George Clooney On Why He And Amal Didn't Choose 'Weird-Ass' Names For Twins Ella And Alexander

Ata Owaji Victor
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Photo credit: Dia Dipasupil - Getty Images


George Clooney has explained why he and Amal Clooney chose not to give their twins 'weird-ass' names, noting that his fame alone makes life 'hard' enough for his children.

In a recent interview for AARP The Magazine, the actor discussed the reason behind his three-year-old twins' - Ella and Alexander - rather traditional names, seemingly making a nod to some parents in Hollywood opting to give their offspring unusual monikers in recent years.

'I didn't want, like, weird-ass names for our kids,' he told the news outlet. 'They're already going to have enough trouble. It's hard being the son of somebody famous and successful.'

'I have an advantage because I’m so much older that by the time my son would feel competitive, I’ll literally be gumming bread,' he later added.

In response to a question about the possibilities of his children taking to social media 'to floss about their luck', the actor noted: 'We'll just make fun of it enough that it will be embarrassing.'

Clooney married his wife, who is a world-renowned international law and human rights lawyer, in 2014 during a ceremony in Lake Como, Italy. The pair welcomed their twins in 2017.

Elsewhere in the interview, the Ocean's Eleven star revealed he's been keeping in contact with friends and loved ones with handwritten letters during lockdown.

'Even in lockdown, I'll write a letter and slip it on her desk, or she'll write a letter and leave it under the pillow,' he noted of writing his wife letters.

Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

'I'm a big believer in letters. I have letters from Paul Newman, Walter Cronkite, Gregory Peck. I have them framed. I put them in the house. If it were a text, it would feel different. Maybe that's a generational thing, and maybe it won't be that way 20 years from now, but for me, somebody sat down and wrote it,' he added.

Last year, Clooney shed light on his children's upbringing and revealed the hilarious 'faux pas' he and his wife have made.

'We did a really dumb thing,' the star explained on Jimmy Kimmel Live. 'They speak fluent Italian, I mean fluent Italian at three.

'But I don't speak Italian, my wife doesn't speak Italian. So.. it's terrible, we've armed them with a language,' Clooney explained going on to joke: 'I'll say, "go back and clean your room" and they'll say: "Eh, papa stronzo," [which an Italian colleague tells ELLE translates to 'daddy asshole' ] and I'm like, "What?"

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