If you'd ask almost any woman how long it would take her to accept a marriage proposal from George Clooney, the answer would probably be mere fractions of a second. However, it supposedly took Clooney's gorgeous wife Amal, a whole 25 minutes to say yes! What?! Turns out Clooney's proposal to Amal wasn't without a few memorable hiccups!
On his recent appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show the actor (finally!) revealed how he popped the question to his wife. And apparently one Hollywood's most aspirational marriages started with an almost-botched proposal that sounds straight out of a romantic comedy!
After just six months of meeting the civil rights attorney, the Hail, Caesar! star knew that he had found the one. However, Clooney describes the actual proposal as "one of those horrible moments." Uh, excuse us, Clooney? "I plotted the whole thing out," he explained to DeGeneres. As one would expect from the always-suave star, he pulled out all the stops when it comes to the quintessential romantic elements of a perfect proposal — from having his aunt Rosemary Clooney's song "Why Shouldn't I" softly playing in the background to cooking an elaborate homemade meal for his sweetheart.
"I had the ring hidden behind her," he said. But when the big moment finally arrived, Amal nearly missed it! "I've got it all set up, timed out, and the song is coming, and she gets up to go wash the dishes, which she's never done! And I'm like, 'What are you doing?'" remembers Clooney.
At last, Clooney had caught her attention. After blowing out a candle, he instructed his about-to-be-fiancée to light it with the box of matches sitting behind her. "She reaches around, pulls out the box, and I've got just the ring sitting in there," said Clooney. "She pulls it out and she looks at it and she's like, 'It's a ring' — like as if somebody had left it there some other time!" Too funny!
Still not quite getting it, the actor tried to help his bride along. "I'm doing all the moves you can do with my face. I got down on my knee and said, 'I couldn't imagine spending the rest of my life without you.' And she kept looking at the ring and she was looking at me and she was like, 'Oh My God.'" Finally, Amal!
"Because there was a playlist, we know how long it actually took. It was like 25 minutes!" laughs Clooney. "Finally, I literally said, 'Look, I hope the answer is yes but I need an answer. I'm 52 and I could throw out my hip pretty soon.'"
Well, good things come to those who wait!