May 19, 2016 10:00 AM

Sure, he’s a suave, erudite, none-too-hard-on-the-eyes movie star, but would you let George Clooney babysit your kids?

It’s a tough question, even for Julia Roberts, and she’s been best pals with the guy for 15 years.

“We met on Ocean’s, and we had never actually met before. People just thought we had,” explains Clooney of making Roberts’ acquaintance.

She picks up the story: “He and [director Steven Soderbergh] called me to a little meeting, I think to see if they liked me.”

“No, to see if you wanted to do it,” counters Clooney. “The funniest thing was it was one of those moments where we all sat around and we didn’t talk about the movie. We sat on the floor in the kitchen in the hotel room and we didn’t do anything except just talk for two hours.”

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The two became fast friends after that, with Roberts visiting Clooney at his villa in Lake Como.

“She stayed at my house in Italy when she was first pregnant,” he recalls. “She brought all those monsters (twins Phinnaeus and Hazel, 11, and Henry, 8) back to the house when they were actual human beings and we’ve had a blast with them.”

So since Clooney is practically Uncle George at this point, will Roberts let him babysit? “It would depend on how much time I was gone,” she says, perhaps only half jokingly.

“We’ve just stitched our lives together,” she adds in earnest. “All these people that come into our lives — my husband, my children, his wife — we just keep stitching our lives closer together.”

— Alynda Wheat

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