According to The Independent, Nicole Kidman and Michelle Pfeiffer once bet former-notorious bachelor George Clooney $10,000 each that he would have kids by the time he was 40. When he turned 40, still without children, he challenged them to a double-or-nothing bet over the next 10 years. Pfeiffer even took it a step further and bet Clooney that he would cave and get married eventually, after his union with actor Talia Balsam ended in 1993 and he swore off marriage. Clooney was so confident that he would be free of marital and parental constraints for the rest of his life, that he upped the ante on Pfeiffer's bet to $100,000. Obviously, he lost that bet when he met Amal Alamuddin, world-renowned human rights and criminal attorney.
Not only did Clooney owe Pfeiffer $100,000 after he tied the knot with Amal on September 27, 2014, but he also had children within the 10-year period, leaving him further in debt to Pfeiffer another $20,000 and to Kidman for the same amount. It seems to have been well worth it though, as the two lovebirds are as happy and successful as they've ever been.
The couple, now with twins, have been going strong for over four years, and given Clooney’s star power, have remained surprisingly under-the-radar and away from the press. George and Amal Clooney are two people who undoubtedly enjoy their privacy, as any couple does. Once in a while, however, they will share something that us mere mortals didn’t know about them. Contrarily, sometimes they accidentally let a bit of information slip that neither of them wants the public to know. Then there are those unspoken facts that neither George nor Amal want to vocalize. We cover all of them.
Below are 20 things that George and Amal Clooney don’t want to share with fans.
20 Their Lives With Their Children
This is a standard parental philosophy when raising children in the spotlight. Naturally, any parent wants their child to have as normal a life as possible. For celebrities, that means keeping their children out of the press as much as possible. We’ve all seen what the media can do to adults, let alone children. George and Amal have only shared a few details about their twins.
Their names are Ella and Alexander, and, thanks to the Clooney's personal chef, Viviana Frizzi, we know they have quite the adventurous tasting palates. According to Today, some of their favorite dishes are salmon, tomato risotto, Margherita pizza and ricotta with raspberries. They eat better than most adults!
19 Their Day-To-Day Lives
George and Amal’s day-to-day lives are quite guarded. According to Chef Viviana, the Clooneys have a weekly pizza night, but not much else is known about the couple’s leisurely exploits. After all, Amal is an international human rights and criminal attorney, and George is a world-famous actor, director, and producer, and they both keep busy with their humanitarian efforts.
Amal is the president of the Clooney Foundation For Justice, which the couple founded to “advance justice for marginalized and vulnerable communities targeted by hate.”
18 George Talks Too Much About Their Private Lives
It was reported by Ok! Magazine that Amal grew tired of George’s oversharing of their personal lives during his Tomorrowland press tour in 2015.
A source close to Amal told the magazine, “Amal knows he has to promote his movie, but she’s peeved. She’s asked George a couple of times to stop talking so much about their private life.”
During the press tour, George had discussed everything from his proposal to Amal’s problem with George’s sports-viewing habit!
17 They Posted A Warning Outside Their Lake Como Home
This is the ultimate snobby, rich move. George and Amal actually enlisted the help of Lake Como Mayor Robert Pozzi, according to Time, to enforce a 100m exclusion zone. That means any citizen or tourist that gets out of their car or boat, or even walks past Villa Oleandra or the adjacent Villa Margherita within the 100m radius, they will be fined up to €500 ($550).
It’s already quite excluded, and the ordinance assumes that they’re the center of the small village and everyone naturally gravitates toward them. Sure, they’re famous, but they aren’t the only celebrities living on the lake. Madonna, Sir Richard Branson, and Donatella Versace all have properties in the picturesque town.
16 George Got Into A Fist Fight On The Set Of Three Kings
George physically fought director David O. Russell on the set of Three Kings. There are several sides to every story. A neutral party, Three Kings producer Charles Roven, had this to say about the incident in an account to The Hollywood Reporter:
“So we've got George, who's having trouble remembering his lines because he's working seven days a week, and we've got David, who's falling behind schedule. Now we're shooting the climax of the movie... And George sees David talking to the extras' [assistant director], and it looks like he's yelling at him. But he's yelling to be heard. And George comes running over and goes, "I told you, [bleep], if you're going to pick on somebody, pick on me." And David goes, "Why don't you just [bleep] remember your lines for once?" And boom! They grab each other, and they're tussling. And so I pulled George away. That was it.”
We’re fully on your side, George. We salute you for standing up to Russell for talking down to and yelling at the assistant director.
15 George Tried Out For Major League Baseball
According to The Cincinnati Enquirer, George tried out for the Cincinnati Reds in 1977. Although George was born and raised in Kentucky, he spent a portion of his childhood in Ohio. In 1990, he told the publication, "I could catch anything. I was a great outfielder in high school. But I couldn't throw well. I wanted to play pro baseball. I thought that would be it."
