"I really do enjoy teaching my children to do things that shock their mother."
The celebrated actor-director has a long history of pranking his famous friends and co-stars.
Now, it appears he's passing the prank torch to his twins, Alexander and Ella.
"My whole job, really, is to teach them really terrible things," he said. "I really do enjoy teaching my children to do things that shock their mother."
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One common prank in the Clooney house involves Nutella. George taught the twins to smear the hazelnut spread in their diapers or on their legs.
When mom Amal sees the mess, she assumes it's a diaper explosion and switches into mom mode.
"(Amal) goes, 'OK, wait! Don't move!'" Clooney said, describing his wife's panic at the sight of the brown mess. "And then they take it, and they eat it."
Clooney married his wife Amal, an international human rights attorney, in 2014. Alexander and Ella were born in 2017.
The actor says he didn't realize how much he was missing in life until his wife and children arrived.
"There are some people, their goal was, 'I have to have children,'" Clooney said. "Mine wasn't. I wasn't looking at life, going, 'My life will be unfulfilled without children.' I felt like I had a pretty full life. Then I met Amal and realized that my life had been pretty empty. And then when you throw these two kids in there, then suddenly you realize how incredibly empty it was."
With a family, "it fills it all up, it makes it fun."
That definitely resonates with us. There's no correct path to becoming a parent. Some people know from a young age that they want to have children. Others don't. Some people focus on building their professional lives before trying for children. Others don't.
There's no "right" way or time to have a family. It's just about what's best for you and your loved ones.
Clooney says he wouldn't change a thing about his path to parenthood—because it all started with Amal.
"I found the right person to have them with," he said.
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