April, 28, 2014 was the night George Clooney asked Amal Alamuddin to be his forever. The couple, in the comfort of Clooney’s home, was enjoying yet another date night when the actor’s plan of two months was set into motion.
“I’m the cook in the family,” Clooney told The Hollywood Reporter in its new cover story. “Believe me, Amal makes reservations. I did pasta of some form, not that impressive. And then over champagne, after dinner, I told her there was a lighter to light the candle in the drawer, and she reached back and pulled out a ring. And I did all the stuff, got down on my knee and did all the things you’re supposed to do.”
His then-girlfriend was so stunned that she couldn’t even speak. “I had a playlist with my Rosemary songs on it [his late aunt was the singer Rosemary Clooney], and I was waiting for this song, ‘Why Shouldn’t I?’” the actor continued. The lyrics include: “Why shouldn’t I take a chance when romance passes by? / Why shouldn’t I know of love?”
“It’s a really good song about why can’t I be in love? And it played, and she’s like, ‘Holy s**t!’” Clooney continued. “And she just kept staring at the ring, going, ‘Oh, my God.’ It was 20 minutes of me on my knee, waiting for her to say yes, because she was so shocked. She only said yes when ‘Goody, Goody’ came on, which isn’t very romantic — it’s kind of mean: ‘So you met someone who set you back on your heels, goody, goody.’”
Prior to Amal’s response, Clooney wasn’t certain about whether she would say yes. “It was a full-on leap of faith. She was in England, coming back [to Los Angeles], and she’d had a conversation with her parents, who were like, ‘What are George’s intentions?’ And she was saying, ‘Take it easy. We’ve been going out for six months.’ And then she showed up,” Clooney noted. “My only doubt was if she thought maybe it was too soon. But there was no doubt that we were the right couple and that we were the right team. And we were a team from right off the bat. Immediately, we felt we were just happy, and we have been happy ever since.”
Of course, the human rights lawyer said yes. The couple married in Venice in September 2014, five months after the proposal. They welcomed their twins, Ella and Alexander, this past June.
“It changes you in every way that every person who’s fallen madly in love changes,” he said. “Suddenly, the other person’s life becomes more important than your own. That’s not unique to us; that’s [unique to] all people who are lucky enough to find the perfect partner. I’m sorry I was 50-something when it happened, but only because I could have spent even more time with her.”