Gibson, so maybe she’s just not the best judge of character.

    • lisa2 says:

      I don’t think Jody took a shine to either George or Julia.. George said that Jody was not amused by their antics on set. And I will note that I don’t recall her (Jodie) doing any interviews with George or Julia; but I could have missed them.

      I think Jody and Jack were more irritated by the George/Julia and Amal show. Jack had a big part in the film and it felt like he was pushed aside.

  22. EM says:

    For a supposedly high flying barrister, Amal hardly works.

  23. Chelly says:

    Amal looks like such a snob…like a Gwyneth Paltrow quality snob, maybe even more. And just like Gwennie, she is delusional when it comes to her “beauty”, she is average at best. Which wouldnt be a big deal if she had a better personality, but you can tell she points her nose up at EVERYONE ALL THE TIME. It must be exhausting to be w her

  24. Amelie says:

    “A Cannes tipster reveals that after George and Amal walked the Cannes carpet together, they stopped pretending to be all lovey-dovey.”

    What has struck me about all of the still photos of George and Amal is that they are acting…they remind me of the old movies from the 30’s when stage actors were transitioning to film. Of course, they used state acting techniques (on stage, voice, gestures, emotions are larger; overplayed). I can understand Amal being bad at this, but George as an actor should be more skilled.

    The other point is about Cannes and why Amal came at all. I saw an interesting interview on France 24. The participants included their long-standing film critic who has attended Cannes for 29 years and two film producers. One of the producers stated that people come to Cannes to do 3 three things: deals, do lunch/dinner and see movies. All of these folks agreed that deal making is the #1 reason to go to Cannes and they all said most attendees there for work related reasons hardly seen any films. So given this, I wondered why Amal came at all. Would a lunch and crashing the red carpet one night be an equitable trade off for a human rights lawyer who has important cases to work on?

    • siri says:

      That’s a very interesting observation about the old school stars, and their ways of acting. As visible in the stills, these over-the -top gestures photograph very well, and look convincing. Live on the carpet, they look choreographed. He also tends to talk to her in-between, and I don’t think it’s romantic verses;-) The Clooneys have a certain ‘set’ of postures for those appearances; we’ve seen them before at the Globes, the MET Gala, and of course at their wedding. In close to two years time, they have perfected them.

      • Amelie says:

        Wasn’t there a rumor that Amal took acting lessons at some point?

      • mary simon says:

        Agree! It’s always the same staged dynamic. They’ve been coached.

      • siri says:

        Hi Amelie, yes, there was such a rumor, and frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised. And if it’s just a rumor, we can call her a natural 😉

      • Amelie says:

        @mary simon and @siri:

        If you have a chance, check out the black and white photos of Amal and George at Cannes. For me, B/W photos are always more revealing.

    • Lambda says:

      I know why Amal was at Cannes! Because she’s Clooney’s fricking wife, and spouses attend functions together. That’s part of the spouse job description, you shall be arm candy, whether you like it or not (she seems to like it, BTW). No need to go further than that.

    • Lady D says:

      Maybe they left that night because she had to work?

      • Jayna says:

        Exactly. People say when does she work. We haven’t seen that much of her for a while, just here or there. I think she had to get back. What is wrong with flying in for a couple of days on the weekend to support your husband? George obviously wanted her there.

        Last month she was in Texas, invited there by some women’s group and gave a speech and interview for them. I think she cut back on her work after she married him, but I think she still has a career. So what if she pops out here and there for her husband? It’s way less than the first year when she was out and about a lot. I think they’ve settled in.

  25. Whirldly says:

    While I don’t really care for Amal, what I find genuinely ugly about this story is the way in which Julia Roberts chose to take her down. It sounded completely dismissive and deliberately demeaning – calling her out as vain and describing her as absurd – like the meanest mean girl in high school who hammers home her most hateful treatment not by criticizing, but by laughing at her rival.
    Roberts’ MO seems consistently to be to prove over and over how she – and only she – can do what she likes… break the rules… stop the show… assume she’ll always receive the corner piece of cake (the one with all the icing and the candy rose).
    She doesn’t pay attention to the Oscar’s talking time limit, walks barefoot on the carpet at Cannes, grabs every spotlight going and hangs all over someone else’s husband just to prove she can.
    She could have called Amal an a$$hole, an ingrate or an attention-wh*re (all of which may be true) but by patronizing Clooney’s wife by calling her “absurd” she show ed just how cleverly cruel she can be.

