I’m sick of be­ing hum­ble..so sorry if I’m rich, wed to a movie star & not bad look­ing

HAV­ING A BLAST AT AGE OF 48… ZETA-JONES IS

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY JENNY DAVIS and JULIE MCCAFFREY fea­tures@mir­ror.co.uk

She fa­mously said a mil­lion pounds wasn’t a lot of money and boasted of col­lect­ing houses like other peo­ple col­lect art. If you think that was big-headed, brace your­self – be­cause Cather­ine Zeta-jones says she’s had enough of be­ing mod­est.

The Welsh star, who is mar­ried to Hol­ly­wood leg­end Michael Douglas, says it is high time she stops apol­o­gis­ing for her £200mil­lion for­tune, stun­ning looks and Os­car-win­ning tal­ent.

Cather­ine, 48, says: “One thing I’m not is hum­ble any more. I’m sick of be­ing hum­ble. I re­ally am. ‘So sorry I’m rich, so sorry I’m mar­ried to a movie star, so sorry I’m not so bad look­ing.’

“No sor­rys. Enough. All that is im­por­tant to me now is my work.

“That’s what I love and the rest of my life is a joy be­cause I’ve got two beau­ti­ful kids and a healthy, happy hus­band. It’s all good, and I’m not go­ing to be hum­ble for that ei­ther.”

Cather­ine cer­tainly shows no mod­esty when it comes to her chil­dren. This week she and Michael, 71, cel­e­brated their 17-year-old son Dy­lan’s high school grad­u­a­tion in New York.

The proud mum is cer­tain he and his sis­ter Carys, 15, will con­tinue the Douglas act­ing dy­nasty founded by pa­ter­nal grand­fa­ther Kirk Douglas, 101, a star of Hol­ly­wood’s golden age.

Cather­ine says: “I have two kids who want to be ac­tors and I am so proud. It’s not about fame for them. They’ve been brought up around fa­mous peo­ple. They know what that is like.

“They want the craft be­cause that’s what they love. And it gives me such pride that they get it. They un­der­stand that this is not a quick fix. They’re so good. I can’t wait for you all to see which way they’re go­ing to go be­cause they’re go­ing to go some­where, I’m telling you.”

Cather­ine wasn’t al­ways so self­as­sured. Her con­fi­dence and de­sire to act has dipped at times dur­ing her ca­reer.

Now, as she wins more ma­ture roles, she no longer frets about her choices.

She says: “What shaped me as an ac­tor, more than any­thing, is get­ting older. I gen­uinely lost my mojo. I didn’t like it very much any more. I was on a suc­cess­ful path, there wasn’t any cri­sis or any­thing. And I re­mem­bered how I started off so young and be­came suc­cess­ful, be­cause I was fear­less.

“There was no ques­tion­ing, won­der­ing what peo­ple would think.

“Some­where along the mid­dle I got fright­ened again and I started to ques­tion my­self as an ac­tor, my choices.

“As I ma­tured as a woman, as a mother, as a wife, I’m not scared any­more.”

Cather­ine had an in­cred­i­ble rise to fame. Brought up in Mum­bles, Swansea, by seam­stress mum Patricia and sweet fac­tory boss dad David, she was star­ring

My life is a joy be­cause I’ve got two beau­ti­ful kids and a healthy, happy hus­band CATHER­INE ZETA-JONES ON THE MOST IM­POR­TANT THINGS IN HER LIFE

in West End pro­duc­tions of An­nie and Bugsy Malone when she was just nine.

She landed her break­out role as Ma­ri­ette in ITV’S The Dar­ling Buds of May in 1991 aged 22, and was tal­ent spot­ted by Amer­i­can film-mak­ers who cast her in The Mask of Zorro and En­trap­ment.

Af­ter ro­mances with singer Mick Huck­nall and TV pre­sen­ter John Les­lie, Cather­ine mar­ried Douglas in 2000 when Dy­lan was three months old. In 2003, while preg­nant with Carys, Cather­ine won a Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tress Os­car for her role as Velma in Chicago.

Lit­tle won­der she feels no need to downplay her achieve­ments. She says: “I come from a work­ing-class fam­ily in Wales and I worked to get to where I am. And for many years all of us are vic­tims of the fact that we’ve all got so hum­ble.

“If you were a sports star and won an award ‘S*** yeah, you would that was go, the best work I’ve ever done, I rocked!’

“Whereas ac­tors are like, ‘Oh I’m so sorry and thanks, can I say thanks?’”

Cather­ine re­cently ap­peared as ac­tress Olivia de Hav­il­land in Feud and as a drugs baroness in TV movie Co­caine God­mother: The Griselda Blanco Story.

She is now set to star in Queen Amer­ica, which will be streamed on Face­book’s Watch. Cather­ine new video plays plat­form Vicki Face­book El­lis, a renowned and ruth­less beauty pageant coach, in the 10-episode dark com­edy. She says: “She’s a great char­ac­ter and I couldn’t let this one go. I’ve got to get my Tulsa, Ok­la­homa, ac­cent go­ing. I love do­ing ac­cents. There’s not many Welsh roles around, as you can imagine.” Look­ing back, Cather­ine owes her for­mer a great feels debt head­mas­ter she to and to the poet Dy­lan Thomas. She says: “I went to an aca­demic school and they had no drama, noth­ing. But I was lucky enough to be born in Dy­lan Thomas’s home­town and so the govern­ment would fi­nance the Dy­lan Thomas Theatre’s am­a­teur dra­mat­ics and I was in. So we had a lot of art in a very work­ing class coalmin­ing town.

“I went on a big tour with An­nie, then to get my Eq­uity card I was of­fered a role in The Py­jama Game. So I had to ask my head­teacher if I could leave school at 15 and he said to my par­ents, ‘She has to do it’. So he gave the green light with the prom­ise that if it didn’t work out I’d go back to school. And I didn’t.”

Cather­ine is now pre­par­ing to film Queen Amer­ica in the scorch­ing sum­mer heat of At­lanta, Ge­or­gia. She says: “I did say to the pro­duc­ers, ‘I’m the only ac­tress who said yes, right? Yeah I’ll do it. I’ll turn up.’ I’ve al­ways turned up. I’ll keep turn­ing up. Be­cause this is why I left home at nine to do An­nie in Lon­don.”

I come from a work­ing-class fam­ily in Wales and I worked to get where I am CATHER­INE ZETA-JONES FEELS NO NEED TO DOWNPLAY ACHIEVE­MENTS

DAR­LING With David Ja­son in 1992 DARK ROLE As a co­caine baroness

HAP­PILY MAR­RIED Proud Cather­ine with Michael Douglas at a re­cent wed­ding

OS­CAR WIN­NER Cather­ine gets gong for role in Chicago ACT­ING DY­NASTY Cather­ine with hus­band Michael, and chil­dren Dy­lan and Carys

SCREEN QUEEN Cather­ine at Cannes TV event

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