This is the first time I’ve been away from the twins... Amal sends pic­tures & I think ‘God, I wish I was with them!’

Daily Mirror - - NEWS - By JOHN HISCOCK in Toronto fea­tures@mir­ror.co.uk

Ge­orge Clooney has achieved global fame, amassed a for­tune worth hun­dreds of mil­lions, hap­pily mar­ried a top lawyer, and was re­cently blessed with twins.

So, at 56, does the ac­tor, di­rec­tor and heart-throb have any more am­bi­tions?

Ge­orge says: “All I can do is hope that I am not chas­ing my kids around with a walker and cane or switch­ing di­a­pers with them.”

The star is in Toronto to chat about Subur­bicon, a film he di­rected star­ring Matt Da­mon and Ju­lianne Moore, but his mind is very much back at home.

This trip is the first time he’s been away from wife Amal, 39, their son Alexan­der and daugh­ter Ella.

There are small out­ward signs that Ge­orge has changed since be­com­ing a dad – a smidgen of un­der-eye dark­ness from help­ing with night-time feeds.

But a far big­ger trans­for­ma­tion has taken place in­side. The ex-com­mit­ment­pho­bic ladies man who se­rial dated mod­els is now a fam­ily man. Ge­orge says: “I couldn’t be more in love and more happy with my fam­ily. I’m 56, which is old to be do­ing this and I didn’t re­ally think it was go­ing to hap­pen in my life. So it’s all ic­ing on the cake.

“I thought that my life was go­ing to be fo­cused on my ca­reer. Then I have this in­cred­i­ble re­la­tion­ship and then all of a sud­den we have these two knuck­le­heads who make me laugh ev­ery day.

“To­day is the first time I’ve been away from them since they were born and I wish I was with them. My wife sends me pic­tures of them and I think, ‘God I wish I was with my kids’. I’m ex­cited to get home. It’s nice to feel this way.”

Life for Ge­orge and Amal, who have a home over­look­ing the Thames in Son­ning, Berk­shire, may sound like bliss.

But Ge­orge says: “I wasn’t com­pletely un­aware of what life would be like with chil­dren. All my friends have kids and I am god­fa­ther to about 20.

“The sur­prise for me was how much more com­pli­cated twins are than one. It’s not like twice as much work, it’s more than that. It changes ev­ery­thing and you don’t sleep. So I have such ad­mi­ra­tion for my wife, who is get­ting about two hours

of sleep [in] in­ter­vals a night. She is up breast­feed­ing these two knuck­le­heads – all they want to do is eat and I don’t un­der­stand what is go­ing on.

“I have two chil­dren that don’t even care that I ex­ist right now. I have noth­ing to give them ex­cept a bot­tle ev­ery once in a while, and they are happy. But, other than that, it’s all Amal right now.”

It’s clear to see why Ge­orge is feel­ing con­tent. He re­cently sold tequila firm Casami­gos, which he founded with two friends, for a bil­lion dol­lars and stands to make another $100mil­lion, or £73mil­lion, as a Ne­spresso spokesman.

But Ge­orge in­sists his chil­dren, born on June 6, will re­alise how lucky they are. He says: “I want to make sure that my chil­dren un­der­stand that they were, by birthright, given things that other chil­dren aren’t, and some of it is good and some of it is bad.”

And though he has won Os­cars for both act­ing and di­rect­ing – and counts A-lis­ters in­clud­ing Cindy Craw­ford, Brad Pitt and Barack Obama among his friends – Ge­orge hasn’t for­got­ten his hard road to star­dom, be­fore land­ing the role of Dr Doug Ross in TV’s ER in 1994.

“I look at ev­ery day as an ex­cit­ing ad­ven­ture be­cause I wasn’t sup­posed to have this ca­reer, and I wasn’t sup­posed to be in the po­si­tion I am,” he says.

“I grew up in Ken­tucky and I sold in­sur­ance door to door, worked in a ladies’ shoe de­part­ment and cut to­bacco for three dol­lars and 33 cents an hour.

“I’d buy suits that were too long and cut the bot­toms off, hem them with a sta­pler and make ties for work out of them. I am the first per­son to say yeah, I am lucky. And so I en­joy that and I don’t take it for granted.”

When Ge­orge sold Casami­gos, he gave al­most £15mil­lion to char­ity. He says: “Amal and I talked about it, as I made some pretty good money out of it, and we asked, ‘What does it re­ally do to change our lives?’

“So we took $20mil­lion and put it into our foun­da­tion. It gives us the op­por­tu­nity not to have to do fundrais­ers with peo­ple we can’t stand. The money will go to­wards ed­u­cat­ing refugees, hous­ing and all the things we want to work on.

“We are build­ing schools in Le­banon, putting 5,000 kids into ed­u­ca­tion, as the quick­est way to de­feat ter­ror­ism in gen­eral is to give peo­ple an ed­u­ca­tion, hope and some­thing to do.”

Ge­orge is bring­ing char­ity even closer to home, with an Iraqi refugee liv­ing in the Clooney fam­ily home in Ken­tucky.

“I don’t re­ally want to name him yet be­cause he has fam­ily in Iraq and ISIS is still there,” he says. “But he is an amaz­ing kid. He has got into the Uni­ver­sity of Chicago and in the mean­time he is my fa­ther’s best friend. I say he’s the son that my fa­ther al­ways wanted be­cause he thinks all my dad’s jokes are new.”

Be­fore fam­ily life got so full, Ge­orge co-wrote the script for Subur­bicon, about an in­sur­ance fraud and mur­der in the 1950s. It is based on a Coen broth­ers script and Ge­orge added a racial con­flict.

“I wanted it to be vi­o­lent and an­gry,” he says. “We need to ad­dress these is­sues which un­for­tu­nately still ex­ist to­day.”

Spare time is rare, but when­ever Ge­orge is at his English re­treat he loves join­ing reg­u­lars at his lo­cal, The Bull. He says: “It’s re­ally old and all the door­ways hit you in the head, which is dan­ger­ous when you are drink­ing. I love it there.

“There’s a nice restau­rant down the street and we have to walk through a ceme­tery to get to the pub. On the way back it’s very creepy, but it’s fan­tas­tic.”

I’d buy suits that were too long and cut the bot­toms off to make ties GE­ORGE ON LONG ROAD TO FAME AND FOR­TUNE

HAPPY FAM­ILY Amal and Ge­orge Clooney TWIN EF­FORT Lawyer Amal with one of their ba­bies DOTING DAD Ge­orge helps out car­ry­ing sec­ond tot

MOVIE PALS At Subur­bicon pre­miere with Ju­lianne Moore

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