George Clooney Remembers Unemployment 'Deep in His Soul'

September 23, 2011 By:
George Clooney Remembers Unemployment 'Deep in His Soul'

It's hard to imagine George Clooney as a struggling actor, making soup out of ketchup and reusing toilet paper—but he once was. Okay, maybe not the soup and toilet paper part. But you get the idea. He was broke.

"I spent a lot of time broke when I moved to California," Clooney recently told Parade magazine. "So deep in my soul is still this
idea of being unemployed."

It's gotta be really, really deep down in there though. Along with not being able to get laid.

Clooney explains his days as a poor person are what prompted him to purchase his villa in Lake Como.

"I bought it as an investment. I never liked the stock market—to me it's Vegas without any of the fun parts, the girls in bikinis. I like owning dirt….To me, owning land means you could sell it at some point and have money."

Why is it that George Clooney can say stuff like "oooh, I love girls in bikinis," and we're all "haha, you're so cool and handsome George Clooney!" And if someone like, say, Spencer Pratt says that, we're like "ugh, what a sleaze ball!"

Oh right, because George Clooney is really, really good-looking. Moving on, then. Clooney admits that he's a huge prankster. But his pals are even worse.

"My friends are rough on me, too," Clooney explained. "Brad Pitt's brutal, and Matt Damon. My friends used to change my outgoing phone message all the time. This was the old days, when you had a phone machine. They would change the message to something horrible and there was nothing I could do to change it back. That was always brilliant."

These days, we do that with Facebook. And speaking of Facebook:

"I don't tweet, I don't go on Facebook. I think there's too much information about all of us out there. I'm liking the idea of privacy more and more. There will be funny things, like I'll read something I've said about a woman somewhere. And I haven't spoken about my relationships in 15 years."

Clooney also explains that he doesn’t think he's aging as well as the rest of us think he's aging:

"I look at myself onscreen and go, 'I don't look like I did when I was 40—I know that.'"

Along with Ryan Gosling, George Clooney stars in the upcoming political flick, Ides of March. It's actually been in production for four years, but was put on hold.

"We were in preproduction on this film in 2007, before the Obama election. And then we realized that a good portion of the country was elated with what happened in that election, so we had to shelve the movie until people were cynical again."