Nespresso ad 2023 ft. George Clooney, Julia Garner, and Simone Ashley

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Blends star power with humour

Nespresso has once again proven its creativity and ingenuity in advertising, as they bring together Hollywood giants George Clooney, Julia Garner, and Simone Ashley in their latest TV ad titled ‘The Bet’. This all-star cast is brought together for their star power and to accentuate the extensive range of flavors and styles Nespresso’s Vertuo range offers.

The film, with its comedic twists and turns, is an example of a unique fusion of humor, star power, and product placement. The ad opens with the iconic George Clooney reluctantly handing over his parking ticket, revealing a lost bet. The scene then takes us back to a house party where he and Julia Garner are engaged in a friendly competition of guessing the coffee choices of other guests. The stakes are high as their predictions focus on the coffee selection of Simone Ashley. With Clooney wagering on “Intenso” and Garner backing “Ice Leggero,” tension builds until the reveal of Ashley’s choice – Ice Leggero. As a plot twist, it turns out that Garner and Ashley conspired to outsmart Clooney, leaving him with a pink helmet and a less-than-glamorous scooter as his co-stars drive off in his sleek convertible.

Clooney, being Nespresso’s brand ambassador for years, comfortably plays his role with a self-deprecating charm that’s both endearing and entertaining. Garner and Ashley, however, are a refreshing addition, bringing their unique personalities to the ad and adding a vibrant dynamic to the classic Nespresso commercial style.

Now, moving on to discuss the advantages and drawbacks of the ad.


  • Star Power: Having Clooney, Garner, and Ashley as the lead figures is a masterstroke. It draws attention and adds a touch of glamour and entertainment to the ad.
  • Product Placement: Nespresso successfully integrates its Vertuo range naturally into the narrative. This subtly emphasizes the vast array of flavors and styles the brand offers.
  • Humor: The comedic undertone of the ad is engaging and relatable, making it memorable for audiences, which could potentially increase brand recall.


  • Overshadowed by Celebrities: There’s a risk of the star power overshadowing the product, as audiences might focus more on the stars than the coffee range.
  • Limited Product Details: Although the ad highlights the variety of the Vertuo range, it doesn’t delve into specifics about the individual coffee styles and flavors.
  • Niche Appeal: The humor and celebrity cast might appeal more to a Western audience, which could limit the ad’s effectiveness in more diverse, international markets.


Nevertheless, Nespresso’s “The Bet” delivers a clever, humorous narrative that effectively highlights their Vertuo range while leveraging its star-studded cast’s appeal. It is a testament to Nespresso’s innovative marketing strategy and commitment to providing unique, superior coffee experiences.


Nespresso ad 2023 cast

George Clooney

George Clooney is an esteemed American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter who has carved a formidable legacy in Hollywood. Born on May 6, 1961, in Lexington, Kentucky, Clooney began his acting career in the late 1970s. His breakthrough came with the television drama ‘ER’ where his portrayal of Dr. Doug Ross garnered him widespread acclaim. His charisma and talent soon landed him leading roles in high-profile films like ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ and ‘Syriana‘, the latter earning him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Clooney’s success isn’t limited to acting; he has also made a significant impact behind the camera, directing critically acclaimed films like ‘Good Night and Good Luck’ and ‘The Ides of March’. Known for his sophisticated charm and enduring presence, he’s a regular on Hollywood’s most attractive lists. Besides his film career, Clooney is a noted humanitarian and activist, leveraging his fame to shed light on global issues.

GEORGES CLOONE stars in the NESPRESSO advert

Julia Garner

Julia Garner, born on February 1, 1994, in the Bronx, New York, is an American actress who has rapidly risen to fame for her remarkable performances. Garner first came into the spotlight with her role in the film ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ and later gained recognition for her roles in ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ and ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’. However, her Emmy-winning performance as Ruth Langmore in the Netflix series ‘Ozark‘ truly put her on the map. Garner’s acting style is known for its intensity and authenticity, often taking on complex and layered characters. Despite her relatively short time in the industry, she has managed to work with several esteemed filmmakers, solidifying her status as one of Hollywood’s brightest young talents.

JULIA GARNER stars in the NESPRESSO advert 2023

Simone Ashley

Simone Ashley is a British actress best known for her role as Olivia in the Netflix series ‘Sex Education’. Born on March 30, 1995, in Camberley, Surrey, England, Ashley started her acting career in British television before making her mark internationally. She gained significant recognition and popularity with her character in ‘Sex Education’, which showcased her ability to bring depth and nuance to her roles. Ashley’s performance earned her a spot in Netflix’s period drama ‘Bridgerton‘ as the female lead in its second season, increasing her prominence in the global entertainment industry. Apart from her on-screen work, Simone Ashley is admired for her advocacy on mental health and body positivity, using her platform to create awareness and promote acceptance. Her engaging performances and off-screen activism make her a compelling figure in the current entertainment landscape.

Simone Ashley stars in the NESPRESSO ad 2023
Simone Ashley stars in the NESPRESSO ad 2023

Nespresso ad 2023 PR Statements

George Clooney said: “Working with Julia Garner and Simone Ashley was great and we all had the opportunity to inject our own personalities into the film. I don’t like to take myself too seriously, so I didn’t mind being outwitted by the two of them, even if it was me who ended up wearing the bright pink motorcycle helmet. I think I pulled it off well.”

Julia Garner commented on her first commercial appearance for Nespresso: “I consider myself an unofficial Ambassador for coffee, so working on this Nespresso campaign alongside such incredible talent was a dream!  I loved the playfulness of the script and the overall tone of the film, which seemingly affirmed my suspicion that I definitely align my coffee flavors to whatever mood I’m feeling in the moment.”

Simone Ashley added: “We had so much fun shooting this and there was a lot of laughter on set. I love the balance of wit and glamour in Nespresso’s TV adverts and always with a reminder to recycle!”

Melanie Brinbaum, Chief Brand Officer at Nespresso, said“We are very excited to reveal our new campaign, bringing together George Clooney, Julia Garner and Simone Ashley for the first time. It brilliantly showcases the superior coffee styles that can be created through our Vertuo range, giving customers the unforgettable taste of Nespresso’s coffee every time. Matching people’s personalities and moods to their drinking profiles really encapsulates what Vertuo is all about – there’s a coffee for every moment. And we’ll always take the opportunity to engage our customers into recycling their Nespresso capsules.”

JULIA GARNER and Simone Ashley
JULIA GARNER and Simone Ashley




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