George Clooney Discusses Terrifying Fatherhood

August 30, 2017 - 6:30am

George Clooney did not picture himself on double diaper duty at age 56.

The superstar sat down with the Associated Press to discuss the radical ways his life has changed since wife Amal Clooney gave birth to twins Ella and Alexander in July, and the sheer terror of being a dad in general.

  • “I just have to clean the barf off of my tux,” jokes Clooney. “It used to be my barf but now it’s the twins’ barf. So it all works out.”
  • He continues: “I really didn’t think at 56 that I would be the parent of twins. Don’t make plans. You always have to just enjoy the ride. Suddenly, you’re responsible for other people, which is terrifying.”
  • Luckily, he says his wife is a natural. “She’s like an Olympic athlete. She’s doing so beautifully.”
  • Clooney says he is focusing on the basics: “Right now my job is changing diapers and walking them around a little bit.”
  • Fatherhood has also helped put other pressing issues in focus for him, he says.
  • He and Amal announced a $1 million grant to the Southern Poverty Law Center to fight hate. He tells the Associated Press that the donation was made in response to the violence in Charlottesville and a reflection of his fear about the future of the country more generally.
  • “It becomes increasingly clear how in over his head and incapable this man is of being president of the United States,” said Clooney. “The good news is that our other institutions - meaning press, finally, and judges and senators - have proven that the country works. There is a check and balance.”
  • Clooney has his hands full at home and work, he says. In addition to cleaning up puke and wiping two bottoms, he's getting ready to unveil his latest directorial effort, Suburbicon.
  • The film stars Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac and was created from an unproduced script by Joel and Ethan Coen. It focuses on suburban paranoia after a home invasion.
  • Paramount Pictures will release Suburbicon October 27th.