There’s a lengthy profile of George Clooney in the latest issue of Peop—I mean The Hollywood Reporter—and, I must say, it’s revealing and good and worth your time to read.
Titled “At Home With George Clooney in Italy,” which is coincidentally the name of an HGTV show I have dreamed about, the piece follows Clooney from his villa on Lake Como to the “masculine ambiance of his Studio City living room,” exploring his relationship with Amal (she’s great, by the way), the difference a paparazzo who follows and a paparazzo who trespasses (the difference being that he’ll sue the shit out of the latter), and what he plans to do with the $200 million he just pocketed from selling his tequila brand, Casamigos (a huge chunk will go to charity).
But my two favorite moments are a quote from Amal (this profile really allows her to shine, by the way), and a surprising aside about their charitable work.
Write’s THR’s Stephen Galloway:
At one point, Clooney rises to massage his wife’s shoulders. When he moves out of hearing, I ask what has most surprised her in their four years together.
“What a great father he is,” she says.
Later, when I mention this to Clooney, he seems caught unawares. “She said that?” he asks. “Really?”
Later, there’s this revelation, about a “Yazidi refugee from Iraq” that George and Amal have taken in:
Now a student at the University of Chicago, he lives in a house the actor maintains in Augusta, Kentucky. “He was on this bus to Mosul, and ISIS shot the two bus drivers and said, ‘Anybody who wants to go to college, we will shoot them,’ “ says Clooney. “He survived and came to America. He got through all the checks, and once he got through those, it was like, ‘Listen, we got your back. You want to get an education? You want to move your life forward? This is something that we can do.’”
Not bad, those Clooneys. You can read the full piece here.