George Clooney spoke of his admiration for his wife, Amal Clooney, Thursday night at the inaugural Albie Awards, hosted by the Clooney Foundation for Justice.
The actor and his human rights lawyer wife stepped out together at the New York Public Library, where he said how much he enjoyed working with Amal to create the event.
“Well we collaborate on everything. We collaborated on twins!” Clooney told PEOPLE. “But you know, this is exciting because Amal has brought journalists out of Egypt, Azerbaijan, prisons, all over the world, Myanmar. My father is a journalist. I have a great affinity for them: her mother she’s a journalist. So it’s very exciting for me when she’s able to get people who are wrongly accused to do her job. [of prison]. So for me, it’s that I couldn’t be more proud of my wife.”
The Albie Awards, created by the celebrity couple, are named after South African Justice Albie Sachs and honor champions of justice. The event was attended by celebrity guests including Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Dua Lipa and Bruce Springsteen.
Sachs also received a lifetime achievement award for his commitment to ending apartheid in South Africa.
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Earlier in the week, George admitted that he and Amal regretted their 5-year-old twins, Alexander and Ella, learning a foreign language.
During an appearance Wednesday on “CBS Mornings,” host Gayle King asked the couple what they loved about their children, adding that “five-year-olds are very talkative.”
“We’ve made a terrible mistake,” said George. “We taught them Italian.”
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George and Amal got married in 2014 and welcomed their children in 2017.
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