George Clooney: “I Haven’t Met” The Love Of My Life Yet (VIDEO)
George Clooney covers the December/January edition of W, the magazine’s eighth annual arts issue. In addition to an avant garde photo spread (see right), the Oscar winner discusses the impact of art on society, depression, and — yes — his love life. “When I was a kid, I was in love with Audrey Hepburn. I watched Roman Holiday when I was 11, and I thought she was as elegant as anything I’d ever seen. And I fell madly in love with her,” confesses Clooney.
He continues, “I also always loved Grace Kelly. I mean, when she comes out of the water in To Catch a Thief, I thought, That’s the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen.” But asked about the love of his real life, Clooney replies, “I haven’t met her yet…” The actor admits he suffers from homesickness when he’s off shooting films.
“Home is where my friends and family are… I spend 8 months a year in a one bedroom hotel room in a city I probably wouldn’t vacation in,” he says, noting he relies on visits from his loved ones to get by. “I get desperately, depressingly homesick if I can’t find a way to be near the people that bring joy wherever they go. Spend a night with my parents battling over who was the rottenest child (my sister or me)… Or my friends pointing out how badly I destroyed a certain bat franchise,” he jokes.
The star, given a choice between passion, romance, or hard core sex, says he prefers “passion… that encompasses the other two,” reveals he doesn’t believe in God, and says if he could choose how to die, he wants it to simply be “before my friends.” Clooney’s next movie is The Monuments Men — a project he wrote, directed, and starred in — which recounts the Allied efforts to rescue works of art from the Nazis during World War II. “In The Monuments Men, we question whether saving art is worth a life, and I would argue that the culture of a people represents life,” says Clooney, noting, “When the Taliban destroy incredible pieces of architecture and art, or when American troops don’t protect museums in Iraq, you are seeing people losing their culture.” “And with the end of a country’s culture goes its identity. It’s a terrible loss, down to your bones,” he adds. Check out video from Clooney’s W interview below.