"I knew from the minute I met her that everything was going to be different," the actor said.
Having a wife and children was never part of the picture for actor George Clooney. But all of that changed soon after he met Amal Clooney, the love of his life.
"There is no question that having Amal in my life changed everything for me, no question about that," he once told CBS News. "It was the first time that everything that she did and everything about her was infinitely more important than anything about me."
In a recent sit-down he had with Marc Maron for the podcast, WTF with Marc Maron, he revealed that falling in love with Amal changed him and made him go from never wanting kids to becoming a devoted father of their twins, Ella and Alexander.
"I didn't want to get married. I didn't want to have kids. And then this extraordinary human being walked into my life and I just fell madly in love," he told Maron, as quoted by PEOPLE. "Then I knew from the minute I met her that everything was going to be different."
"I didn't know I'd have twins," he continued. "There is that moment when you go to the doctor and they pull out this piece of paper which is a sonogram and they go, 'Here' and you go, 'It's a baby boy.' I'm like, 'Baby boy, fantastic.' And then they said, 'And the other one is the girl' and I was like, 'Oh s—t.'"
"[Amal's] sister has twins and I was gobsmacked because... I was kind of up for one. … I love it now," he added. "And thank God they have each other during the pandemic."
The 60-year-old father still remembers the moment he and Amal decided to have children. It was during a visit to a friend's house about a year after their 2014 wedding in Venice.
"We were at a friend's house, and they had a kid there which was loud and obnoxious and I was like, 'Holy s—t.' We went outside for a walk. And she'd never thought about it, really. And so then she said, 'We are awfully lucky in life.' And I said, 'Yeah, we are lucky we found each other,'" Clooney recalled. "She said, 'Seems like that luck should be shared with some other folks.'"
Clooney remembers thinking about the idea for a minute and believed neither of them "made a decision" about children at the time.
"Then I just said, 'Well, I mean, if you're in' and she said, 'I think we should try,'" the actor recalled. "I have to say it was very emotional because I really was convinced that wasn't my lot in life and was comfortable with that."
The one thing Clooney hopes to teach his children is how to make the most of whatever situation life throws at them.
"I'm really aware of a couple of things, which is I'm aware of the danger of celebrity with kids and I'm aware of the danger of having means with kids," he said in the interview. "I learned to be scrappy because of that. You can put me in any situation, I can survive. I can survive anything. I had to make sure that that's something that our kids get. That's important to me."
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