Many celebrities have concerns about privacy and security, but they’re probably not on the same level as George Clooney’s. The actor, who is married to international law and human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, fears for his family’s safety because of his wife’s work.
“My wife is taking the first case against ISIS to court, so we have plenty of issues — real, proper security issues — that we have to deal with on a fairly daily basis,” he told The Hollywood Reporter’s “Awards Chatter” podcast. “We don’t really want our kids to be targets, so we have to pay attention to that. But, you know, we also live our lives. We don’t hide in corners.”
“My wife and I wanted to walk our kids in Central Park, and that’s not possible,” he explained. “We tried, but we walk out the door and everybody surrounds them. And there’s a bounty on my kids’ head for a photo, so that’s something we are very conscious of. Everything changes when you have two kids on how you have to protect them.”
Besides not being able to enjoy something as simple as public parks with his children, the actor, who will be starring in Hulu’s Catch-22, says he misses some of the everyday outings for himself, too.
“There are things I miss, because the kind of fame that hit me [with medical drama E.R.] was a very different kind of fame than movie stars’,” he told the podcast. “I was in 40 million people’s bedrooms, and they could make you talk or not talk with a remote, so they knew me personally.”
“It’s the kind where going to a ballgame and sitting out with the gang isn’t really possible,” he added. “It’s too distracting for everybody else, and not necessarily fun for me.”
But despite the heightened security concerns due to his level of fame and his wife’s work, Clooney appreciates everything that he has. “I have a pretty good life, right?” he admitted. “I have a beautiful wife and two two beautiful kids, and I get to work on things I want to work on, and, I have to say, most people don’t get to do that.”