Celebrity Parents George Clooney Opens Up About the 'Very Emotional' Moment He and Wife Amal Decided to Have Kids George and Amal Clooney share 4-year-old twins Ella and Alexander By Georgia Slater Georgia Slater Twitter Georgia Slater is a writer/reporter on the Parents team at PEOPLE. People Editorial Guidelines Published on November 15, 2021 04:15 PM Share Tweet Pin Email George Clooney loves his role as a dad to twins despite his early hesitations about becoming a parent. The actor, 60, recently caught up with Marc Maron on the WTF with Marc Maron podcast and recalled the day he found out he and wife Amal were expecting twins. "Listen, 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. Then I knew from the minute I met her that everything was going to be different," he begins. "I didn't know I'd have twins," he says. "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,' " he recalled. "And then they said, 'And the other one is the girl' and I was like, 'Oh s—t.' " For more on George Clooney and other top stories, listen below to our daily podcast on PEOPLE Every Day. "[Amal's] sister has twins and I was gobsmacked because... I was kind of up for one. … I love it now," he says of being a dad to 4-year-old twins Ella and Alexander. "And thank God they have each other during the pandemic." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage George Clooney Spent the Pandemic Teaching Pranks to His 4-Year-Old Twins: 'Can Really Pay Off' The Ocean's Eleven star also spoke about when he and Amal first discussed having kids together. "So we've been married for about a year and 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.' " Karwai Tang/WireImage The actor said he "thought about it for maybe a minute" and didn't think either of them had "made a decision" about kids at the time. "And then I just said, 'Well, I mean, if you're in' and she said, 'I think we should try.' 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," he added. Elsewhere in the interview, Clooney shared the one thing that he wants to instill in his children. "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, recalling his own childhood when his mother made his clothes and when his family moved around due to his father's jobs. "I learned to be scrappy because of that. You can put me in any situation, I can survive," Clooney said. "I can survive anything. I had to make sure that that's something that our kids get. That's important to me."