Reportedly, at 16 years old, he couldn't hit anything but a fastball, either. Sure. You almost made it, George. We believe you.
14 George Comes From Industry Royalty
George is the son of Nick Clooney, longtime journalist, anchorman, and television host, appearing on AMC for five years. His aunt also happens to be legendary jazz and pop singer and actor Rosemary Clooney. However, it was his father who gave George his first taste of the show-business atmosphere. George told Interview Magazine:
"I sat in meetings with my father, who not only wrote his own news but was a news director as well, when he would go around with each reporter and say, 'Go back and make sure that these sources are good sources, and if you don’t have two then we can’t use it.' I also witnessed what many broadcasters feel was the downfall of broadcast journalism, when they sent my father to these consultants who would say stuff like, 'Part your hair on the left and not the right, and wear a cool, blue suit because that means confidence.'"
It would appear this is also when George learned his sense of style and how to dress suavely.
13 Amal Is Smarter Than George
Sure, George may have landed at number 13 on Entertainment Weekly's, "The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood" List in 2007, but he doesn't hold a candle to Amal. It's already been established that Amal is one of the most powerful and respected human rights lawyers in the world, as well as a formidable criminal lawyer. However, her accolades are seemingly endless.
She received an English law degree from St. Hugh's College, Oxford, after which she earned a Master of Laws (LLM) from NYU. She's also fluent in English, Arabic, and French. In 2015, Business Insider reported that Amal decided to share her knowledge and teach students. She began lecturing at Columbia Law School's Human Rights Institute in 2015.
12 George Had His Singing Voice Dubbed In O Brother, Where Art Thou
George may be a great actor, but there’s one thing the Oscar winner can’t do: sing. The multifaceted actor had to have his singing voice dubbed for the numerous musical sequences in the Coen brothers’ 2000 film, O Brother, Where Art Thou.
Despite his costar Tim Blake Nelson rising to the sonorous occasion, Clooney’s voice was ultimately left on the cutting room floor in post-production. Dan Tyminski, the mandolin player in the concert rally scene and a country music singer in his own right, provides the voice for George’s character when he sings "Man of Constant Sorrow,” according to IMDb.
11 George Was Turned Down For Reservoir Dogs
Today, he’s one of the most famous people on the planet. However, George didn’t always have the star power and acting chops that he’s honed over the years. According to IndieWire, George caught the attention of director Quentin Tarantino for his performance in Red Surf. Tarantino asked Clooney to audition for his new film, Reservoir Dogs, reading for the role of Mr. Blonde.
Unfortunately, the role would ultimately go to Michael Madsen. It wasn’t all for nothing, though, as George would later go on to star in a film Tarantino wrote and produced, entitled From Dusk Till Dawn.
10 In 2013, Amal Was Named London’s Hottest Barrister
It all started with an anonymous list of the UK’s most attractive male barristers that were trending on the internet. The same people who created that list eventually created an annual list for the UK’s most attractive female barristers. The Telegraph reports that Amal Clooney, then Amal Alamuddin, topped the list in 2013.
The list stated that Amal has “achieved the seemingly unattainable ideal of contemporary femininity: She is both breathtakingly beautiful and formidably successful. Not only does she have huge warm eyes and silky, jet-black hair, but she speaks French and Arabic.”
9 Amal Is A Fashion Icon
In every single picture taken of Amal, she looks absolutely stunning and effortlessly stylish. She has the figure and fashion sensibilities of a model. However, Amal is somewhat of a reluctant fashion icon. She doesn’t want the luxuries and superfluity that come with celebrity to distract her from her job or give people the wrong idea that she is anything but serious.
She’s already being mocked, but handling it with the grace one would expect from her. According to Us Weekly, while representing Armenia in 2015, The Telegraph reporter Bruno Waterfield tweeted during the hearing, "What’s Amal Clooney wearing? A barrister’s court dress of course. She’s a somebody not a mere actor’s wife today."
Amal's response? "I'm wearing Ede & Ravenscroft," London's oldest maker of ceremonial and judiciary robes. Priceless!
8 They Both Used To Smoke
George's grandparents owned a tobacco farm, which he would work on during the summer as a kid. George smoked until his 20s, when he ultimately decided it wasn't worth the risk. Both of his grandparents, his aunt Rosemary, and 6 out of his 10 great aunts and uncles on his father's side passed away due to lung cancer. According to People, Amal's close friend from law school, Jae Kim, gave a toast at her wedding, during which she dished some details on some of Amal's personal preferences and habits.
