Catherine Zeta-Jones: 'I'm Not the First' to Balance Kids and Career
Catherine Zeta-Jones may walk the tightrope of work and motherhood, but is the first to point out that she’s one of many parents that face this challenge every day.
“People say to me a lot, ‘How’d you do it all? How’d you do it as a woman? You’re a wife, you’re a woman, you’re working.’ And I say, ‘I’m not the first woman to actually have children and work and be a wife. I’m not!'” the actress noted during a Monday visit to the Rachael Ray Show.
In fact, she admits the nature of her job generally makes the juggling act noticeably easier.
“You know, if anything I’m blessed because when I’m working it’s intense. I don’t get to see my kids half as much as I’d like to,” Zeta-Jones — mom to son Dylan Michael, 9 ½, and daughter Carys Zeta, 6 ½ — explains. “But when I’m not working, I am a stay-at-home mom.”
Fortunately, when the actress is working — the family recently moved to New York City for her role in Broadway’s A Little Night Music — husband Michael Douglas is more than happy to pick up the slack. “I must say, we try and take it in turns,” she reveals.
That said, Zeta-Jones laughs that their united front is no match for Carys.
“When my daughter dances around and cavorts like she’s 14, even though she’s six … my husband does question, ‘Do all little girls do that or is there something wrong with our daughter? Is that normal?'” she admits. “I go, ‘Yeah, I guess it’s normal. I don’t know, I’ve never had a daughter before! I guess so?'”
— Anya Leon