updated 12/02/2013 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 12/02/2013 AT 4:00 PM ET
“I actually like working by myself,” he says with a laugh. But what about off-screen? Who is there to keep him warm?
And, on that subject, the often-reticent star is more forthcoming, but only slightly. When it comes to the greatest love of his life, “I haven’t met her yet,” Clooney, 52, matter-of-factly tells W magazine for its 8th annual Art Issue, on sale as of Dec. 2 (for the cover the Dream Man looks like an Op Art Nightmare in polka dots painted by Yayoi Kusama).
“When I was a kid, I was in love with Audrey Hepburn,” Clooney says about the role that got Hepburn her Oscar, as a princess pursued by a newspaper reporter played by Gregory Peck, the George Clooney of his day.
“I watched Roman Holiday when I was 11, and I thought she was as elegant as anything I’d ever seen. And I fell madly in love with her. I also always loved Grace Kelly. I mean, when she comes out of the water in To Catch a Thief, I thought, That’s the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen.”
Kelly’s costar on the French Riviera for that one was Cary Grant, the other George Clooney of his day.