Amal Clooney Jokes She and Meryl Streep Have A Special Bond After Both Being Married to George Clooney

content-header__row content-header__hed” data-testid=”ContentHeaderHed”>Amal Clooney Jokes She and Meryl Streep Have A Special Bond After Both Being Married to George ClooneyBut don't worry, it's not awkward.

November 20, 2020

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It might not seem like human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and legendary actress Meryl Streep would have a whole lot in common, but there is one thing these two women share—their husband, George Clooney.

On Thursday, Streep was tasked with presenting Amal with the 2020 Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award at the online ceremony for the DPJ International Press Freedom Awards. The lawyer was being honored for her work defending journalists and their legal rights at the United Nations last year. During her acceptance speech, Amal told Streep, “You are an inspiration as a woman, as an artist, as a press-freedom advocate.” 

She jokingly added, “I know I can't ever hope to win the number of awards that you've won, but it does occur to me that we have something special in common, which is that we've both been married to my husband. And honestly, the fact that you did it as Mr. and Mrs. Fantastic Fox just makes that so much less awkward.” Amal is of course referring to her husband's voice role opposite Streep in Wes Anderson's 2009 stop-motion animation film Fantastic Mr. Fox.

In his recent cover interview with GQ, George didn't bring up his on-screen partnership with Streep, but he did say that his marriage to Amal irrevocably changed him “because I'd never been in the position where someone else's life was infinitely more important to me than my own. You know?" Referring to his twin children, he added, "And then tack on two more individuals, who are small and have to be fed.”

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