George Clooney is like the Bill Clinton of Hollywood — he makes every person he talks to feel like his best friend. I know this because I talked to George last night at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, and we’re now best friends. Seriously, we are. I think. George, accompanied by lovely girlfriend Stacey Keibler, chatted with VH1 about his Descendants co-star Shailene Woodley, who was nominated for two awards and is poised to be the next big thing around LaLaLand. ‘I don’t care for her,” he teased. “She’s a pain in the ass.” Coming from George Clooney, that’s a compliment, right?
“She’s not just a really great actress,” said the star, who took home the Best Actor trophy. “She’s like a really normal smart young woman. I’m really impressed with her.” Awww! Spoken like a true movie dad.
Descendants director Alexander Payne had similar praise for the Secret Life of the American Teenager star when we spoke to him in November. “I didn’t have an also ran,” he said of casting her. “She just came in and knocked my socks off. My mental model had been a young Debra Winger — that look, that fire and vulnerability in her eyes. I didn’t find Debra Winger, I found this gal. She has her own version of that package of fire and vulnerability. She’s going places. And she’s nice as pie.”
Stay tuned to see if Shailene and George will take home a Golden Globe on Sunday!