Amal Clooney's twins' names were chosen for the most thoughtful reason, says George

Amal Clooney's hands-on parenting style, influence on her devoted husband, and why she's 'the one' revealed in George's latest interview

Amal Clooney and George Clooney seen on October 01, 2019 in New York City
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Amal Clooney's twins' names are decidedly traditional, in comparison to some more 'quirky' offerings from Hollywood A-listers. In a brand new interview, George Clooney explains why the loved-up pair bucked the trend of 'unusual' names.

It's no secret that this pair of lovebirds are total Hollywood couple goals. They're devoted to each other and their family life.  They seem very content with their (pretty fabulous) lot in life and previously, George and Amal Clooney shut down claims they're expecting a baby, four years after welcoming twins.

Undoubtedly one of Hollywood’s power couples, they tied the knot in a beautiful ceremony back in September 2014 in Venice. Since then, their love story has gone from strength to strength.

In his latest interview with the Guardian, the star explained why they chose to name their children Alexander and Ella instead of something a bit more OTT.


He said, “We talked about it from the beginning and said: ‘Their lives are going to be unusual, right? There’s no denying that. So let’s give them a head start by giving them normal names,'"

It sounds like the couple already has their hands full as the actor revealed another Hollywood stereotype they've avoided—having a gazillion nannies. 

"We don’t, because it’s so important to Amal [to be involved]," said George. "We have a nanny four days a week and the rest of the time it’s just us."

Earlier this year, the Ocean’s Eleven star spoke out about keeping the romance alive with Amal during lockdown, a time in which they went from one nanny to none at all.

"During lockdown it was just us—for a full year! I felt like my mother in 1964, doing dishes and six loads of laundry a day,” he added. 

Amal's high-profile career isn't that of your traditional Hollywood spouse. The highly educated, successful, and influential human rights lawyer balances her career, marriage, and hands-on parenting style in the most impressive way.

Her influence transcends not only her professional life but her personal life too as George reveals that he turned down an obscenely large paycheque after consulting with Amal.

"I was offered $35m for one day’s work for an airline commercial, but I talked to Amal about it and we decided it’s not worth it." He explained, It was [associated with] a country that, although it’s an ally, is questionable at times, and so I thought: ‘Well, if it takes a minute’s sleep away from me, it’s not worth it.’”

Aoife Hanna


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