George Clooney on fatherhood at 55: ‘It’s going to be an adventure’

George Clooney at UNGA New York

George Clooney and Amal are expecting twins. They got Julie Chen to announce the news two weeks ago, then George’s publicist gave the nod to People Magazine to confirm it. Amal is apparently due in June. Just last week, George’s mom Nina Clooney confirmed everything to Vogue Magazine too, and Nina even broke some news: George and Amal are expecting a boy and a girl. Nina told Vogue: “It will be one of each! Yes, a boy and a girl. That’s what I’ve been told. How marvelous! My husband and I are extremely excited.” So how excited is the father-to-be? George sat down for an interview with a French show and he chatted about the “adventure” he’s about to go on as a 55/56-year-old first-time father:

George Clooney is finally speaking out about Amal Clooney’s pregnancy! The couple is expecting twins—an announcement that made massive headlines earlier this month—and now the 55-year-old actor is finally, officially confirming the news himself. During an interview on the French program Rencontres de Cinema with film journalist Laurent Weil on Sunday, George—who was honored at The Caesar Awards in France over the weekend—couldn’t stop smiling when asked about the news.

“We are really happy and really excited. It’s going to be an adventure,” he gushed, later adding, “We’ve sort of embraced it all…with arms wide open.”

George also dished on how his “supportive” pals reacted when he told them the news.

“It got really quiet,” he recalled. “And they all just started making baby crying noises, and the whole table just busted up laughing.”

Of course, the jokes come into play regarding George’s age (most of his friends have kids who are grown up and off to college). However, the actor brushes the them off and looks to people like 89-year-old Jean-Paul Belmondo for inspiration. The French actor welcomed a child with his second wife, Nathalie Tardivel, in 2003 when he was 70-years-old.

“So, I’m feeling a little better about being 56 by the time [the twins come],” Clooney laughed.

[From E! News]

“It’s going to be an adventure.” As every parent in the world rolls their eyes. Yes, that’s one word for it. Adventure! Still, I can’t wait to see how Clooney’s new chapter plays out. I can’t wait to hear the names too! Although my guess for the boy’s name is Nick, after George’s father.

George sat down for this interview with Rencontres de Cinema because he’ll be attending the Cesars on Friday night in Paris. He’ll be receiving an honorary Cesar for his filmography. I hope Amal attends too! I want to see her maternity style. I bet it’s wacky. I’m including the video of the interview below, but it has a French over-dub.

George Clooney shows his Father–in–law Ramzi Alamuddin around the set of 'Suburbicon' with wife Amal

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  1. NotSoSocialButterfy says:

    With their incomes and status, I’m sure it will be an adventure.

    • me says:

      I was just about to say the same thing. Having a lot of money so they can hire A LOT of help will surely make things A LOT easier.

    • pinetree13 says:

      Meh, I don’t have their income but i still consider parenthood an adventure! Lots of ups and downs and highs and lows…isn’t that what a true adventure is really all about?

      • Beezers says:

        Their “adventures” can include handing the babies over to the nanny when they need to be changed, won’t stop crying, need to be fed, etc.

  2. Marie says:

    Growing up, I’ve always wanted to have twins, a boy and a girl. This way, I’ll be done and over with just one pregnancy. Lol.

    • HappyMom says:

      The one thing my friends with twins always say is the first year is a total blur. I loved the whole baby thing so that would not have been as much fun imo.

  3. Jeesie says:

    His dog is adorable.

    • Jenns says:

      I’m a Basset “mom”, so I’m only here for the dog pictures.

      One good thing about him owning a Basset is that he’ll know how to deal with kids when all they want to do is sleep and not listen to you, lol.

      • tenniswho says:

        Oh I love Bassets! Sorry, I am not a native speaker, so I am not sure I understood your comment correctly – are Bassets good with kids because they are quite calm?

    • Bluer says:

      That’s Millie and I think she’s more George’s dog than Amal’s, because he seems to be the one talking about adopting rescues rather than buying from puppy mills.

  4. robyn says:

    Suddenly he’s a family man … it’s great! Life IS an adventure because you never know what’s around the corner.

  5. K2 says:

    I think parenthood probably IS an adventure when you have nannies, domestic staff and limitless funds. It’s the relentlessness, the mess and the cost that makes it as gruelling as it is fulfilling for the rest of us.

    • Gen says:

      Exactly! It’s not like he is going to change every diaper and have to get up every night. It’s the 24/7 that makes parenthood exhausting. When it is only part time, it is a bliss!

  6. Rapunzel says:

    I don’t get the criticism of his use of “adventure.”. What else is he supposed to say? That it’s gonna be grueling and hard work? Or a piece of cake?

    • brooksie says:

      Agreed, I scratched my head at that as well!

    • pinetree13 says:

      I don’t get it either. I also feel parenthood is an adventure. You get to experience new things and feel things you never felt before.

      I always though I was a semi-cynical person but reading these posts…maybe I’m not so bad after all LOL

    • cluedo says:

      Case of damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Some people just love to snark.

  7. QQ says:

    I wonder how resentful of these bundles of joy are all the other Cocktail waitresses of Summers Pasts LOL

    • paolanqar says:

      Ahah yes! But to be fair almost all his ex gf moved on and ran away holding a fat check in their hands to have babies with other men. And thank god they’re all pretty much disappeared now.

