But as a kid he was head over heels for Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly

By Stephen M. Silverman
December 02, 2013 04:00 PM
Courtesy W Magazine

In the special-effects-heavy Gravity, most his scenes were shot solo, which George Clooney says suited him just fine.

“I actually like working by myself,” he says with a laugh. But what about off-screen? Who is there to keep him warm?

And, on that subject, the often-reticent star is more forthcoming, but only slightly. When it comes to the greatest love of his life, “I haven’t met her yet,” Clooney, 52, matter-of-factly tells W magazine for its 8th annual Art Issue, on sale as of Dec. 2 (for the cover the Dream Man looks like an Op Art Nightmare in polka dots painted by Yayoi Kusama).

“When I was a kid, I was in love with Audrey Hepburn,” Clooney says about the role that got Hepburn her Oscar, as a princess pursued by a newspaper reporter played by Gregory Peck, the George Clooney of his day.

“I watched Roman Holiday when I was 11, and I thought she was as elegant as anything I’d ever seen. And I fell madly in love with her. I also always loved Grace Kelly. I mean, when she comes out of the water in To Catch a Thief, I thought, That’s the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen.”

Kelly’s costar on the French Riviera for that one was Cary Grant, the other George Clooney of his day.

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As for the one and only Clooney of today, as also revealed in W, after noting that he has to “spend eight months a year in a one-bedroom hotel room in a city I probably wouldn’t vacation in, I get desperately, depressingly homesick if I can’t find a way to be near the people that bring joy wherever they go.”

To him, “home is humor and love and responsibility and I get homesick when the people who know that best and I can’t find the time to be together.”

Audrey Hepburn (left) and Grace Kelly
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