    • Isaly says:

      what you find awful, i find refreshing, that julia roberts laughed at and about amal clooney. the best she could do.

      you may also have a second look in the group shots at the ladies’ body language: none of the female actresses turned to amal, but they turned to their ‘acting sisters’.

      amal was maybe in the center of attention – but she was an outsider in this group. in many a respect.

  26. Miss M says:

    The common denominator in this story is George. His wife had no business posing on the res carpet with the cast. He was there, first and foremost, to Promote his work, not his personal life.

  27. drnotknowitall says:

    I call BS on this nonsense. Julia Roberts is good friends with George and has been for many years. She also does not strike me as a tween mean girl. I think if she had issues with Amal, she would probably not share them.

    • Jayna says:


    • lisa2 says:

      George and Julia are more work friends. They met when doing Oceans Eleven. I don’t see them hanging together a lot. Maybe once in a while. George said as much when they were promoting. That it has been a while since he saw Julia. And they only worked together for a day or 2 on this movie.

  28. cindyp says:

    Mean girls! Amal’s behavior on the red carpet was ridiculous & Julia’a one of those woman who gets along better with men & has very few girlfriends. That being said I’m on Team Julia. Wonder when Amal’s contract is up???

  29. Sonia says:

    I haven’t given Julia Roberts the time of day since the “Aloe Vera” bullshit

  30. Guest says:

    The Daily Mail had an article referring to Amal as Kim Kardashian with a law degree. I can’t believe that article wasn’t covered here! It was such well deserved shade. Between that and calling out Will and Kate for being workshy, the Daily Mail seems to finally be telling it like it is here and there.

  31. Lex says:

    She may appear image obsessed as she possibly still feels a little out of place in Hollywood circles – like she doesn’t belong or can’t compete with these famous women. I’d feel the same too I think! So she makes more effort, still feels uncomfortable, fusses over her clothes = she’s image obsessed!>!>>!

    I just always want to defend people from harsh or unreasonable criticism though, it’s in my nature!

  32. Dee Kay says:

    Even though In Touch Weekly makes everything up, I sort of believe the bare bones of this story. Let’s say Amal Clooney walks the red carpet and posed with the cast because she wanted to, and/or because George Clooney wanted her to, and then took up lots of time and attention with all the fussing with her colorful but impractical dress. I believe that George’s co-workers would be pi**ed. Then, let’s say that Julia Roberts resented any attention being drawn away from her, and in retaliation against the perceived interloper (Amal), Roberts started hanging all over George Clooney, including putting her hand on his a** in that pic above. Amal would rightfully be pi**ed.

    After that red carpet, it would be really understandable if George and Amal were tense and angry at each other, even if their marriage is overall totally fine. He might feel like he got caught in the middle of some girl sh*t — totally un-fun for him, and not why he brought his wife and included her in this event. And she might feel misunderstood, attacked, and not treated well by Roberts or by him (maybe feeling that he should have put a stop to Roberts’ eye-grabbing shenanigans instead of indulging her). I could believe that after this RC, people might have seen the Clooneys dining out together, but looking super frosty.

  33. Robin says:

    Amal’s dress looked beautiful on her. So long as the wind wasn’t blowing.

    • Jayna says:

      Amal’s gown was stunning.

      Julia would never ever say these things about Amal to anyone but Danny. she adores George She would never disrespect him by gossiping about his wife even though she probably feels that way. And she talked about when she and Danny are over at Amal and George’s house, so they are all socially friendly. I don’t believe a word of the Julia story, gossiping to people about her buddy George’s wife that would sell it to a gossip rag.

      I do believe maybe George and Amal weren’t getting along. When they arrived the day before, he was friendly to people he sat down with. She is looking around for her photo-op and not sitting down right away, like George was doing. It was almost like she was staying standing trying to make sure her outfit is snapped. She really doesn’t look happy in the photos.

      And people can hate on George, but he always is so gregarious and friendly to everyone in a social situation when hanging out. I think that is a very good trait, always making people feel comfortable and easy conversation.

      But Amal, nope, didn’t look happy at this lunch the day before the premiere.


      • siri says:

        They took up residency in Antibes, a 30 minute drive from Cannes. Much nicer, less crowded with paps and fans, but maybe that didn’t really suit her. Because George stated in some interview that she asked him surprised if this was the supposedly “crazy Cannes”. To which he replied: “Just give it some time!” Maybe she expected more drama…And those pics, well, George is known to be the big communicator, and he seems to divide his attention equally to all people at that table. After all, he is there to make new contacts, or meet people from the industry he didn’t see for years. She doesn’t seem to be able to ‘just’ accompany him, but of course this is his environment, not her’s.

