Wanting to focus on acting rather than “celebrity”, Catherine booked tickets to Los Angeles, where, after a series of smaller TV roles, she won her breakthrough show with Antonio Banderas in 1998. Zorro Mask, produced by Steven Spielberg. This is followed by trap with Sean Connery in 1999, and then Traffic in 2000, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination. In 2002, he returned to his first love, musical theatre, in the film version of Chicago opposite Renée Zellweger, won the Oscar for best supporting actress.
This series of projects has a common thread: “In my career, there has always been some aspect of beauty to it. I was ostracized for many years as a musical comedy actress. I’ve always wanted to play one of Helena Bonham Carter’s roles in that period drama. I dreamed of it, but it never really materialized. I thought I was too Welsh!”
The top lists for the “most beautiful” women have pressure, I say. “Oh, always. When I read scripts and character descriptions have the prefix ‘beautiful, stunning, beautiful’, it’s always scary. Personally, I would never consider myself beautiful, but my mother always told me to do the best of myself.”
During this time, his personal life also rose sharply in Hollywood betting. While promoting Zorro in 1998, he was introduced to Michael Douglas by mutual friends Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith, who were a couple at the time. If she was already considered a Hollywood red carpet favorite, her marriage to Douglas, 25 years her senior, cemented her position.
“I married Michael Douglas, who is considered Hollywood royalty because he is the son of Kirk Douglas, so it was my red carpet appearance,” she told me. (Michael’s stepmother, Anne, died days before our interview. In honor of her Instagram page, Catherine wrote: “Our loving matriarch, Anne Douglas, is now in the arms of her beloved husband, Kirk. 102 tough years. I love you with love. with all my heart Grandma.”)
Catherine and Michael had their first child, Dylan, in August 2000, and in November of the same year they married at The Plaza in New York. (The story goes that it was the longest wedding the legendary venue had ever hosted – they were supposed to finish at 6pm; instead it finished at 6am the next day.) They had Carys three years later and, for 12 years, raised their son. and her daughter in Bermuda – where Michael’s mother is from – away from the paparazzi.
“We want them to have a normal childhood, not be photographed going to school every day,” Catherine said. “We don’t want them to be on set with a tutor. If I worked, Michael would be at home with them, and vice versa.
“I am very aware that my children are very rooted, very grounded, and I have always been great at manners. I get compliments on how unaffected they are and that’s because they weren’t raised in Hollywood. We managed to retain some of their childhood longer than anyone else.”
After a series of famous films, including Twelve Seas and Terminal, Catherine took time off. Then, in 2010, Michael was diagnosed and cured of tongue cancer. She returned with success, especially when she played Olivia de Havilland in the 2017 miniseries Feud: Bette and Joan.
Dylan and Carys were at home – Dylan from college and Carys from boarding school in Europe – when the pandemic hit in early 2020. “What is interesting is being together as a family. It was really entertaining. I love having breakfast, lunch and dinner with them… Having them at home takes my husband and I back to a time when they were much younger.”
One of the things that concern her now is the impossible standard of beauty imposed on young women through social media. “I feel so sorry for my generation of daughters who are being flooded with images on social media with filters,” she said. “There is no real representation of a woman. I never grew up with it. I know for sure if I grew up in that world it would affect me.”
I asked him if he ever felt he needed to come out front. “There is a confidence that I sometimes have to wear when walking the red carpet. I have my insecurities like every other woman. But as I got older, I became much more confident about my appearance.”
“For years now I’ve been avoiding pretty roles, wishing for more real, real, warts-and-all characters to play. There are some interesting roles out there for women and it gets even better for women over a certain age.”
As for the anti-aging treatments she does: “I support whatever makes you happy. There are so many treatments now that don’t make you look like you just came down from Mars, so it’s back to confidence. Inner confidence is very empowering for women. Whatever it takes, do it.”
Catherine is now looking for scripts that have no description of the character’s appearance. “Most of the more interesting roles are not glamorous. For years now I’ve been drifting away from pretty roles, hoping for more characters that were more perfect, real, warts-and-all to play. There are some interesting roles out there for women and it gets even better for women over a certain age.”
He recently joined the crime drama cast The Prodigal Son, in which he played the “crazy and bad doctor” alongside fellow Welsh actor Michael Sheen. Even though they are only a year apart in age, and the two are very successful in Welsh exports, they have never met before filming The Prodigal Son. “I really wanted to work with Michael,” Catherine said. “It was like six degrees of separation – we knew so many of the same people! We had an amazing time working together.
“But I am ready to play a British role in England,” he added. “I always go back to England but I don’t go to London – I go straight to Wales to see family. I am a very homey type of person. My friends call me Cath. I talk to my mother every day, sometimes three times a day.
“It’s very important for me to have two sides of the world. I have friends who knew me before I was known internationally, people who have been with me throughout the journey. It takes those people to keep you grounded.”
In addition to her product line and acting roles, Catherine has also produced three projects, something she likes as “it gives you the opportunity to find work you really like and then work on it with the people you love. working with.
“That’s where I am now. I don’t want to work with assholes. I just want to work with really good people and do a good job.”
Stella Magazine, The Sunday Telegraph (United Kingdom)