In the midst of a week in which schools throughout the nation welcomed their first students, George Clooney inaugurated a film school in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
The Roybal School of Film and Television Production Magnet in downtown Los Angeles was officially opened on Wednesday with the participation of the 61-year-old actor and director.
During the opening of the school, he was joined at the event by fellow actors and members of the Roybal Advisory Board Don Cheadle and Mindy Kaling.
On Wednesday, for the occasion, Clooney wore a light blue polo shirt and a navy blue polo shirt. He also wore light blue pants.
George Clooney made a joke about how the public doesn’t often associate actors with education when speaking during the event. If you look at me, you automatically think, “Oh, he’s just the best Batman of all-time.”
At the launch, he also gave an interview to ET, in which he discussed his thoughts on the significance of establishing this school in Los Angeles and why he felt it was so necessary.
‘We’re excited about this. We feel like there’s a real opportunity here, and it’s something that I think we missed in our industry, and I think it’s something that it’s pretty obvious what the solution is — and it’s starting earlier,’ he said. ‘I just felt like, if you see a hole, you try to fill it, and this is one that it just seemed like — I was in London, and we were staffing up, and because it’s been a very busy time in the industry, it’s hard to find crew, and we need to do a lot better about inclusivity,’ he mentioned.
When asked whether he would really teach a lesson at the magnet school, Clooney said that he would most surely be dropping by. “Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’m gonna come in. And listen, this is below-the-line guys, right? So, I’m not really gonna come in and talk about directing or acting, but I can come in and sit down with the kids when they’re editing and stuff like that, so, something like that,’ Clooney explained.
The Los Angeles Unified School District and the Roybal School of Film and Television Production Magnet collaborated in June to make the first announcement on the former (LAUSD).
Clooney and his producing partner Grant Heslov collaborated with Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner, Don Cheadle, Mindy Kaling, and other individuals like Kerry Washington, Nicole Avant, Eva Longoria, the owners of Working Title Films, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, and Creative Artists Agency (CAA) Co-Chairman Bryan Lourd to establish the school.
The school is referred to as “a specialized academy” situated inside the Edward R. Roybal Learning Center, and it will give “Los Angeles Unified teachers with access to famous storytellers, along with industry leaders and experts,” as well as “assist students with a rigorous academic education and practical training, creating a clear road to good-paying careers.”