The 11 year old spills on her surprise phone call from the actor and the outpouring of support she's received since her speech.
11-year-old Naomi Wadler took over the internet during the March for Our Lives last month, after her passionate speech about black female victims of gun violence went viral.
The young gun control activist impressed everyone with her words, including Ellen DeGeneres, who invited her on her show Wednesday. During the interview, Wadler revealed George Clooney -- who, along with wife Amal, donated $500,000 to support the march -- called her personally before her speech.
11-year-old Naomi Wadler says she speaks at Washington DC rally to "represent the African-American girls whose stories don't make the front page," and "who are simply statistics instead of vibrant, beautiful girls full of potential" https://t.co/ElIJSw1bvk pic.twitter.com/wJe4GkWDtj— CNN (@CNN) March 24, 2018
"He's going to call us in a few minutes," Wadler said to Ellen, recalling the moments after she had been invited to speak at the march. "I'm like, 'Dad George Clooney is going to call us.' And he's like, 'It's not a big deal honey, I'm going to Home Depot right now.'
"He told me me saw my video from a media company called Now This and he said I spoke very eloquently and that he loved my message," Wadler excitedly told host Ellen DeGeneres (watch the video below). Wadler had previously organized a walkout at her school in Alexandria, Virginia after the Parkland shooting, which march organizers found out about it after one of the victims' parents -- also a family friend -- shared it on Facebook.
"As soon as he hung up, he's like, 'See you Saturday' and I’m like, 'See you too!' and then and he hangs up and then I fell off my chair," she added with a laugh.
Brilliant 11-year-old Naomi Wadler is doing more to address gun violence and systemic racism than most adults pic.twitter.com/ifntel7xt5— NowThis (@nowthisnews) March 22, 2018
Her speech at the march itself was shared all over Twitter, with the young speaker gaining attention from a ton celebrities. Common, Tessa Thompson and Janelle Monae were among those who tweeted their support. When asked if she gets recognized now, Wadler recalled being asked for an autograph at a restaurant.
"And that's when I realized, I don't have a signature," Wadler replied. "They don't teach cursive anymore so I wrote what I do on every math test." She added, "I really realized I had made an impact when you guys called."
Speaking about her advocacy, she added, "I feel way too often black women are shot and their names aren't remembered and they're not valued as much. I thought this would be a good way to get a message across."