George Clooney graces the cover of Esquire magazine and opens up about and his wife Amal Clooney and his happiness as a married man after years of bachelorhood. He also opens up about his life’s work and the legacy in film and in activism that he hopes to leave behind.
While this Esquire magazine cover story is about the 54-year-old Hollywood A-lister George Clooney, it’s become by extension a story about his marriage and his happiness in being married. The curiosity about the couple is at an all-time high, as they continue to grace red carpets around the world.
He tells Esquire, “I’ve never been happier in a relationship by any stretch of the imagination. At 52 I found the love of my life and I’m really happy.”
The 38-year-old Amal Clooney was a public figure all on her own based on her work in human rights and international law. Now needless to say she’s now become a celebrity and a fashion icon to boot, as the wife of the man who arguably was Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor and formerly presumed to remain as such. Now he’s gone on to become one half of Hollywood’s royal couple.
It goes to show that the old adage about meeting the right person changes everything. And that’s the case. In a candid interview, George Clooney proved not to be shy at all about expressing his love for the woman he’s been married to for going on two years after a star-studded storybook wedding in Venice, Italy.
He spoke about that private wedding, and the toast that his longtime friend, Bill Murray. Murray, incidentally, is also gracing the cover of ‘Esquire’ in the magazine’s dual covers for the month.
He said of his friend, “Bill’s oddly emotional. He’s incredibly warm and emotional. He gave a toast at our wedding that was so elegant and beautiful and warm and he’s such a loving individual. And he’s adaptable to anyplace he goes. Everybody’s life is a puzzle that’s missing this one piece, and he fits in each time.”
He also spoke about the legacy he hopes to leave behind, telling the magazine, “Amal and I are working on things now that matter to us on a whole other level, in a whole other world. If there’s a legacy for me, it’s yet to be written.”
As for his work in Hollywood, he said, “I look at some of the films that I was able to do—the ones that mattered. Good Night, and Good Luck; Michael Clayton; Out of Sight; Up in the Air; The Descendants. I look back and think I’ve got seven or eight films that will stand the test of time.” Summing up, he said of it, “That’s my legacy, I suppose.”
He also said, “But as I’ve gotten older and as I’ve gotten more secure in my life, there are a lot of other things that I care about more, which is: the people who don’t have the luck that I have.” He went on to speak of the importance to him of “shedding the spotlight on the fact that their lives are hell.”
George Clooney will next be seen in the highly anticipated thriller “Money Monster” directed by Jodie Foster — which he co-produced — and will star opposite Julia Roberts and Jack O’Connell.
You can see the full interview here as he speaks on a variety of topics, not least elaborating on some of his activism and, in particular, his commitment to helping refugees, noting that even his own wife had to flee Beiruit, Lebanon. You can see George Clooney’s Esquire cover and photos below.
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