February 16, 2019

George Clooney: I’m ‘lucky’ to have found fame late

Amal and George Clooney

George Clooney feels “lucky” that he didn’t become famous until he was 33.

The ‘Monuments Men’ star shot to fame when he starred in ‘E.R.’ in 1994 and admits he is glad to have not gone through the same struggles as his aunt Rosemary Clooney, who suffered from a drug addiction.

Speaking to Jess Cagle in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine, he said: “I was lucky because real fame happened when I was 33. I lived a normal life for a lot longer than I haven’t been living one …

“She went through a really horrible time her first run at fame. I got to see how damaging that was.”

Meanwhile, the 55-year-old actor – who wed human rights lawyer Amal Clooney in 2014 – previously admitted he feels “suffocated” by fame.

He shared: “Fame has an interesting element to it but if you tend to be followed round by a camera then you can feel suffocated at times. I thought it might be effective if I went to those places and got those cameras to follow me and try and amplify these stories of people who were doing such hard work, such dangerous work …

“I was lucky to be born where I was … It was lucky – luck is genetic and time and place. That luck needs to be spread. There is an awful lot the world needs, not a handout but a hand-up.”

And when he’s not in front of the camera, George loves to mow his lawn at his home in Berkshire, England and previously revealed Amal, 38, bought him a lawnmower for a birthday present.

He said: “We have a beautiful front lawn at our house in England and I used to mow lawns when I was a kid.

“So she bought me this giant riding lawn mower that is sitting at the house right now and I’m very excited about putting that to work when I’m home.”

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