George Clooney’s Pals Sound Off on His Engagement: ‘It Was About Time!’

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin

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updated 04/30/2014 AT 2:50 PM ET

originally published 05/01/2014 AT 8:00 AM ET

Now that George Clooney plans to tie the knot with Amal Alamuddin, friends and colleagues of the newly engaged couple are thrilled and offering their best wishes.

“I’m happy for him,” Clooney’s Gravity director, Alfonso Cuarén, told PEOPLE at Tuesday’s Time 100 Gala in New York. “To me George is a terrific and a fantastic person. As a husband I think he will be the same. He’s a guy who is so generous and respectful, and I think he will be good at marriage, too. George is also genuinely honest. And, it’s so much fun to be around him.”

Clooney’s close friend Charlie Rose, co-anchor of CBS This Morning, says the Oscar winner shares the same interests with Alamuddin, 36. Rose also has gotten to know Alamuddin, who attended a conference that he hosted in Aspen last year.

“George has a very serious side to him,” the veteran journalist, 72, who has spent time with Clooney, 52, at his home in Lake Como, told PEOPLE. “He’s a prankster and a damn good actor, but he also cares about issues as she does.”

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin

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MSNBC host Ronan Farrow is a friend of Alamuddin and seeks her legal expertise in privacy law. The two met while working at the United Nations.

Amal is incredibly accomplished and has a substantive legal mind. I have a lot of admiration for what she does,” Farrow, 26, told PEOPLE. “She’s tremendously charming and beguiling. Just look at her career. When I’m ready to do an interview on privacy law or when I’m interviewing someone connected to Julian Assange or Glenn Greenwald, she’s one of the people that I turn to. She’s wonderful.”

For Martha Stewart, who is a fan of Clooney’s films, she was happy to hear that the Hollywood heartthrob finally decided to settle down.


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