Amal Clooney gave her first ever solo interview in the U.S. The human rights lawyer and wife of George Clooney and opened up, during a substantive discussion of a current case, about how her celebrity status impacts her work and shared her thoughts on the responsibility she feels with a higher profile.
The 37-year-old British-Lebanese human right lawyer has become a celebrity in the year since marrying George Clooney in a star-studded wedding in Venice and while she travels the world, as she has done for her entire career, the interest in her, and incidentally her work, has grown exponentially.
Thus, not surprisingly, an interview with NBC News on the crisis in the Maldives in becomes not just an interview on the pressing issue at hand but also a chance for her to acknowledge her higher profile. It’s her first solo interview in the U.S. where many have known of her as Clooney’s wife. She has become a fashion icon, gracing the red carpet alongside her A-list husband, most recently at the premiere of the David Gordon Green directed ‘Our Brand Is Crisis.’
She was asked about what it’s like traversing these two worlds of celebrity and human rights advocacy and she said, “I think there is a certain amount of responsibility that comes with that. And I think I’m exercising it in an appropriate manner by continuing to do this kind of work.”
After all, how many people can locate the Maldives on the map (it’s an island in the Indian Ocean) let alone know of the repressive regime that’s seen her client, Mohamed Nasheed, the country’s former president, forced out of office and imprisoned under a 13-year sentence.
Clooney had come to Washington, DC on her client’s behalf, in support of a congressional resolution authorizing sanctions against the country until the regime free him.
She was also asked about certain publications orchestrating a battle of two high-profile wives, as Cherie Blair, wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is with a firm, Omnia Strategy, hired by the Maldives government.
Clooney said such stories were a “distraction” and she went on to say, “We don’t see that there’s been any improvement in the conduct of the government since they hired expensive advisers.”
Reflecting on the dire conditions in the country, she said, “”Democracy is dead in the Maldives. Literally, if there were an election now there would be no one to run against the president. Every opposition leader is either behind bars or being pursued by the government through the courts.”
You can see Amal Clooney’s full interview video below.
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