In every movie ever about parents expecting twins, there's always the inevitable scene in which the doctor reveals one heartbeat, and then—surprise!—another heartbeat to a set of shocked parents. In the case of Amal and George Clooney, life imitated art almost identically when they found out they were having twins.
In a candid, at-home interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Clooney opened up about the couple's decision to start a family, and what it was like when they found out they'd be growing their brood to twice the size of what they'd expected.
“[The doctor] goes, ‘Well, there’s one.’ And I said, ‘Great.’ And then he goes, ‘And there’s the second one.’ And I was like, ‘What?’ We just sat there, staring at that piece of paper they give you, and I kept thinking there was a mistake," he tells THR. Considering the couple welcomed two new Clooneys, Alexander and Ella, earlier this year, it's clear there was no mistake.
“[Parenthood] had never been part of my DNA,” Clooney says in the interview. “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.” (Turns out though, George is a self-proclaimed "diaper guy.")
But shortly after their 2014 wedding in Venice, Italy, they decided to start a family for the most inspiring reason. “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.”
Despite the fact that he wasn't always sure about wanting to have children, Clooney makes it clear in the interview that there was one thing in his life he was sure about: Amal. The beginning of their relationship was an around-the-world whirlwind, filled with date-cations from London to Cabo to a giraffe hotel in Kenya, and after six weeks he knew she was The One. "I had a picture of her, looking back, smiling at these giraffes, and I said, 'I think I'm going to ask her to marry me,'" he recalls.
He began planning his proposal in February 2014, and never mentioned a word of it to his then-girlfriend. Then, on April 28 of the same year, he made them a romantic dinner and set his plan into action. "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," he told THR.
"I was waiting for this song, 'Why Shouldn't I?' '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 shit!' 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."
Of course, she said yes, and the story—as they say—is literally Hollywood history.
"It changes you in every way; that every person who's fallen madly in love changes," the movie star adds. "I'm sorry I was 50-something when it happened, but only because I could have spent even more time with her."