Saturday 18 November 2017

George Clooney: 'I still can't believe I'm a dad - I was worried about being too old'

George Clooney attends the 'Money Monster' photocall during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/FilmMagic)
George Clooney attends the 'Money Monster' photocall during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/FilmMagic)
Actor and director George Clooney and his wife Amal leaves the hotel before the red carpet for the movie Suburbicon at the 74th Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy September 2, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
Life changes: Amal and George Clooney who have just welcomed their first children Ella and Alexander

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George Clooney admitted on Saturday that he still thinks it's "crazy" he's a new dad because he was worried about "being too old."

The Gravity star was promoting his new film Suburbicon at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada which he has called "an angry movie for angry times". The well-received film is a satirical look at 1950s America with its take on racial prejudice resonating loud and clear in a country recently plagued by a rise in its neo-Nazi and white supremacist movements. It stars Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac and young British newcomer Noah Jupe.

But during a new interview with USA Today at the festival, Clooney's thoughts weren't far from his three-month-old twins, Ella and Alexander, with wife, international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney.

And Clooney, 56, once famous for insisting he would never have children, is still wrapping his head around the idea of fatherhood.

Actor and director George Clooney and his wife Amal leaves the hotel before the red carpet for the movie Suburbicon at the 74th Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy September 2, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
Actor and director George Clooney and his wife Amal leaves the hotel before the red carpet for the movie Suburbicon at the 74th Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy September 2, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

“I can’t believe it either,” he tells the outlet, shaking his head. “It’s actually crazy. I was worried about being too old but you know, it’s fun. I’m having a blast.”

He also admits that his favourite time with his kids is early morning.

"They sleep for about four hours every night, which is nice," he smiles. "But then after they get their morning breakfast and they’re fat and happy, they giggle and they laugh and they sleep. They’re just funny."

And though he's missing the tots, there's an upside to being back at work and away from home.

Life changes: Amal and George Clooney who have just welcomed their first children Ella and Alexander
Life changes: Amal and George Clooney who have just welcomed their first children Ella and Alexander

"Coming here I got more sleep," he laughs.

The only dilemma he and Amal are debating currently is whether or not to sell photos of the pair - to raise money for charity.

"We’d like to not do it," he admits. "We’ve discussed it in detail, only to take the bounty off their heads, but it’s really hard to do because we really enjoy it being ours. If we did it we’d just donate the money. But my hope is that we won’t have to."

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