updated 11/23/2009 AT 7:00 AM ET
•originally published 11/23/2009 AT 9:30 AM ET
Ladies’ man George Clooney isn’t short on romance pointers – even if they’re for a younger, female costar.
“He had rules for me about dating and stuff. It was really sweet,” Anna Kendrick said at Saturday’s press day for their new comedy/drama Up in the Air, out Dec. 4. “It’s funny, actually. A friend of his that was his age  was dating somebody younger than me. He thought that was fine. I was like, ‘What would you say to me if I were dating somebody your age?’ He said, ‘Oh no, absolutely not.’ ”
The 24-year-old admits, “He had this kind of older brother thing with me.” And, her character, who has argumentative romantic tension with Clooney in the film, jokes, “Is he too old for me? Yes. George Clooney is too old for me.”
Good thing, too, since Clooney is dating MTV Italy host Elisabetta Canalis.
Kendrick, who also currently stars in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, says she’s happy just to spar with him.
“I loved yelling at George. I loved telling George off. I loved telling George that he was a 12-year-old. I was so looking forward to that scene almost to the extent that I was concerned that it was going to be a kind of indulgent thing … It’s like every ex-boyfriend I have ever had in the form of George Clooney on a boardwalk. [It] was a lot of fun.”[brightcove: 45675194001]