George and Amal Clooney celebrated their one-year anniversary on Sunday, which, as we know, they celebrated not by chartering a private yacht to take them to an island you’ve never heard of with Brangelina, unfortunately, but instead with a decidedly low-key dinner in West Hollywood. George was quizzed about the celebration at Lincoln Center on Tuesday night, where he was attending a 15th-anniversary screening of his O Brother, Where Art Tho?, and he was surprisingly forthcoming about his dinner with Amal, a high-profile human rights lawyer (if you don’t know that that’s her profession at this point, this must be your first time on VanityFair.com—hello!).
“It was great,” he said. “We had dinner . . . that was fun.” (We promise, it’s going to get more forthcoming.)
“Amal picked the spot,” he said, of their night at the Sunset Tower Hotel’s Tower Bar. “I’m a creature of habit, so I might want to go down the street to the same sushi bar that I could eat at four nights a week. . . . She’s like, ‘No, that’s not going to happen—not for the anniversary! We’re not going to do that!’”
Yes, it would seem that George and Amal’s day-to-day life is more similar to a CBS sitcom than you might imagine.
But the George Clooney quote that is going to get the most traction is the following one, in which he, jokingly, in that wry George Clooney, winking-as-he-slaps-you-on-the-back way, calls himself an idiot.
“I’m an idiot,” he said, in reference to his getting cast for the role he did in the Coen brothers film. “Oftentimes, I feel like an idiot talking to my own wife,” he went on. “It’s never good!”
Amal is, if we had to guess, going to respond to this, as she does to all George “jokes,” by shaking her head slightly and grinning almost imperceptibly, like a mother whose son has just knocked over a sand castle.