George Clooney explains how he and Amal chose their babies’ names

George and Amal Clooney

Hot on the heels of Jay-Z’s Sir-Rumi twin baby name explain, George Clooney has elaborated a little on why he and wife Amal chose Alexander and Ella for their tots.

Three months old

Amal gave birth to twins three months ago and George says that the babies were keen to live their best lives from the second they emerged.

“They start out with a personality right off the bat,” George said in a recent interview with ET. “[Alexander] is a thug already,” the new dad said. 

His buddy, Matt Damon, who was also chatting to ET about their upcoming movie together, Suburbicon, was then called on for confirmation.

“You saw him. He’s a moose! Literally, he just sits and he eats,” George said, urging his mate to chime in. Luckily, Matt was keen to confirm George’s character synopsis of the Clooney baby boy.

“He looks like he could bounce right now, some place in Hollywood,” Matt said.

“Like, checking IDs on the way into the nursery,” George quipped.

Keeping it classic

Surprisingly keen to reinforce gender stereotypes and external beauty from the absolute get-go, Mr Clooney explained that his new daughter was the polar opposite of his baby son.

“She’s very elegant, and all eyes,” George said of baby Ella. “She looks like Amal, thank god.”

We’re not sure how babies can be elegant, but who are we to argue with a doting first-time dad?! (We suspect new mum Amal would have a much more eloquent explanation of the twins and their names.)

“Normal” names

George said when choosing names, they focused on those that seemed “normal” and were fuss-free. He said he and Amal weren’t inspired by anyone in particular, but rather chose classic names that would be easy for the kids to deal with, considering they’re facing a complicated life.

“We figured these kids are going to be looked at a lot and watched and [have their] every move sort of judged, and we wanted them to at least have a break with the names. We looked for some sort of normal names. We didn’t have any great inspiration. It wasn’t Alexander the Great and Ella Fitzgerald.”

“Everything changes”

The dad-of-two had some thoughts on how everything changes in a split-second, when you become a parent.

“I suppose [the realest moment is] just the minute they came out. None of it is real until all of a sudden they’re standing there covered in slime and crying. You’re like, wait a minute, what is that? We were just two and now we’re four. Everything changes pretty quickly.”

Truer words were never said!

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