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Could the real Zeta Jones please stand up

Sep 24 2003

Daily Post

 

CATHERINE Zeta Jones is eager to distance herself from her latest big-screen role, a hard-nose gold digger in Intolerable Cruelty. The real Catherine Zeta Jones still wants us to believe she is the same simple, fresh-faced girl from the Welsh Valleys.

She's down to earth, a friend of the people, a dedicated mother and wife who just happens to be an Oscar winner married into one of the most influential Hollywood dynasties.

But for all her homely platitudes and friendly smiles, there is another side to Catherine Zeta Jones - the Hollywood diva, with expensive tastes, a sharp tongue and more front than Malibu seafront.

So which one is the real Catherine? The one who poses happily for photographers at premiers or the one who hates photographers and the press? Is it the woman who professes her undying love for Wales or the one who is more at home in LA and Bermuda?

Is the real Catherine the mother and actress with a charming Welsh accent who plays down her beauty? Or is she the superstar with a perfect American twang who revels in glamour, fame and marriage to Michael Douglas?

Becoming one of the most famous women on earth has changed Catherine, the daughter of a confectionary factory worker. From Zeta to diva? You decide...

ZETA "I'm just a normal girl. One of my brothers is a jobbing spark and the other brother's a rep. I come from a real family, I'm not from outer space."

DIVA "I love glamour and glitz, going to premieres dressed up and smiling and waving."

ZETA Asked what impresses her: "Well it certainly wouldn't be a car or anything materialistic."

DIVA "I'm the ultimate Hollywood babe. I drive a Range Rover with a cell phone, and if you need to reach me you can page me, beep me, fax me or e-mail me. And even if you do all of the above, I still might not return your call."

ZETA "I've got a broken nose, freckles. I have broken capillaries around my eyes, and my neck's funny from an operation."

DIVA "I have flaws, but they're too deep to be seen."

ZETA "I'm not obsessed with myself, and I try not to rely on any kind of beauty."

DIVA "I never leave home without my make-up bag."

ZETA "I used to go around looking as frumpy as possible because it was inconceivable you could be attractive as well as be smart."

DIVA "I don't want to sound arrogant, but I'm aware that I'm an attractive woman. I'm sure a lot of men at home still have my poster up on their wall or stuck to the lid of their tool box or something."

ZETA "If some people in the media think they can make fun of you, let them, and just laugh it off... you have to take the good press with the bad."

DIVA "I just want to warn them (the press) that I've saved my sword from The Mask of Zorro and that I know how to use it."

ZETA "I love going to movie premieres and waving at the crowd and having my picture taken."

DIVA "I cannot wait to nail the photographers who pictured us."

ZETA "If I turn up at a premiere with my breasts hanging out, I'm doing it for a reason: I'm promoting my work."

DIVA "I love anonymity. It's nice to walk down the street and not be pointed at."

ZETA Asked where the Zeta part of her name come from: "People think I've put it in there to be more exotic, but it's not true. Anyway, there were about six other Catherine Joneses in my class at school."

DIVA "It was either a boat that my grandfather sailed, or a stripper he encountered on his travels."

ZETA In Wales it's brilliant. I love it there. I want Dylan to know that it is part of him.

DIVA On her decision to bring her children up in Bemuda: "Bermuda is a very close-knit world and extremely private. I can go in and out to my doctor without being photographed."

ZETA On nudity in films: "If the film required it, then I'd do it, absolutely. In a film where there's a big love affair, and I have to make love to a man - inevitably they'd take their clothes off."

DIVA "I want to play more complex roles which aren't reliant on having a great pair of breasts."

ZETA "I was never ruthless and I don't intend to get that way. I love my work and I'm very professional but it's not the be all and end all."

DIVA "I've always been the first person to hold my hand up and say I'm ambitious. That's why I came from Wales, and that's why I'm here."

ZETA "I'm always scared, I never sleep the night before I start a movie, I have no idea what I'm gonna do, just terrified. And kind of star-struck too."

DIVA "I never doubted myself. I always knew in my heart this was my business, this is what I need to do."

ZETA "I was born to play Velma. She's so bitter and twisted, so tongue-in-cheek and so sexy. Here is my chance to cavort in sexy stockings and suspenders, bra and knickers.

DIVA "There's parts of my body I wouldn't show or simulation of sex that I wouldn't want to do... because I don't want to be embarrassed by anything that I do."

ZETA "Let's get it out there, while it lasts. At 70, I'll be throwing them over my shoulders."

DIVA "I don't go into the triple-X sites. I'm certainly not going to pay money to see myself naked, when I can just go into the bathroom and whip it off, for free."

ZETA "No one wants someone who behaves badly. I know for sure that before I was cast opposite Sean Connery, he called around everybody and anybody to find out, 'Is she okay? Am I going to want to kill her?' I guess I passed the test."

DIVA "I'm definitely ruled by my emotions. I'm pretty volatile as well - maybe that's the Welsh in me. I can rage and shout and then forget about it immediately. People I'm in love with can be daunted by that."

ZETA "I always hate even saying juggling... how could I possibly juggle my children and my husband, the love of my life. If something would have to go its certainly not husband or kids. Obvious choice - goodbye career."

DIVA "I'm really happy to be spending time with my husband and my baby - and looking for the next one, the next job, the next baby, juggling away."

ZETA "I have a profound protection instinct for this little one (Dylan). I look at him now, and for the first time in my life, I have something that I would do as much as I possibly can to protect."

DIVA "I'm told you spend the first two years desperate for your kids to talk, and then the rest of their lives telling them to shut up."

ZETA "What's important to me is to have a big career, but a bigger life. I don't want to be looking back on my life and going, 'Where was I then? Was it when I did this movie?' I want to say, 'That was when my child was born', or 'When my husband and I did this'."

DIVA "I want to be known as an actress, not a Hollywood wife."

ZETA "I'd want to be bathed in a massive hot tub first, then rubbed down with warmed herbal oils and after that have an endless foot and back massage performed by my expert lover with his masterful hands."

DIVA "Words impress me. If a man can speak eloquently and beautifully to me, I just melt on the floor."

ZETA "The only thing better than sex, is sex with chocolate on top."

DIVA On marriage to Michael: "I feel like I'm the nun in this relationship."

ZETA "Older men come on to me all the time, and I'm really happy about that. I really like them. Older men know more about life and what's going on. Beautiful boys are far too interested in making themselves look beautiful. At the beach, I'm more likely to be attracted to a guy no one else notices, sitting far off, under an umbrella reading a book."

DIVA On what first attracted her to her husband: "Humour, and that wonderful word called 'charisma'. You cannot translate it. I can't nail it on the head, other than to just say that I'm completely over the top about my husband."

 
 

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