"Person to Person": George Clooney

He's been called "the last movie star," "a man's man," "a woman's man" and "one of the smartest people in Hollywood." It is good to be George Clooney.

The actor just brought home a Golden Globe and is nominated for two Oscars for his work in "The Descendants" and "The Ides of March." "Person to Person" goes inside the Los Angeles home of the actor, writer, director, and humanitarian.

CHARLIE ROSE: Hey George!

GEORGE CLOONEY: Hello. Hi guys...

LARA LOGAN: Hello, George.

GEORGE CLOONEY: Come on in. Welcome.

CHARLIE ROSE: We're pleased to be here.

GEORGE CLOONEY: Hi, Lara.

LARA LOGAN: It's very nice of you to let us come inside your home, George. We appreciate it. Thank you.

GEORGE CLOONEY: Lara, you're welcome anytime. Charlie--

CR: You never let up, do you?

GEORGE CLOONEY: I can't.

CHARLIE ROSE: Why this home for you?

GEORGE CLOONEY: Um, I bought it in the mid-90 -- early-- early '90s. I had done -- was in the second season of "ER" and I was living in a little house, and I thought, well, maybe it's time to get a little bit -- a little bit larger house off of the street so wouldn't fall prey to every photographer.

GEORGE CLOONEY: Here come on in the kitchen...this is where I-- obviously, known for my-- my cooking talent (LAUGHS). This is where I order food delivered.

LARA LOGAN: What's inside your fridge, George?

GEORGE CLOONEY: Mmmm... Nothing.

CHARLIE ROSE: He doesn't know.

GEORGE CLOONEY: I, uh -- there's some lady that makes salads for me, and I-- salads and some sort of a juice thing because, you know, one of my New Year's Eve resolutions was to -- eat better and to, sort of, do one of those cleanses. I'm really glad I did that.

CHARLIE ROSE: What does a home mean to you? A house -- you have two magnificent homes.

GEORGE CLOONEY: Well, there's--well, there's a big difference between a house and a home, I think. A house is-- is a place that you would live in -- but a home is a place where your family and friends-- are-- are part of. And I think that that's -- that-- that's one of the wonderful things about where I've been for so long. I've been here for, you know, almost 20 years--

LARA LOGAN: Wow.

GEORGE CLOONEY: ...and it's filled with---good friends and good-- and family members. And it's always-- it's a place where I have a basketball court and people come and play basketball. And it's just a fun place to be.

CHARLIE ROSE: You also see home as security, too. I mean, you've often said, you know, that-- that it's the thing that you wanna put your money into--

GEORGE CLOONEY: Owning something from the time I was a little kid was always a very big deal in our family.

LARA LOGAN: Why?

GEORGE CLOONEY: We - we rented homes growing up. We-- I went to five schools before I was in eighth grade. We -- my dad always said we moved when the rent was due. (LAUGHS) And-- and so, it became a very important part to my father and to -- to their-- and his family-- and to my mother and father both which was -- you know, they -- they spent 30 years payin' off their home. And...so, it's one of those things that was always -- to me, it was a sign of making it was being able to own your own home. Owning land is a good thing as opposed to - I -- I worry about investing -- making money off of money. I like owning land.

CHARLIE ROSE: It's a season of awards, and congratulations on the Golden Globe.

GEORGE CLOONEY: Thank you very much.

CHARLIE ROSE: There are those who are saying "The Descendants" is your best performance.

GEORGE CLOONEY: But they drink a lot, so it doesn't -- they don't know what they're talkin' about. (LAUGHTER)

CHARLIE ROSE: All right.

LARA LOGAN: Do you drink a lot, George? Since you brought it up.

GEORGE CLOONEY: I'll show you around the house, you'll understand. When you see how many bars are here.

LARA LOGAN: Can we -- can we swing around the kitchen and just get a look at it? 'Cause I have to say I kinda like your décor...

CHARLIE ROSE: You don't-- there's a picture there of a baseball player, what's that?

GEORGE CLOONEY: It's Joe Morgan. ...One of the great second basemen of all time.

CHARLIE ROSE: If you had been a baseball player, what position would you have played?

GEORGE CLOONEY: The bench. (LAUGHS)

LARA LOGAN: Because you wanted to be a baseball player, right...

GEORGE CLOONEY: I did.

LARA LOGAN: ...but that's exactly where you ended up was the bench.

GEORGE CLOONEY: Well, you know...Lara. Now wait. Let's be very clear. I had everything a professional baseball player needed except talent.

LARA LOGAN: That can be a problem.

GEORGE CLOONEY: It is a problem, actually.

Clooney stops at framed case holding a photo of JFK flanked by two ties

GEORGE CLOONEY: Here's a cool thing. I was -- I got a call from-- a reporter...who said that a friend of hers was clearing out their garage and they had a bunch of Kennedy memorabilia that she -- she would like to sell. ...So, my assistant and I went over to just go through a garage full of things, and it was -- you know-- original invitations to the inauguration... and It was like the most amazing stuff I've ever seen in my life, and they were nice enough to give me a couple of President Kennedy's ties for that. I really enjoy having them.

CHARLIE ROSE: And the picture below the president?

