In a rare, heartwarming speech about her husband, George Clooney, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney gave an insight into the private lives of the Hollywood power couple. Amal, 40, raised a toast to George, who received the Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute, and acknowledged that she had agreed to speak publicly about her husband for the first time.
According to reports, she started her address by outlining "a few things you may not know about George." Amal said the actor is a "gentleman" in the truest sense of the word and how he "refused to wear a warm winter jacket unless every actor got the same one even though it was 40 degrees below zero" while shooting for "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" in Montreal. The actor balances this charming quality with his quirks as a prankster - his co-star Matt Damon would know.
She praised George for his generosity. "He is generous with his time. He finds out about people who have suffered the same health issues as him and he writes to give them advice. He helps young people pursue their passion for film. He'll visit an elderly lady at our local nursing home as he thinks it will make her day," she said.
Referencing the famous story of the actor, 57, giving his "boys" a huge cash present, Amal said, "He must surely be the only person in the world to invite his 13 closest friends to dinner one night and give them a suitcase filled with USD 1 million in cash.
Another thing, she highlighted in 'George the person's character' is his commitment to "good fights", whether it comes to "exposing corruption in Sudan", his stand against Iraq War, gun control to being UN messenger of peace.
Amal also went on to reveal that five years ago before she met the actor she had "become quite resigned to the idea that I was going to be a spinster." She said that from those early days hiding from the press in her London flat she knew she "would never want to be with anyone else."
She spoke of how George "is the person who has my complete admiration and also the person whose smile makes me melt every time".
It was a teary-eyed moment for the actor who looked on when she added, "My love, what I have found with you is the great love I always hoped existed. And seeing you with our children, Ella and Alexander, is the greatest joy in my life."
Amal concluded she hopes their twins (one-year-old) would go on to take pride in not only in their father's accomplishments but also who he is as a person.
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