George Clooney’s TIFF grandma has been identified and she's adorable

By: Meaghan Wray

The mystery has finally been solved! After a photo of an older woman clutching George Clooney’s chin on the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) red carpet went viral, the hunt was on to uncover her identity. Her name is Elfriede Wolf, and she considers herself one lucky lady.

Global News managed to catch up with Elfried at her Oakville home. She spoke candidly about how the whole situation went down—and how she even got so close to the Suburbicon director in the first place, “It happened too quick. I couldn’t even comprehend it. I was on the fence there, like everybody else,” the Ontario native gushed. “Nothing was planned at all. We just came for the film festival.”


Like most women, Elfried’s daughter is also “in love” with the 56-year-old actor. “[My daughter] thought maybe she could get a glimpse of George Clooney. When he got closer, I said, ‘George, my daughter is in love with you.’ He said, ‘Oh my God.’ He reached his hand over, and before we knew it, he held my hand and smiled.” And that was when she reached out to grab his chin.

To make this encounter even sweeter, Elfried jokingly proclaimed she’d be hanging a framed photograph of the red-carpet moment over her bed forever.

This year, as with most, George proved that he really has a heart of gold! He spent 30 minutes signing autographs and taking selfies with fans before his new film premiered at the Princess of Wales Theatre. While he captured the heart of Elfried and hundreds more Torontonians, George only has eyes for his human rights lawyer wife, Amal.

The Hollywood A-lister’s father Nick Clooney opened up earlier this summer about the first time George met Amal, revealing that "his and her fates were sealed" by the end of their encounter. The proud dad chatted to Peopleabout a dinner gathering with mutual friends in 2013, which Amal attended with a friend.

George spent half an hour signing autographs before his film's premiere.

"Nina and I were actually the ones who answered the door when Amal came in," he said. "She introduced herself to us and we talked. She was obviously very charming, gorgeous and so clearly accomplished, but by the time we had supper that night, it was clear there was a kindness to her and an inclusiveness. By the end of supper, I started looking over at Nina and saying, 'Look ouuuut, this could be trouble for this young man!'".

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