On top of making Amal a more punctual person, George's effect on her was physically evident when she quit smoking for him "cold turkey!" Kudos, Amal. We want nothing but longevity for this power couple.
7 Amal Didn’t Have Much Of A Love Life Before George
During that same speech at George and Amal's wedding, Kim also discussed Amal's love life, or lack thereof, before George entered the picture. During the speech, Kim recalled a conversation about love between the two friends.
"[We] stayed up talking late into the night about relationships and whether she would ever meet her partner in life. She had just been picked the ‘Hottest Barrister in London,’ and I was concerned that this would not work in her favor, as most men found her intimidating already. The list of things she was looking for in this man, she readily admitted, could not realistically be found in one person. She was looking for Mr. Perfect, and he was nowhere to be found."
There's nothing wrong with having high standards. To Kim's relief, her Mr. Perfect was just around the corner.
6 George Is A Prankster On Set
The chances are, if you star in a movie with George Clooney, you're going to get pranked. Some of his best pranks, according to The Telegraph, span almost three decades. Fresh out of his divorce from Balsam, Clooney moved in with his friend and actor Richard Kind, who adored his cat. For weeks, Clooney emptied the litter box, leaving Kind to believe the cat was constipated, even prompting Kind to take the cat to the vet. Finally, Clooney left some human-sized waste in the litter box, freaking Kind out.
There are countless other pranks that include Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis, but we will leave you with another hilarious one for good measure. George was directing The Monuments Men, and Matt Damon was staying at his villa in Lake Como. Attempting to slim down for a role, Damon was on a strict diet. However, George had the tailor tighten his waist an eighth of an inch every three days for three weeks to make Damon believe he was going mad for a while. George, you prankster, you!
5 Their Collective Net Worth Is Through The Roof
After the sale of his tequila brand, Casamigos, for an astounding $1 billion to Diageo, a British multinational alcoholic beverages company, George became the highest paid actor of 2018 despite having not appeared in a film since 2016's Money Monster.
Bringing in $239 million in income last year, George raised his net worth to an estimated $500 million, reports Men's Health. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Amal's net worth is approximately $20 million, thanks to her having earned a healthy living representing high-profile cases and people including WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
4 George Lived In A Walk-In Closet When He Was A Struggling Actor
After giving up on becoming a Major League Baseball player and dropping out of college while studying journalism, George moved to Los Angeles, where he found something he excelled at: acting.
After two years of no paid acting work, Clooney began to land a series of guest spots on TV shows that led to a bigger part on the hit show The Facts of Life. During that time period, Clooney told Esquire that he’d been living in a friend’s walk-in closet, struggling to make ends meet.
Thanks to his role on The Facts of Life, Clooney was able to afford a one-bedroom apartment, where he remained for seven or eight more years. The early days of fame aren’t so glamorous, are they?
3 George Had A Keg Installed On The Set Of Ocean’s Eleven
Despite having recently sold his own tequila brand, George is a beer man. He loves beer so much, in fact, that it is rumored that he had a keg of Guinness installed in his dressing room on the set of Ocean’s Eleven. Celebrities are held in high esteem in American culture, and they often use their status to get preferential and special treatment.
There have been many more ridiculous actor requests on set, of course, but could the man really not wait until filming wrapped each day to grab a cold one at a bar or his hotel? This is one of George’s more embarrassing bits of trivia on IMDb.
2 Amal’s Human Rights Work Is Overshadowed By The Tabloids
Amal has represented Armenia in their plight to have the Armenian Genocide officially recognized by Turkey. She’s fighting for the rights of Yazidi women. To a certain extent, Amal’s newfound celebrity status can help her work. As Vanity Fair reports her saying, “There is lots of my work that takes place behind closed doors that is not ever seen. I think if there are more people who now understand what’s happening [with] the Yazidis... and if there can be some action that results from that, that can help those clients, then I think it’s a really good thing to give that case the extra publicity that it may get.”
On the contrary, Hollywood can distract from her cases and perceived professionalism, as we saw with The Telegraph reporter. Unfortunately, more often than not, the tabloids report on what designer clothing she’s wearing rather than what case she’s covering.
1 Amal Is Also A Renowned International Criminal Lawyer
In contrast to her human rights work, Amal’s criminal lawyer portfolio is less rewarding. She’s represented some of the world’s most controversial figures, including the dictatorial King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa, Abdullah al Senussi, former intelligence chief to the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and the aforementioned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Amal has a strong moral compass, and she doesn’t take cases for the money, but she chooses the ones that make her most passionate. In each of these individuals, she sees a human being deserving of a fair trial, regardless of the wrongdoings they have committed. That’s why she’s in a position to do what she does for a living.
Sources: The Independent, Today, Time, OK Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, The Cincinnati Enquirer, Business Insider, People