Monday 23 April 2018

'I was 35 when I met him, it wasn't obvious that it was going to happen for me' - Amal Clooney on falling for George

Director George Clooney and his wife Amal Clooney pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Suburbicon' during the 74th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, Sep. 2, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Director George Clooney and his wife Amal Clooney pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Suburbicon' during the 74th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, Sep. 2, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Amal Clooney and George Clooney attend March For Our Lives on March 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for March For Our Lives)
Amal Clooney returns to her apartment on March 29, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
George Clooney and Amal Clooney go for dinner on April 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
Actor George Clooney and Amal Clooney attend the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards
Amal Clooney has joined the legal team representing two Reuters reporters jailed by the Myanmar authorities. Photo: Robert Kamau/GC Images
Ms Clooney stood before Europe's top human rights court to represent Armenia
Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney meets with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, not in photo, Friday, March 10, 2017 at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Amal Clooney seen out and about in Manhattan on April 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Amal Clooney has opened up about the early days of her relationship with husband George, admitting she never could have predicted the impact his arrival into her life would have.

Before marrying the actor in 2014, Amal (née Alamuddin) was world renowned in legal circles, living and working as a human rights barrister in London and working on high profile cases like representing three Al Jazeera journalists convicted of terrorism in Egypt. And she had no intention of settling in her personal life.

She says she fell for the Ocean's Eleven after their first date, agreeing to it after several weeks of email exchanges in which he wooed her by writing to her as her dog Einstein. After their lunch date, she describes their relationship as "the most natural thing in the world."

"Before that experience, I always hoped there could be love that was overwhelming and didn't require any weighing or decision-making.  [Love is the] one thing in life that I think is the biggest determinant of happiness, and it's the thing you have the least control over."

George Clooney and Amal Clooney go for dinner on April 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
George Clooney and Amal Clooney go for dinner on April 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)

"I was 35 when I met him. It wasn’t obvious that it was going to happen for me. And I wasn’t willing or excited about the idea of getting married or having a family in the absence of that," she tells the new issue of Vogue.

George, who famously said he would never marry again after his four-year marriage to Talia Balsam ended in 1993, is full of nothing but praise for his wife and often speaks at his pride and awe at her accomplishments, in particular how she mothers their 10-month-old twins Ella and Alexander.

"If you know anything about my crazy life, you know that I’d pretty much committed to the idea of never marrying again. But I started dating Amal, and I immediately knew that something was very different," he said.

The Oscar-winner said he was "taken" with Amal when they first met (by chance when she was with his agent near his Lake Como, Italy home).

Actor George Clooney (R) and wife Amal Clooney attend a Leaders Summit for Refugees during the United Nations 71st session of the General Debate at the United Nations General Assembly on September 20, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Peter Foley - Pool/Getty Images)
Actor George Clooney (R) and wife Amal Clooney attend a Leaders Summit for Refugees during the United Nations 71st session of the General Debate at the United Nations General Assembly on September 20, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Peter Foley - Pool/Getty Images)

"Of course she was beautiful. But I also thought she was fascinating, and I thought she was brilliant. Her life was incredibly exciting - the clients she was taking on and the superhuman work that she was doing. I was taken with her from the moment I saw her," he told the magazine.

"She’s the professional, and I’m the amateur. I get to see someone at the absolute top of their game doing their job better than anybody I’ve ever seen."

Amal Clooney is seen arriving at the
Amal Clooney is seen arriving at the "United Nations" on March 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)

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