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OTRC: George Clooney praises Shailene Woodley, talks career (Q&A)

George Clooney talks to OnTheRedCarpet.com in February 2012, before the Oscars. / Shailene Woodley at the 2012 Golden Globes on January 15, 2012.

Oscar winner and current nominee George Clooney says Shailene Woodley, his on-screen daughter in "The Descendants," will be raking in awards long after he is dead.

The 20-year-old actress was not nominated for an Oscar for her role in the film but did receive Golden Globe and Screen Actor's Guild Award nods. She is also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. The winners will be announced on Saturday, a day before the Oscars.

Despite her Oscar snub, Woodley, who is perhaps better known for playing Amy Juergens in the ABC Family series "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," has received some honors for her role in "The Descendants." She has taken home awards given by groups such as Central Ohio Film Critics Association, the Florida Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review.

"Long after we're in the ground, she's going to be at these events, getting awards," Clooney, 50, told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "She's that kind of an actress. She's really something, that girl."

Woodley has praised Clooney multiple times.

"George is a super human," she told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "He's incredible - beyond incredible. On a ... personal level, I became a better person after knowing him. George Clooney is a phenomenal actor because he's a phenomenal actor, not because an editor makes him look good."

In "The Descendants," Clooney, 50, plays a Hawaii man named Matt King, who faces the challenge of raising his two young daughters after his wife is injured in a boating accident and slips into a coma. Woodley plays the older child, angsty teen Alexandra, while Amara Miller portrays her younger sister.

King also finds out their mother has been cheating on him. He must put aside anger for the sake of his children and also faces a multi-million dollar real estate sale. He is the trustee of a large chunk of land and a shady relative, played by Beau Bridges, has his own ideas of what he should do with it.

Clooney is nominated for an Oscar for Actor in a Leading Role for his role. He also received a nod for Writing (Adapted Screenplay) for co-writing the screenplay of the film "The Ides of March." He is actually competing with "The Descendants" director Alexander Payne, who is nominated for an Oscar in that category and also received a nod for Directing.

Clooney has one Academy Award under his belt, given for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Syriana in 2006. He has been nominated for an Oscar a total of seven times, including four for acting, two for screenwriting and one for directing.

George, this also shows you in a different light than what you're done in the past.


What are you laughing for?

GEORGE CLOONEY: "It's true, it does."

I think that's a good thing. A lot of actors say, 'I don't want to repeat what I've always done.' Yeah, those 'Ocean' movies are fun but you get to show yourself in a whole new light. Do you like to surprise Hollywood?

GEORGE CLOONEY: "No, I just want to keep things new and different. 'Michael Clayton' was different than things I'd done and 'Up In The Air' was different. It was always trying to find and push what I'm comfortable with because you don't want to get bored. You want to do things that are interesting and you hope that people enjoy them and sometimes they do and sometimes they don't. Part of what I'm trying to do is push myself in every direction I possibly can as long as they let me."

The actor can be seen next in the 3D thriller "Gravity," which stars fellow Oscar winner Sandra Bullock as a survivor of a botched space mission to repair the Hubble telescope.

Payne won an Oscar for writing the 2004 film "Sideways" and has been nominated for a total of six individual Academy Awards. "The Descendants" received five nods, including one for Best Picture.

Payne has also penned and directed movies such as "Election," "About Schmidt" and "Citizen Ruth." He has been attached to direct a new drama film, tentatively titled "Nebraska," which is also the name of his native state.

I've got a feeling that you guys could make another movie, beginning tomorrow.

GEORGE CLOONEY: "I would. He's onto some other actor."

ALEXANDER PAYNE: "Find me a screenplay. You're a movie star. You get scripts all the time. 'Oh, there's no director attached, here."

GEORGE CLOONEY: "You only do ... 'I only do things I write myself."

ALEXANDER PAYNE: "No, that's out of desperation. I'm waiting for you."

He makes two movies a year. You've got five in your whole career. Why are you taking so long?

ALEXANDER PAYNE: "Working on it."

GEORGE CLOONEY: "He is. He's working on it. He's now going to do one every six years, picking up the pace a little bit. At this rate, I'll be 75 before we can work again."

ALEXANDER PAYNE: "The tough part is screenplay. The tough part is I really, I want to speak when I have something to say. I'm not super prolific like Woody Allen or these guys ? could just sit down and write and crank 'em out ? or Pedro Almodovar. I hope to acquire confidence and skill and access my own life experience in the free way that they do. I haven't been able to do that yet."

GEORGE CLOONEY: "But he's working on it."

ALEXANDER PAYNE: "Working on it."

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Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, parent company of OnTheRedCarpet.com that also produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).

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