Amal Clooney addresses the 'responsibility' of her newfound celebrity status in first US TV interview

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Amal Clooney Opens Up About 'Responsibility' She Feels Balancing Fame and Human Rights

Amal Clooney sat down for her first U.S. broadcast television interview, and it's clear that the 37-year-old human rights attorney is every bit as smart and impassioned as we imagined.

Sitting down with Cynthia McFadden on Thursday's NBC Nightly News, Amal, who married George Clooney in September 2014, opened up about her newfound celebrity status and stars using their fame to support causes they care about.

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"I think it's wonderful that celebrities would choose to spend their time or energy or the spotlight they have to raise awareness about these causes," Amal shared. "I don't really see myself in the same way because I'm still doing the same job that I used to do before. If there's more attention paid to that for whatever reason then I think that's good."

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Year in style: Amal Clooney 2015
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Amal Clooney addresses the 'responsibility' of her newfound celebrity status in first US TV interview

January 2015

Amal wore a gorgeous black Dior gown with white silk gloves to the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills on January 11.

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January 2015

She was photographed outside the airport in LA in a chic red jacket and black boots.

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March 2015

Amal was seen out in New York City wearing an oversized sweater jacket and leather leggings.

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March 2015

Clooney wore a bright yellow wool coat over a black embroidered minidress for a night out with her husband George Clooney in New York City.

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March 2015

Amal sported a sleeveless indigo dress with intricate side cutouts at the 100 LIVES initiative on March 10 in New York City.

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March 2015

Amal rocked a pair of super cool high-waisted, printed flared trousers with a black feathered top while out for the evening in New York City.

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March 2015

Amal stepped out in New York City with her husband George in neon yellow sandals, which she paired with a cream-colored flowy jumpsuit.

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April 2016

Amal and her husband George Clooney were seen leaving Babbo in New York City on April 3, where she wore a black minidress and cream-colored sheath cardigan with black pumps.

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April 2015

Clooney was spotted out in New York City wearing a camel-colored pencil skirt, nude pumps and a collared orange blouse with a snake-print collar.

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April 2016

Amal wore another pair of insanely cool wide-leg printed trousers while out and about in New York City.

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April 2015

Clooney wore cropped jeans and a floral babydoll tank while visiting the set of 'Money Monster' in New York City.

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April 2015

Amal wore an angular flower-print dress and lace-up sandals while out to dinner with George Clooney in New York City.

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May 2015

Clooney was spotted on the streets of Manhattan in a white lace dress and camel-colored suede jacket, along with strappy white sandals.

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May 2015

Mrs. Clooney was seen in New York City on May 2 rocking light-wash, wide-leg jeans and a blush-colored sweater.

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May 2014

John Galliano (for Margiela Couture) designed Clooney's exquisite red, ruffled gown for the 2015 Met Gala in New York City.

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May 2015

Amal stunned at the LA premiere of 'Tomorrowland' in an Antonio Berardi pink and black minidress.

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May 2015

Clooney was seen arriving in Tokyo on May 24 in a colorful printed wrap dress and camel-colored espadrilles.

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May 2015

To the premiere of 'Tomorrowland' in Tokyo, Clooney sported a stunning yellow gown by Missoni.

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June 2015

Clooney was spotted in London in a cool olive green maxi dress and camel sandals.

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July 2015

Amal was seen leaving a restaurant in Lake Como on July 22 in tailored polka-dotted shorts and a sleeveless black blouse.

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August 2015

Amal wowed onlookers in Ibiza when she stepped out in a slinky gold number alongside husband George for the launch of Casamigos Tequila.

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September 2015

Amal wore a chic, tailored black ensemble to meet jailed former Maldives leader Mohamed Nasheed in Maafushi.

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September 2015

Clooney wore a red dress and high-heeled sandals when she attended a court hearing in the Maldives.

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September 2015

Clooney beamed in a pink two-piece skirt and jacket combo to meet members of the media in Sri Lanka.

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September 2015

Clooney was spotted in a bright red collared frock and earth tone pumps in New York City.

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October 2015

Amal wore a simple charcoal grey pantsuit and cream-colored turtleneck combo to a press conference in London.

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October 2015

Clooney was seen arriving at the Frontline Club in London, wearing a brightly-colored teal suede trench.

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October 2015

Amal was seen out and about with husband George Clooney on in LA, wearing a sophisticated cream-colored dress and stellar nude sandals, and she carried a small green and blue handbag to infuse a little color into the ensemble.

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October 2015

Amal Clooney and husband George attended the premiere of 'Our Brand Is Crisis' in Hollywood, and Amal sported a blush-colored Roland Mouret dress.

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December 2015

Clooney attended Charlotte Tilbury's Christmas party in London and wore a shimmery matching two-piece set, which showed a tasteful amount of midriff.

Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Charlotte Tilbury

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However, Amal said that there's "a certain responsibility" that comes with her new fame, but added, "I think I'm exercising it in an appropriate manner by continuing to do this kind of work."

Amal's passion is currently directed toward lobbying American lawmakers to help former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed, who was imprisoned after being overthrown in a coup and sentenced to 13 years in prison by his political opponents on a charge of terrorism.

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In her first U.S. TV interview, Amal looked classically elegant in a simple, short white dress that gave her the air of a political dignitary. In fact, she has become something of a style icon since the start of her high-profile relationship with the 54-year-old Oscar winner, often making headlines with her flawless fashions.

Check out the video below for a look at just how much effort, and money, goes in to Amal's trendsetting styles.

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