How George Clooney Really Feels About Fatherhood After 50

The actor and his wife are expecting twins—and here's how the formerly notorious bachelor is gearing up for his new role.

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When it comes to starting a family, everyone is on a different timeline. While some of us are ready for parenthood before we hit age 20 or ahead of marriage, others don't feel prepared till much later in life. Case in point? George Clooney, who is set to become a first-time father at age 56. 

George and his wife, Amal Clooneyare expecting twins—and while it's pretty much impossible to head into that experience without a little bit of trepidation, the actor is "really excited" to expand his family.

George opened up about their big news during an appearance on “Rencontres de Cinema.” George referenced French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo, who welcomed a child at age 70, and said this precedence makes him feel a bit better about starting his own family in his fifties.  

If you've wondered how the couple broke the news of their pregnancy—and how their closest friends reacted to the surprising reveal—here's a tidbit: "My favorite part is, you know, all my friends who are my age, and I have many of them, they're already done. Their kids are all grown up and away to college and they are laughing," George said. "We went out to dinner the other night, and it's a table of eight guys and all their kids are away in college, and we are sitting there and they were all being very supportive, 'Everything is going to be great, you're going to love it...Then it got really quiet, and they all just started making baby crying noises and the whole table just busted up laughing."

Can you relate to what George said? Couples are opting to start having kids later in life; conventional ideas about the "right" time to start a family have changed pretty dramatically. Props to George and Amal for being real about the experience of becoming parents later in life. Right now is clearly the right time for the famous couple—and that's all that matters.