By peoplestaff225
Updated March 03, 2010 04:00 PM

Growing up as the son of legendary actor Kirk Douglas was anything but a fairytale for Michael Douglas, who remembers a man with an unwavering dedication to his career. Despite the difficult upbringing, Michael mirrored his father’s life when he and his first wife Diandra Luker welcomed their son Cameron.

“My priorities were very similar [to my father’s], career first,” Michael admits in the April issue of Vanity Fair. With his son facing sentencing for drug charges in April, the actor can only reflect on Cameron’s childhood.

“Anybody who has a relative or child in substance abuse has some idea of what this feels like. This is one of the worst-case scenarios,” he notes.

Years later, Michael — having followed in his father’s footsteps — was finally ready to start anew when he met his current wife, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, in 1998.

After announcing he planned to father her children during their first meeting — which intially turned her off! — the two eventually began a relationship, leading to their 2000 nuptials and the birth of Dylan Michael, 9 ½, and Carys Zeta, 6 ½.

And according to Catherine, Michael has been nothing short of a stellar dad the second time around. “I’m sure if he could breastfeed, he would have,” she laughs. “He has more time to spend with them and to focus on them.”

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That was made easier by the couple’s move to Bermuda, where they led a life far from the eyes of the paparazzi. However with both Catherine and Michael both stepping back into the spotlight — she on Broadway in A Little Night Music and he in his latest film, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps — the family of four has settled in New York City.

“They need to have a consistency and schedule in their life just like every other kid,” says Catherine of the recent move.

Source: Vanity Fair

— Anya