GEORGE CLOONEY: That's in the Oval Office a few days - about -- a month after he'd taken office.

LARA LOGAN: How do you feel about politics, and being involved in politics as an actor, and what you do? I mean, some people, you know, roll their eyes, "Oh, there goes George Clooney or Angelina Jolie again. They should just stick to acting." But, I think, you're obviously sensitive to that, 'cause this is not something you wear on your sleeve, this is something that seems to mean a lot to you.

GEORGE CLOONEY I think the most important thing you can do is...to provide or get as much information as you possibly can and then use your ability to attract attention to its best use. And that's really all you can do. ... I'm not a policy maker. I understand the idea that, well, if you're an actor, nobody really wants to hear your ideas on politics... ah -- but I also understood that there are things that you can help affect. And part of it is to bring attention to places that don't get attention. And I find that to be, um, less political. In general, I find it just to try to be helpful.

CHARLIE ROSE: Do you play basketball with the president?

GEORGE CLOONEY: I'll tell you what. I watched him play, and I wanna say he -- he -- he can't go to his left, Charlie, and that's the most important thing. (LAUGHS)

CHARLIE ROSE: Really?

GEORGE CLOONEY: Yeah.

LARA LOGAN: So, he'd be too easy to beat, that's why you haven't played him yet?

GEORGE CLOONEY: (LAUGHS) No, I won't play him because if he beats me, I'll really be upset.

LARA LOGAN: Are you a bad loser?

GEORGE CLOONEY: You know, I'm not a bad loser because when you're 50, you find that you lose more, so you have to become much more -- you have to do a lotta stuff like -- by the way, I've played Charlie in basketball..

LARA LOGAN: Yessss.

GEORGE CLOONEY: He's a very -- very bad loser. (LAUGHS)

LARA LOGAN: I'm not surprised, Charlie.

CHARLIE ROSE: So, here we are at the bookcase -- family pictures.

GEORGE CLOONEY: Yeah, this is my mom and dad...picture of my grandma. This is an old 45 of my Aunt Rosemary.

Rosemary was the - in, in many ways, she was a big, big, big part of our lives. She was the main focus of our family for a long, long time. And -- and she is dearly missed, quite honestly.

CHARLIE ROSE: Lookin' to your right, that looks like a picture of a dog to me.

GEORGE CLOONEY: That's -- that's Einstein, that's my dog. ..I was given the dog from a lovely shelter, but they'd gotten it from -- from-- a place where they -- you know, they -- they take 'em out. So, it was really-- he's a fun dog. Maybe he'll come by later and you'll get a chance to see him.

LARA LOGAN: Why'd you go to a shelter to get a dog?

GEORGE CLOONEY: You know, they're -- first of all--

CHARLIE ROSE: It's where you go to get dogs, yeah.

GEORGE CLOONEY: Yeah, and you know, the -- they always seem to be more appreciative. I would be if they'd taken me off-- off death row....even the shelter that had him, the really wonderful people that were taking care of him said we -- you know, we have to make sure you love the dog -- you know, the dog loves you. And so, I rubbed meatballs on my shoes, and the (LAUGHS) the dog came in and threw himself at me. And-- I find that works also with some actors, you can do that to as well. (LAUGHTER)

LARA LOGAN: How 'bout directors? Does it work on them?

GEORGE CLOONEY: No, but studio executives, sometimes.

CHARLIE ROSE: We're now in one of the bars, I assume.

GEORGE CLOONEY: You're -- yes. Charlie, you will appreciate this area right here.

LARA LOGAN: It's a nice bar.

GEORGE CLOONEY: ...what we like to call home, for Charlie.

LARA LOGAN: What about those photographs on the wall behind you? What's there?

GEORGE CLOONEY: Oh, this was -- there was an original Rat Pack picture taken, I think, from "Ocean's Eleven" with Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin and those guys by a guy named Sid Avery. And then, when we did "Oceans 11," the remake 40 years later or something, the same photographer took a picture of all of us -- Brad and Matt and, you know, the whole gang, Don Cheadle and everybody. So, we did, sort of, the exact -- tried to do the same setup and shoot it. So, they sent me a copy of both those pictures. I thought that was pretty great.

CHARLIE ROSE: One of the interesting things that people say about you is you have maintained friendships with people you've known all of your life...They're part of your friends today -- you add new friends and people that you work with. Give us a sense of how you feel about friendship and why it's so important.

GEORGE CLOONEY: I've been in Los Angeles for 30 years. I moved here from Kentucky. And I've had most of these friends since -- you know, some of them, since one of the first days I moved here. ...They, we all just sort of have remained very close friends. And it's something I'm-- extremely proud of.

Oh, by the way, Charlie, this will-- this will make you a little jealous -- (LAUGHS) a bottle of Maker's Mark with my face on it.

LARA LOGAN: Before you leave the bar, of all those bottles up there, what is your drink of choice?

GEORGE CLOONEY: Well, you know, I don't know. I-- I drink a little vodka--I, we, I like a little tequila. If I-- I have a place in Mexico that I spend time at, I like tequila every once in a while. Right now, I've just filled this with vodka. (LAUGHS)

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