Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas’ daughter turns 17, here’s what we know about Carys Zeta Douglas
Catherine Zeta-Jones' daughter, Carys Zeta Douglas, turned 17 on Monday, April 20, and to commemorate the occasion, 'The Mask Of Zorro' actress posted a sweet throwback video of her daughter.
"CARYS!!! Is 17 today. What joy these years have brought me. You never cease to amaze me and my love for you is endless," the video was captioned.
It showed Carys dancing in a car, showing off her ballet skills, skiing at high speed and jumping into the water while on vacation. It also included an adorable moment of the teenager walking towards the Taj Mahal while holding hands with her father, Michael Douglas. In another portion of the video, she is seen doing no-handed cartwheels while on a trampoline.
Although she has uber-famous parents, the reason people are not that familiar with Carys might be because she was not brought up in the United States. Although she was born on April 20, 2003, at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey, she was raised in Bermuda where her grandmother, Diana Dill, was from and where they have a family home.
Once she moved to New York, she hated the paparazzi for following her everywhere and taking tons of pictures of her.
“I hated it. I used to get really upset. They would jump on the subway and sit right in front of me. I was, like, six. I was confused,” she said, Cheat Sheet reported. “That’s when I knew, ‘If this is going to be what it’s like, I need to focus on who I really am, and this is going to be something that’s just going to happen, and I can’t do anything about it.’”
She was also bullied in her childhood days because of the 25-year age gap between her parents. “People would be like, ‘Your grandpa’s here to pick you up,'” she said about getting teased in school.
She also had to learn not to believe everything that was written about her celebrity parents in the tabloids. “There’s this picture of my dad and it’s like, ‘Michael Douglas Cancer Again, Dying In a Month,’ ” she recalled. “I just started crying. I was like, ‘Why didn’t my parents tell me this?!’ Only it wasn’t true. People just always want a story to tell.”
After making her magazine cover debut in the September 2018 issue of Town and Country alongside her famous mom, she went on to appear in a number of fashion shoots, most recently for Fendi, which saw her and Catherine travel to Italy for the campaign.
Sharing the experience of working alongside her daughter, Catherine told Hello Magazine: "We are very close – we talk about everything. It’s really special – I am lucky. We are open and honest with each other."
At the same time, Carys added: "Our sense of humor is pretty similar so we are always laughing when we are together. My mother is, honestly, the funniest person I know."
Carys has a brother named Dylan and a half-brother named Cameron. Carys is extremely close to Dylan, who is enjoying spending quality time together at home over the past few weeks after returning from his student accommodation at Brown University, where he is completing his second year of college. Last week, he shared a video on Instagram of him entering his sister's room to announce the seemingly novel idea of a 'pocket chair' he had thought up.
She has no plans on becoming an actress like her mother. Instead, she is focused on creating her own brand, starting with her social media presence. She already has 124,000 followers on Instagram.
“When I was younger, I didn’t like the idea of having his name attached, this kind of ‘Douglas Dynasty’ stuff. I think what bothers me the most is that people think I don’t work hard for it, that I don’t need to work hard for it. That anything I do gets handed to me. When, honestly, I feel like it’s the opposite,” she said. “I feel I need to constantly prove myself to people — that I am not just my parents’ daughter.”