More babies unlikely for George and Amal Clooney
After welcoming twins earlier this year and mastering the art of changing diapers, George Clooney and wife Amal, a human rights lawyer, are not looking to expand their brood further.
Clooney, 56, spoke candidly in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, published on Wednesday, about becoming "a very good diaper guy" and the pressures of being a first-time father to twins Alexander and Ella, born in June in London.
When Amal Clooney was asked if she wanted to have more children, the reporter said, her response was a negative shake of the head.
"I'm 39," Amal Clooney said. "I already had them quite late."
The twins have been the subject of much speculation and the Clooneys, one of Hollywood's most famous couples, kept a low profile before their birth.
"The first thing you think is, 'I hope I don't screw this up'," Clooney said of fatherhood.
"But you are really responsible for two kids. I want them to be happy. I want them to have a sense of humour. I want them to be interested in things. I want them to be compassionate about other people's plights. Because that's the thing, you know? You have to have some sort of empathy."
Clooney also said the couple thought carefully about choosing names, saying they didn't want the twins "to have really dumb names", especially since they will be growing up in the spotlight.
"We figured these kids are going to be looked at a lot and watched and every move sort of judged," he said, speaking to Entertainment Tonight.
"We wanted them to at least have a break with the names. So we looked for some sort of normal names. We didn't have any great inspiration. It wasn't Alexander the Great and Ella Fitzgerald."
Saying that fatherhood had made him "much older", Clooney gushed about Amal, describing his wife as being "like an olympic athlete".
"You've got two kids," he said. "You're breastfeeding like crazy."
But while he may not be doing parenthood at an olympic level like his wife, there's one aspect Clooney's got down pat. "I'm very good at diaper changing," he said.
The father-of-two also shared the "realest" moment of parenthood thus far.
"I suppose just the minute they came out," he said. "None of it is real until all of a sudden they're standing there covered in slime and crying. You're like, wait a minute, what is that? We were just two and now we're four."
"Everything changes pretty quickly."
- Reuters, Essentialbaby.com.au