Amal Clooney and Meryl Streep have something in common when it comes to George Clooney.
Amal received the 2020 Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award at CPJ’s International Press Freedom Awards on Thursday. After the Oscar-winning actress virtually gave the honor to the human rights attorney, Amal thanked Meryl for her kind words before talking about her relationship with Amal’s husband.
“You are an inspiration as a woman, as an artist, as a defender of press freedom,” Amal said. “I know I can’t hope to win the amount of awards you’ve won, but it occurs to me that we have something special in common, and that is that we have both been married to my husband.”
“And honestly, the fact that you did it as Mr. and Mrs. Fantastic Fox makes it a lot less awkward,” he joked.
Meryl and George voiced characters in Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated film Fantastic Mr. Fox in 2009. The film was created before the actor met his now wife.
George and Amal met in 2013 and got engaged in April 2014. They would become husband and wife, and tied the knot in a stunning Italian wedding in September. In July 2017, the beautiful couple welcomed twins Ella and Alexander.
In a recent GQ On the cover, George talked about his love for Amal, saying that when they met, he thought her life was “full.”
“I didn’t know how empty I was until I met Amal. And then everything changed,” he said. “And I was like, ‘Oh, actually, this has been a big empty space.’
He added that marriage has changed him. “I’ve never been in the position where someone else’s life was infinitely more important to me than my own,” George admitted. “You know? And then add two more individuals, who are small and have to be fed …”
See more about the couple in the video below.