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George Clooney shares daughter Ella and son Alexander, 3½, with wife Amal Clooney

By Jen Juneau
December 15, 2020 10:29 AM
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George Clooney may or may not keep a flask on hand to get through some of the harder parts of quarantining with kids.

In an interview with George Stephanopoulos that aired Tuesday on Good Morning America, the 59-year-old actor discussed his new role in The Midnight Sky and joked about how he was getting by at home as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

"How did you get through months of quarantine with toddlers in the house?" Stephanopoulos, 59, asked his guest, who shares 3½-year-old twins Ella and Alexander with wife Amal Clooney.

"Well, you know, I drink, mostly, George. I drink," joked the Casamigos co-founder, laughing. "That's how you get through it."

In seriousness, the "tough part" for Clooney is that he "can't be with my mom and dad and my sister in Kentucky," he said.

"But here at the house, I've got an amazing wife and two funny knuckleheads that make me laugh, and I get to wake up with them every morning and put them to bed every night," Clooney added.

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George and Amal Clooney
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Clooney opened up to PEOPLE earlier this month about raising his twins, explaining how his life has changed since entering fatherhood in 2017. The Oscar winner also said he's enjoying watching Ella and Alexander develop distinct personalities.

"It's funny, they're twins, but they're very different," he said, offering an example: "Ella is very shy around adults. We have a Saint Bernard puppy, Rosie, and she's like 125 lbs. of sheer energy. She got stung by a bee, and now when we walk the dog and hikers go by, Ella kind of hides her face while Alexander walks right up and says, 'Rosie got stung by a bee.' He explains it to every single person."

"You learn so much with twins because you're raising them both at the same time, born the same day, but you realize how little it has to do with you," Clooney continued. "They were the person they were going to be when they were born."

"Now all your hope is to just kind of guide them along in the right direction," he added.

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During a recent interview with The Guardian, Clooney shared that his kids have "learned how to get going fast" on their bicycles, but "haven't learned to use their brakes yet."

The O Brother, Where Art Thou? actor later explained that he consciously allows Alexander and Ella to make mistakes so that they have opportunities to grow on their own.

"Put it this way: The idea of them falling is not my favorite thing. And I try to give 'em enough room to make their mistakes," said Clooney, later adding that one day, "I hope I will be at a place where I can say, 'All right. Make your mistakes.' "

"There's a lot of things you try not to do that your own parents did. Not because your parents were bad parents, but because you can see the way it has affected you. … You're trying to break the chain, man," he said.

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