There’s no place like home. George Clooney didn’t technically travel far to meet the love of his life, Amal Clooney. The actor revealed to David Letterman in a new interview that the fateful introduction just happened to take place within the comfort of his own (second) home in Lake Como, Italy.
“I didn’t leave the house,” the Monuments Men director said on Netflix’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman. “A mutual friend of ours said, ‘I’m stopping by and can I bring my friend?’ And I was like, ‘Of course!’”
It was July 2013, and Clooney was still considered the “eternal bachelor” by multiple media outlets. While the international superstar didn’t think much of Amal prior to the meeting, someone on his team had a hunch that something could develop with the Lebanese-born human rights lawyer. “I got a call from my agent who said, ‘I met this woman who is coming to your house, who you’re going to marry,’” he continued. “It really worked out that way.”
Joining the group was Clooney’s parents. “The funniest thing was my mom and dad were visiting so my parents were there,” he continued. “And we just talked, we stayed up all night talking, and I got her email address, because she was going to send me some pictures of my parents. So we started writing. I didn’t know if she wanted to go out with me—I just thought we were buddies.”
Eventually, their friendship developed into a romance, and the pair married in September 2014 in a star-studded ceremony in Venice. The bride wore a custom gown by Oscar de la Renta, and the groom wore a tux by Giorgio Armani.
They are now parents to 7-month-old twins Alex and Ella. “It had never been part of my DNA,” the father of two concluded of building a family. “We didn’t plan on it. We never talked about it until after we were married, which is funny. There was an assumption that we didn’t want them. And then, after the wedding, we just felt we’d gotten very lucky, both of us, and we should share whatever good luck we’ve got. It would seem self-centered to just have that belong to us.”