George Clooney on Faking It & Turning 50

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George Clooney is like a great wine — getting better (and sexier) with age. The Ides of March actor, who turned 50 in May, spoke candidly with PARADE about how his age is affecting his work and why we’ll never live to see his relationship status change on Facebook.

Although Clooney still has major appeal among the ladies, he has a whole new perspective on aging gracefully in Hollywood. He tells the magazine:

“I look at myself on-screen and go, ‘I don’t look like I did when I was 40–I know that.’ The people I’ve respected most in the industry over the years — Paul Newman, for instance. I just loved the way he handled growing old on-screen. It’s understanding that you’re now basically a character actor. I find that as you get older, you start to simplify things in general. By the time you get a subscription to AARP, which I just got, you have some idea of who your friends are, at least. [Getting the AARP subscription] shocked me–‘Are you kidding?’ [laughs] I told them they should do ‘The Sexiest Man Still Alive.'”

And while it may come as a shock to some, even Clooney has his fair share of “failed” auditions. So how does he keep trekking on — even when he doesn’t score a coveted role?

“I had to stop going to auditions thinking, ‘Oh, I hope they like me.’ I had to go in thinking I was the answer to their problem. The greatest lesson I learned was that sometimes you have to fake it. And you have to be willing to fail.”

As for his personal life, Clooney reveals that most of what’s written about him (and his girlfriends and exes) is false, which is why he will never fuel the tabloid fire by joining Facebook or Twitter.

“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.”

Check out this weekend’s issue of PARADE magazine in your local newspaper for the full interview with George Clooney and in the meantime, be sure to check out the following links:

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