George Clooney's father, broadcaster Nick Clooney, is ''thrilled'' about his engagement and praised his son's fiancée Amal Alamuddin. Nick, 80, told Us Weekly: ''We are thrilled. We have had an opportunity to interact with this wonderful young woman and these are two great people. We are thrilled at their decision and we hope for them the best.'' However, Nick refused to give any further details about George's proposal, insisting that should come from his son. He added: ''This is his time, not ours.'' George's mother Nina said, ''You can say I'm extremely happy, Amal's a lovely girl.'' Nina admits she and her husband Nick, who met Amal over a year ago, weren't surprised about the engagement because they are well suited, due to their similar interest in international affairs.
She explained: ''We weren't at all surprised when they told us they were engaged, and we couldn't be happier for them. On an intellectual level, they are equals. That is very important to him. Amal's world couldn't be more different from the Hollywood lifestyle.'' Asked if Amal is similar to other woman who have dated George, 52, she replied: ''Heavens, no! She's a lawyer, she is brilliant, she is a very bright woman and at the very top of her career.''