EXCLUSIVE: George Clooney Jokes About Second Anniversary to Wife Amal: 'And They Said It Wouldn't Last'
By Lynda Brendish
George Clooney dished to ET's Carly Steel about his recent anniversary with wife Amal and how proud he is of the ISIS-battling lawyer while on the red carpet at the Motion Picture Television Fund's 'Night Under the Stars' benefit in Los Angeles on Saturday night.
The Oscar winner hosted, who was hosting the evening's festivities, reacted to reaching the two-year mark with his trademark deprecating humor. "And they said it wouldn't last," George joked of his and Amal's marriage, adding, "Ah, we proved them wrong!"
The glamorous couple had what sounds like a quiet night to celebrate the occasion. "We mostly drank," he kidded, adding more seriously, "I made dinner and we had a very romantic second anniversary. Very civilized."
The 55-year-old actor was vocal about his wife's job as a human rights lawyer. Amal is currently making the case to world leaders to take ISIS to court for genocide, and the Ocean's 11 star couldn't help but boast about her work.
"Of course I'm proud of her. Yeah, it comes with risk," he said, mentioning Amal's representation of a Yazidi woman, Nadia, who was sold as a slave to the terrorist organization. "You spend an afternoon with that young woman [Nadia], there's no way you couldn't stand up for her. She's so brave. She's the one who's the bravest because she's in the most dangerous [situation]. I think Amal's decision to [represent her] was, of course, heroic."
Meanwhile, backstage, an eyewitness said George and his wife were cute and affectionate together while drinking Casamigos tequila, the brand that the actor co-founded with Rande Gerber.
On the topic of Clooney's good friend Brad Pitt, however, the actor kept mum. "I don't know," he said when asked how Pitt is doing after his split from Angelina Jolie. "I haven't talked to him."
The MPTF's fundraiser is an annual event for the foundation, which provides elder care and financial assistance for those in the entertainment industry. Clooney, who sits on the MPTF Board, also spoke about his reasons for supporting the event.
"I think what gets lost a lot is the people that think Hollywood is just everyone actually succeeding and making a lot of money," he said. "In reality, it's a business where people struggled and most of the people have a very difficult time just making ends meet. So, the fact that this is here for them is something that we all feel responsible for."