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'There's no sham in being a glam mam'

Sep 21 2003

Wales on Sunday


CATHERINE Zeta Jones revealed that she'd love to play a totally unglamorous role - and prove she can do it without the make-up and glitz.

Julia Roberts did it in Mary Reilly and Cameron Diaz dressed down in Being John Malkovich.

Zeta said: "I wish I'd done it already since it's not something I'm known for. But that doesn't make you a better actor!

"I love the fact that people think once you take off the eye make-up you're an actor. And if you don't wear lipstick you're really a serious actress. And the uglier you are, the better you are.

"I never got that. At the beginning of my career, an agent - who of course I no longer have - suggested I should wear less make-up and look more frumpy to be taken more seriously. So I went and didn't get one job.

"So I said screw this, it's a waste of time - and then I got Zorro. You'd be surprised how many people think you must be a serious actress if you're not a good looker which is the biggest bull***t I ever heard in my life."

Catherine will soon start work on her next film - a role in Steven Spielberg's The Terminal, opposite Tom Hanks.

But she's remaining tight-lipped about the details.

She said: "I'm sworn to secrecy and he'll sack me if I say a word. Anyway, I haven't got the final script yet."

Hubby Michael got one of his Academy Awards for producing One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and Catherine said she believes in taking control of her own career.

She said: "I have a production company and three projects in development, all of them with me in it. I'm always proactive because there's such little material out there. You've got to go out there and instigate yourself, find books, get in galleys, nurture it, protect it.

"I have something for when I'm 40 or 50. So when they call me with empty hands I will say, 'You know what, I've got something on my own'."


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