Search all you want, but you’d be hard-pressed to find any sexual scandals involving George Clooney in the tattle tabloids. Even when he was one of the most eligible bachelors in Hollywood, the most eyebrow-raising anecdote to hit the press was that he had a giant pet pig rutting about his palatial digs. That’s a dating dealbreaker in most cases, but not for the array of admirers pining for Clooney.
So, when the A-list actor almost contributed to a wardrobe malfunction, naturally the scribes start scurrying to the source of the matter. Saoirse Ronan dug up the dirt on Clooney during a February airing of Jimmy Kimmel Live! when she revealed the incident back in 2008 when she was only 13 years old. It took place on the record carpet just before the Academy Awards and Ronin, back then a supporting actress Oscar nominee for her work in Atonement, was having a few problems with her flowing gown, her lengthy train in particular.
What she most recalls was doing a television interview and found she couldn’t move. The problem?
“My mom was in the background and had this dress with a long train,” said Ronin, “and George Clooney stood on the train and he didn’t realize it.”
Trust good ol’ Mom to step in and resolve the situation. First she asked Clooney to move, and then tapped him on the shoulder. Clooney didn’t even acknowledge the request. Then Mom got more aggressive with her demand until Clooney eventually moved, freeing Ronin from the celebrity obstruction in the process. The rest of the evening went off without a hitch.
Although Ronin lost out that year to Michael Clayton star Tilda Swinton, she still had the time of her life. After all, the experience of a debut Oscar appearance was worlds away for her and her mother at the time. The two had to endure a lengthy plane trip from New Zealand to Los Angeles for the event.
This year will mark the third time Ronin will be in the soft seats at the 90th running of the Oscars. This year she’s up for a best actress award for Lady Bird in which she plays a troubled senior. In 2016, she was also nominated in the same category, thanks to her head-turning portrayal of an Irish immigrant in Brooklyn. That year, Brie Larson walked away with the trophy as the star of the independent drama Room.
Whether Ronin wins or not this time around, chances are it’ll still take a bit to wipe away the experience of seeing her mother’s brief altercation with Clooney.
“You’ll never believe what George Clooney did to me!” Ronin recalled dear Mom saying afterwards.