George Clooney reveals he’s in ‘trouble’ with wife Amal as she watches old episodes of him in ER

The actor has revealed his wife is not happy about his on-screen character being a ladies man

George Clooney in 'trouble', Amal Clooney and George Clooney attend the "Catch 22" UK premiere on May 15, 2019 in London, United Kingdom
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George Clooney has revealed he's in 'trouble' with his wife Amal after she has been watching old episodes of American drama series ER.

George, 59, starred in the show as Doug Ross, the hospital's resident ladies man and pediatrician, from 1994 to 1999.

But his on-screen character is actually getting him into 'trouble' with his real-life wife Amal Clooney, who has been watching re-runs of the iconic show. Speaking on the Smartless podcast, with hosts Sean Hayes, Jason Bateman and Will Arnett, George – who most recently starred in The Midnight Sky – confessed, "My wife is watching them now, and it's getting me in a lot of trouble because I'd forgotten all of the terrible things [his character Doug Ross] was doing picking up on women." 

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Doug was portrayed as a womanizer, who has dated and left many women throughout the course of the show. But his womanizing days come to an abrupt end after a one-night stand with an epileptic woman, who hides her condition and later dies in the ER. 

Doug never even knew her name until after she dies, after which Doug stops dating for a while until he gets back together with Carol Hathaway, the head nurse of the ER at County. Having pursued her constantly when she was trying to move on with her life after their horrible break-up, they start dating again.

And while women all over the world were falling head over heels for the Oscar-winning actor as he wore his blue medical scrubs, Amal wasn't spellbound by his on-screen persona. George added, "Yeah, that's not my wife."

And even off-screen, George was considered a ladies man, until he met Amal, 43, which changed everything for him. At the time he admitted, "She was brilliant and funny and beautiful and kind. I was sort of swept off my feet. We got engaged after a few months and got married within the first year that we met. It surprised me more than probably anybody else in the world – and everybody else was pretty surprised." 

George Clooney greets Julianne Margolis (ER Days revisited) at the after party of the private screening of "Leatherheads" held in the Museum Of Modern Art with a dinner party following at the "21 Club"

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George has been keeping the romance alive with his wife Amal in lockdown but he revealed last month he revealed she would kill him if he ever cut their daughter's hair.

And George previously told CBS Sunday Morning how settling down with Amal shifted his priority.

"There is no question that having Amal in my life changed everything for me. No question. It was the first time that everything that she did and everything about her was infinitely more important than anything about me."

Still from the television series, "E.R.," c. 1994. Foreground (L-R): Eriq La Salle, Anthony Edwards and Sherry Stringfield. Back row (L-R): Noah Wyle, George Clooney and Julianna Margulies

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Selina Maycock
Selina Maycock

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life.

Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. Having spent the start of her career working on local newspapers and online, Selina spent six years as Acting News Editor and Entertainment Reporter at the Scunthorpe Telegraph where she dug into hard news stories, conducted interviews, covered court reporting, features, and entertainment, whilst going to gigs in her spare time.

Whilst at the paper she was awarded an O2 Media Judges' Special Award for helping a terminally ill cancer sufferer realise his dying wish and marry his childhood sweetheart through a successful newspaper campaign. Things like this are close to her heart when it comes to using journalism to make a positive difference in people's lives.

Selina later branched further into all things celebrity to became a Showbiz Writer at Heat magazine, covering red carpet events, showbiz parties, and various launches before going freelance for two years. One of her biggest celebrity achievements - aside from generating celebrity exclusives - was interviewing Take That (including Robbie Williams) and bumping into Simon Cowell so much at events she told him 'I'm calling you my showbiz dad!'

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