    • INeedANap says:

      When someone tells you, “It’s not you, it’s me”

      It’s you.

    • antipodean says:

      As always QQ, you wrote what I also thought! How lucky of him to have the ability and financial wherewithall to be breeding at his age, when HE decides it is convenient, expedient, and he has finally settled on an appropriate incubator. An elderly entitled roue and dilettante, I have no time for these types. If they must pass on their precious genes, at least have the decency to do so quietly. I am more surprised that his special wife is able to accommodate one child, let alone two, I guess a limitless bank balance is all that is required.

  8. Mel says:

    I like him. And the interview was pretty good too. I wish you had included the part where he talks about Trump and Bannon. That’s the first time I heard anybody mention those arguments and I was like “Man, that IS a great point actually!”.
    Also, I don’t get the criticism his wife is getting.
    She’s working, doing her thing.
    Sometimes people criticize her for wearing outfits that are too “flashy” I guess for the occasion. I just see red whenever I read comments like that. She never showed up dressed like Kylie Jenner as far as I know.
    People also wonder “when does she have the time to work when she’s always jet-setting”?
    Is she on your payroll or something? I imagine she and her bosses have that worked out, presumably because she’s in the spotlight, bringing awareness to some causes.
    Sorry for the rant but I feel like she’s not doing the “trophy wife” thing and STILL, people are all up in arms about her sometimes.
    I might not be aware of all the reasons why she evokes such responses but, to me she’s pretty harmless. Nothing to get upset about.

    • Jag says:

      She is a Junior Barrister, her firm was using her(Clooney) for getting new business, every case she was on, they lost.
      Chances are they was a parting of ways, and she is going to be using the pregnancy as an excuse for her not working.

    • Bluer says:

      She’s super vain and kind of weird all up, that’s why she gets the little bit of snark sometimes. And she wore tens of thousands of dollars worth of really eye-catching (not classic suits that would have been more appropriate) to advocate for Nadia Murad at the UN. It was all about her. She is not just doing her thing; she is/was constantly playing up to the paps and George clearly wanted to make her into a feminist icon or something. All too deliberate and attention seeking.

    • tenniswho says:

      Very well said. I totally agree. I think beside criticizing her e.g. for being vain or so, people should at least also consider or compliment her for not taking on the role of the trophy wife

  9. jerkface says:

    I’m sure it will be a trying time for the nanny.

  10. nikki says:

    oh boy this is someone who never wanted to get married and not have kids….when we all knew that’s exactly what he wanted….instead of being so downright against it he should have just shut up because now it makes me really dislike him even more…..Good luck cuz we all know this is what She wants….

  11. noway says:

    Not sure Belmondo should be his inspiration. Belmondo divorced his wife when their child was four. Also, I thought Clooney’s nephew’s name was Nick.

    Good luck to them, and I am sure the money will make it all a lot easier than the average person.

  12. corporate stepsister says:

    Oh the irony. He wasn’t interested in a wife or kids and now suddenly he meets his ‘worth’ consort and decides to do both. I really disliked how he insulted his exes by making it clear that they were not ‘up to par’ in his eyes.

  13. Bluer says:

    The babies will need to survive having two very narcissistic parents, so good luck to them. I don’t think 56 is that bad. It’s better to have kids young, of course, but what are you going to do when you marry someone who’s 15, 20 years younger? They’re probably going to be deprived of your non-senile company for that many years anyway, so you can’t really say no to having kids. I bet George has already looked into all the strategies to raise kids by proxy – through nannies. He’ll be a super aloof father, I’ll bet.

    • Ann says:

      “I don’t think 56 is that bad”. WAY too old to become a father. 20 year olds are going to have a 76 year old father and most likely have to deal with him dying while in their 20s still.

      • Me Three says:

        My parents were both older–and not as old as George. And, my childhood was much different than my friends’ and my older sisters. I was a “surprise.” By the time I arrived, both parents were involved more in life in general and physically weren’t up to doing some of the things they did with my oldest sister–18 years older. And, then there were their health issues. I grew up hearing the line–“take care of your mother” and frankly spent much of my life caring for her and for my father. George has several health problems that will be exacerbated with age and when the twins are in their early twenties, he will be 75-80. And, while age causes potential problems on the mother’s side, people don’t realize that an older man having children is also risky. The percentage of children with autism increases significantly with the age of the father. I am surprised they decided to have kids and have to admit I think it’s a bit selfish on their part. But I wish them and their children only the best.

  14. Bethany says:

    I don’t understand all the snark thrown at these two. He’s a gorgeous guy with a great sense of humor who treats his fans with kindness and respect. She beautiful, smart and accomplished. They don’t deserve all the bitchy comments.

    • brooksie says:

      + 1

    • jerkface says:

      Oh well if he is gorgeous then I guess we should just kiss his behind and keep our opinions to ourselves. Its not like some ugly regular guy who used to only date Vegas cocktail waitresses suddenly decided to have kids at almost 60. This dude is attractive so all his anti family snobby self centered bull shananny gets a pass.

      • tenniswho says:

        “anti family snobby” – what does that even mean? That until recently having a family wasn’t one of his life choices? Good for him. Luckily we live in a modern, liberal (because modern means among other liberal) world, where people can make very different life choices.