George Clooney Shares His Concerns Over Son's Asthma During Coronavirus Pandemic

In a new interview with The Guardian, George Clooney explained why he’s being extra careful during the coronavirus pandemic. Plus, find out what his kids may be allowed to watch.

By Mike Vulpo Dec 14, 2020 7:35 PMTags
Watch: George Clooney Worries About Son's Asthma Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

Like so many fathers, George Clooney wants to protect his children.

As COVID-19 continues to impact Americans across the country and those around the world, the 59-year-old actor and his wife Amal Clooney, 42, are staying put in Los Angeles as they raise their three-year-old twins Ella and Alexander.

"This has been a crappy year for everyone," he admitted to The Guardian. "Started badly and ran badly all year long, until recently…But I'm very lucky. I ended up having a successful career. I wound up living in a home with some space in it. We can walk around outside."

As for why he hasn't left his home much since March, George said he wants his children to be safe. "My son has asthma," he shared with the publication. "They say it's not so bad on young people. But do we know that? We don't know anything about the longterm of this yet."

For some parents, quarantine has provided a chance to stream new shows, watch movies and maybe even play some games on the small screen.

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But as George prepares for the release of his new film The Midnight Sky on Netflix later this month, his kids likely won't be watching any flicks starring dad.

"Maybe One Fine Day?" he suggested referencing his 1996 rom-com. "Though I do kiss Michelle Pfeiffer, so the twins would be, like, ‘Eeeeeeergh! Bluuuurgh!' I think some of the Coen Brothers movies I could get away with showing them. Well–maybe not that one where I'm building a sex machine in the basement." For those who didn't already guess, that would be Burn After Reading.

For now, George's twins are much more interested in riding bikes and being normal kids. And if dad has anything to do with it, 2021 will be a much better year for Americans of all ages.

"It's been a crappy year," George confessed. "It has. But we're gonna get through it. I believe that with my whole heart. If I didn't believe that I don't know how we'd raise kids in this world. We're gonna get through these things and my hope and my belief is that we will come out better."

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