How George Clooney uses his acting skills to make his kids behave at Christmas

George and Amal Clooney.
George and Amal Clooney. Photo: Getty

Toddlers are hard work at the best of time, but it can be especially challenging at Christmas time - even for George Clooney. 

The famous dad shared the parenting hack he's been using this  holiday season on three-and-a-half-year-old twins, Ella and Alexander.

The 59-year-old appeared virtually on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, confessing he uses his skills as an actor keep his kids in line.

"When they're asleep in the morning — they sleep in the same bedroom — they start to make noises and they're fighting and you can hear the two of them getting at each other, and I stand outside the door and I go 'Oh, hey, hi Santa!' and then you hear Santa is there and he's like 'Ho ho ho!'" he told Colbert, saying that Santa is just calling in to "make sure the kids are being good kids."

 "And you can hear them going, 'We are Santa! We are'," Clooney continued. "Then he leaves and they come out and they're unbelievably well-behaved."

Clooney is currently in the UK, saying he arrived with his family for a 'socially distant' premiere of his new film, The Midnight Sky, but discovered when they landed that they had to quarantine for two weeks, due to tier three restrictions.

"I can't walk anywhere, I can't do anything, no premiere," he told Colbert. "So I'm just here with the fireplace."