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George Clooney, Stacy Keibler hit NYC red carpet

October 17, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Actor George Clooney and new girlfriend Stacy Keibler hit the red carpet for the premiere of his new movie "The Descendants."

The former "Dancing With The Stars" contestant snuggled up to Clooney Sunday night in New York City.

In the film, Clooney plays a Hawaiian land baron reeling from a boating accident that left his wife in a coma.

The Oscar winning actor explained why it was so easy to get into character for the role.

"Well, it's such a good writer, such a good director," said Clooney. "Really, all I had to do was serve the material. My aunt was a singer, a really wonderful singer, and later on she just said 'I can't hit the notes like I used to, I can't hold the notes. But I can just serve the material,' and that's really a good lesson in acting for everybody, for me."

"The Descendants" opens in theaters Nov. 18.