  34. ReineDidon says:

    I am Arab and Amal is acting like a true arabesque princess lol. Which of course is ridiculous. She is acting as the white fluffy little pearl waiting for her prince charming to defend her and impose her if necessary.
    She is a lawyer for the hype of it not for the actual job-changing the world-getting involved in political cases.
    After marrying GC she is like a fish in the water. She gets the hype of being known as a lawyer but has all the privilege of an A list movie star. Yes she is ridiculous.

  35. Dingding says:

    A little bit of pretend-warfare between the wife and the movie-wife to push the movie?

  36. Suzanne says:

    Wow…lots of comments on here about this triangle. I wrote a snarky comment yesterday about how Amal is always scouting to find the camera and the proof is right there in the main photo for this article. Who of the three has her eyes focused directly in the camera’s eye? The first two guesses don’t count. Point proven.

  37. Nimbolicious says:

    Ugh, get that woman some Gatorade before she goes into kidney failure……

  38. Fan says:

    I don’t think Julia is flirting with him. They just have good chemistry together and it shows. Look at them. They looked perfect. George and Julia compliments each others because of the attires they are wearing? I’m not sure. Amal in trying to outshine Julia ended up isolating herself with that bright yellow gown. She looked good with that gown though.

  39. rudy says:

    This is another arranged marriage, a sham.
    All the fans eat this stuff right up. George and Amal. So beautiful. Such a lovely wedding. Venice, the canal, beautiful people in their beautiful clothes….

    It was fake. All of it. A contract that seems to have shafted both parties. No pun intended. hah!

    I have no sympathy for either one. Their eyes were open. I am continually incensed that the Hollywood publicity machine loves to create fake couples because the profit goes up with the magnificence of the creation.

    Kim and Kanye
    Beyonce and Jay-Z
    George and Amal
    Gigi and Zayn

  40. Taxi says:

    Julia & George have worked together & been friends for years. George met Amal on her turf, drank the koolade, is now stuck with his pineapple popsickle.

  41. Bitsy says:

    I saw a picture of Amal and Julia holding hands on the red carpet in Cannes. Would women who supposedly can’t stand each other do that? You could say that it was just for the cameras but I think holding hands would go a little far if they were only pretending.

  42. Almond says:

    All three have massive egos and while I don’t have a clue, I’d believe Julia’s no buddy to Amal. But these premiere pics prove nothing. I think she was just trying to sell her movie, no more – to create good photo ops with George. And by the way to the posters up there, she run off with Jason Patrick because she’d caught Kiefer with strippers in the days before their wedding, and she LIVED with and wasn’t simply pursued, by Liam Neeson for a period of time.
    As for Amal, I think she wants to make sure she comes across “better” than his exes or at least matching them for their glamour and looks. And I think George put a stop to the paps walks months ago, but if you look at those pics of them having lunch and George pulling faces, she was still looking around for the paps. She’s an odd person – makes it so obvious. Aside, she’s lost a lot of weight since they first started dating. In that pic of her in the red dress and grey coat, walking out of the restaurant with George, she had cheeks.

  43. Persephone says:

    I’m not going to blame her for stepping in on the cast photos (no partner does that ever!!!!), George should have known better than to encourage her.

    I have had an intense dislike for and distrust of George since he nastily promoted Amal as ‘finally’ someone who was ‘good enough’ for him as if all his exes were inferior sub humans. His mother made some rather offensive comments as well. It showed what a total snob he is, how utterly deluded he is about himself and what a big ego he has. He walks around with her like he’s showing off a trophy.

    She loves the attention too much, blatantly seeks fame for it’s own sake and only does publicity appearances for her boss rather than work so it’s absurd for her to be expected to be taken seriously at this stage. She’s gone from junior barrister to trophy wife of an old has been.

    • nicole says:

      Persephone, I agree with every word you said, you are saying exactly what I think, thanks, now I dont have to type it myself.

  44. TOPgirl says:

    George looks happier next to Julia Roberts than he does with his wife Amal. I’m sure Amal wants to be famous but homegirl needs to chill and be more humble. But I think she’s obsessed with fame since she married Clooney. I don’t see this marriage lasting tho…she’s too young and vain.

  45. Ellis says:

    It is nonsensical to keep putting what type of law she practices in front of the word “lawyer”. On CNN, when they have a guest attorney who specializes in the topic, sure, but when talking about gossip and the dresses Amal wears? Why? Julianna Margulies is married to a gorgeous lawyer, and I have no idea what he practices, why? Because when they appear in public together the press doesn’t bother to mention it because, back to the beginning, it would be nonsensical for a red carpet appearance. Is Clooney handing out hundred dollar bills to whomever uses the words “human rights”?