George Clooney Says He's 'Lucky' He Didn't Find Fame Until 33
George Clooney stars alongside Julia Roberts in Money Monster, in theaters now
“We all have good lives, and we re nice to people, and so far none of us is barking like a seal on Hollywood Boulevard,” says Foster during a sit-down with PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly Editorial Director Jess Cagle in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly. “We ve all had to find some adaptive tool to survive what is a kind of destructive psychological path: figuring out what does belong to the public and what doesn t.”
For Clooney, 55, staying down to Earth has been easy because he didn t catapult to stardom until 1994 when he joined NBC’s E.R..
“I was lucky because real fame happened when I was 33,” says Clooney. “I lived a normal life for a lot longer than I haven t been living one.”
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Watching his aunt Rosemary Clooney, a singer and actress, struggle with addiction while in the spotlight also impacted him. “She went through a really horrible time her first run at it [ fame ]. I got to see how damaging that was,” he says.
“For each of us, the measure of our work isn t the measure of who we are,” Roberts, a longtime friend of Clooney’s, says. “We have super cool jobs, but we re all going about our lives in the fashion that most people do: With integrity and kindness and, hopefully, a certain amount of privacy.”
“I have a remarkable person who I share my life with, and he has a very clear set of principles of what life should be about,” says Roberts. “That creates the greatest balance for me being able to focus on family life.”
Money Monster is in theaters now.