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The Welsh star says she was "brushed aside" when she first attempted to break into Hollywood more than eight years ago
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Tough days now a thing of the past, Catherine says: "America has been really good to me"
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29 JUNE 2004

Now playing a flight attendant who falls for an overseas traveller stuck at a New York airport, Catherine Zeta-Jones has shared her own difficult experiences as a newcomer to the US.

Though these days she's one of Hollywood's hottest properties, the Welsh star says her intial attempt to break America eight years ago was met with a lukewarm reception.

"I was brushed aside when I first got here," she says. "It was a case of 'Why is she here? Where is she from?' We're all immigrants in this country. We're all from somewhere else."

But Catherine was up for the challenge, as she felt that her career could only blossom stateside. "I had to leave Wales because I was convinced that things could happen to me here," she says. The Darling Buds Of May star got her big break in the 1996 miniseries Titanic – a role which led to Steven Spielberg casting her in the star-making The Mask Of Zorro.

And it looks like her perseverance has paid off. "America has been really great to me," she says in the July issue In Style magazine. "It's not perfect, but it's much better that anywhere else in the world… I'm married to an American. My children are American. I'm going to wave the flag."

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