Catherine’s new movie ‘No Reservations’ opens on July 27th. Hooray!
Below are some excerpts from an interview with and article about Catherine that appeared in USA Today:
“Is it true that I put caviar and truffles in my hair to keep it glossy? Yes, I spend thousands of dollars. Michael buys me caviar and truffle oil treatments for my hair,” Zeta-Jones, 37, says with a dismissive snort.
“I’m not that dumb. If he was buying me caviar, it’d be in my stomach, not on my head.”
She’d like to do another musical, perhaps on Broadway, and has an adventure caper in the works, in which she’ll co-star with Douglas. That’s unusual because when Zeta-Jones works, Douglas usually stays home, and vice versa.
If both have to leave, Zeta-Jones’ parents mind the kids, Dylan, 6, and Carys, 4. In fact, everyone was on hand on the New York set of No Reservations, where Dylan had an out-of-body experience, Hicks says. “Her little boy was looking at the monitor, and Catherine’s stand-in was there with her back to the camera. He could only see the back of her head. He said, ‘There’s Mummy!’ And Michael said, ‘No, that’s Mummy’s stand-in.’ And Dylan said, ‘Oh, you mean I can marry her?’ ” Hicks recalls. “It’s so sweet. It’s every boy’s dream.”
The family’s reality is pretty dreamy already. They own homes in New York, Spain and Canada but spend most of their time at the estate in Bermuda with the kids. There, the kids can go to a regular school without attracting paparazzi lenses. When work calls, Zeta-Jones flies into Manhattan to do press and shop “like a crazy person,” she says.
‘I couldn’t ask for more’
She insists she and Douglas are otherwise homebodies. They read to the children, tuck them into bed and let them choose what’s on the family menu each Saturday. Recently, her son and daughter, who don’t get candy at home, started ordering Shirley Temples, she says with an exasperated laugh.
“The kids eat what the grown-ups eat. I’m very much like Kate about the fish sticks,” she says, referring to her character’s unwillingness to dumb down food for her niece. “I always cut the heads off (fish) and give it to them filleted, but no fish sticks.”
While she’s promoting No Reservations in Manhattan, Douglas and the kids are at their home in Spain.
Leaving them behind “is just a really hard thing to do. It never gets any better. It’s that initial thing of ‘Bye, Mama.’ It just kills me. I arrive in New York looking like a frog because it took me two hours into the flight to get it together.”
You won’t catch Dylan or Carys throwing tantrums on Supernanny.
“We’re both very big on manners. I get complimented on that, and it makes me very proud,” she says. “I was brought up in a fairly disciplined environment, and it stands you in good stead, especially with spotlights on kids who come from families who are known. But at the end of the day, if it came down to it, we’re strict in different ways. I would give in quicker than Michael. When he says no, he means no. When he makes a decision, that’s it. Done.”
It’s obvious that Zeta-Jones enjoys her brood, although she doesn’t plan on adding to it.
“Healthy, gorgeous, one of each, I couldn’t ask for more. I wanted three, and that equation has always been good. But Michael reminds me that I do have a stepson, Cameron (28), so technically I have three.”
She has parlayed her fame into lucrative endorsement deals. And unlike some stars, who do ads overseas but never in the States, she unabashedly shills for Elizabeth Arden, and until recently, urged viewers to “get more” in commercials for T-Mobile.
Endorsements are partly why she is a pit bull when it comes to protecting her image. She sued Hello! magazine for printing unauthorized photos of her wedding and Reno’s Spice House strip club for using her image on its website without authorization.
She doesn’t read most of what’s written about her, but she does find out about the most outlandish tales. There’s that story about the caviar and truffle oil treatments, which she finds ludicrous. But she’s not always able to laugh them off.
What really gets to her are the “real things, personal things.”
Among the rumors that aren’t so amusing: “There’s some preconceived notion that I married Michael for his money, or I swan around in kimonos, making big demands. It’s completely not the case,” she says. “I’ve been working since I was 11 — actually, since I was 10 — in one business that’s taken me through all my life. I just happened to meet my husband.”
But at the end of the day, with no reservations, she knows she’s blessed.
“I’ve had a great life. I wouldn’t let my children, as kids be in movies, but when they’re grown up, if they really want to do it, I can only say ‘Go for it.’ Look at what happened in my life.”