In a recent interview with CBS’ Charlie Rose, George Clooney revealed that his proposal to Amal Alamuddin was a total surprise for the bride-to-be.
The 54-year-old actor said: “When I asked her, we had never talked about it, so it was all – there wasn’t like a, <<Maybe we should get married>>.
“Literally, I dropped it on her.”
He also revealed he had a little help popping the question from his late aunt, legendary singer Rosemary Clooney.
“I was at my home and I queued up a playlist of some of my aunt Rosemary’s songs and I asked, and she just kept saying, <<Oh my God>> and <<Wow>> – completely unexpected,” George Clooney said.
“And you know, I just said, I’m 53 at the time … <<I’ve been on my knee now for 28 minutes so I gotta get an answer out of this ’cause I’m gonna throw a hip out. I might not be able to stand back up>>.”
George Clooney married the 37-year-old human rights lawyer in September 2014 in Venice, Italy.
Amal Clooney has had talks with Greek PM Antonis Samaras as part of a campaign to return the Parthenon sculptures from Britain.
Greece has hired Amal Clooney’s London law firm to ramp up its claim to the sculptures.
The 5th Century BC treasures, known as the Elgin Marbles in the UK, are kept in the British Museum in London.
Fellow lawyer Norman Palmer said he hoped a “conciliatory and amicable resolution” could be found.
“If it cannot, then other considerations will have to be examined,” he added.
The marbles – depicting gods, men and monsters – were removed from the Parthenon in Athens in 1811 by Lord Elgin, the British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, which controlled Greece at the time.
Amal Clooney has had talks with Greek PM Antonis Samaras as part of a campaign to return the Parthenon sculptures from Britain (photo AFP)
George Clooney’s new wife and her colleagues from Doughty Street Chambers in London were visiting the Parthenon on October 15 after taking part in a news conference with Culture Minister Costas Tassoulas.
Costas Tassoulas told reporters his country was campaigning to have the marbles returned in the name of Greece but also “in the name of world heritage”.
Greece maintains the marbles were illegally removed and should be returned for display in a new Athens museum.
However, the British Museum and British government reject the argument.
A leading Oxford expert on classical archaeology, John Boardman, recently warned that such a move would set an “appalling precedent” for the British Museum and museums like it.
Correspondents say the hiring of Amal Clooney will raise the profile of the Greek campaign.
George Clooney’s new wife, Amal Alamuddin, has professionally changed her last name to Clooney.
Her London law firm’s website, Doughty Street Chambers, now shows a stunning photo of the newlywed and her bio reads “Amal Clooney”.
The 36-year-old human rights lawyer and George Clooney married in a lavish ceremony in Venice, Italy, over the weekend of September 27 at the seven-star Amana Canal Grande hotel.
On Doughty Street Chambers’ website now Amal Alamuddin’s bio reads Amal Clooney (photo Doughty Street Chambers)
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin exchanged vows in front A-lists guests including Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Bill Murray, Cindy Crawford and more.
Nine days after becoming husband and wife, George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin closed a deal on a dream home, The Mill House, which is a 17th-century manor on the River Thames in the British countryside.