Catherine Zeta-Jones’ Kids Are All Grown Up – And They Look Just Like Their Gorgeous Mom

Catherine Zeta-Jones and her husband Michael Douglas usually prefer to keep a low profile. More recently, however, the Welsh actress has been open to giving fans a glimpse into her family life. And her Instagram activity has revealed that her two children are the spitting image of their celebrity parents.

Hollywood star Catherine Zeta-Jones first became a mom in 2000 when she gave birth to son Dylan Michael. And their first-born arrived just three months before his parents walked down the aisle together in a New York ceremony. Then three years later Dylan got a little sister with the arrival of Carys Zeta.

Remarkably, Carys joined her mom at the Academy Awards stage while she was still in the womb. Zeta-Jones was eight months pregnant when she was crowned Best Supporting Actress for her turn in musical Chicago as Velma Kelly. The star also showed off her very visible baby bump in a performance at the ceremony alongside co-star Queen Latifah.

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Of course, Zeta-Jones is also a stepmother to a man less than a decade younger than her. The oft-troubled Cameron Douglas was born in 1978 from the marriage of Hollywood star Michael and his producer first wife Diandra. Luckily, Zeta-Jones appears to have unequivocally earned the familial seal of approval.

In a 2013 interview with WalesOnline, Cameron said, “[Zeta-Jones] is someone who has cemented the family together. I’ve never seen my father as happy as he is with her. People see this image of her and she’s someone who puts on her game face when she goes out. But when she is away from the spotlight she’s down-to-earth and totally into bringing the family together at every opportunity.”

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So how did the two A-listers end up falling in love? Well, they first met at the Deauville Film Festival in 1996 where Zeta-Jones was on the promotional trail for The Mask of Zorro and Douglas was for A Perfect Murder. The actress later revealed to Larry King, “I had been told Michael Douglas wanted to meet me. I was a little nervous because I didn’t quite know what he wanted to meet me about.”

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Despite the notable 25-year age gap, the pair hit it off immediately and eventually went public with their relationship. Douglas decided to ask for Zeta-Jones’ hand in marriage on Millennium Eve and thankfully she accepted. By this point, the pair had also revealed they were going to become parents.

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The couple said “I do” at a star-studded ceremony at New York City’s Plaza Hotel in November 2000, and there was certainly no expense spared. The bride’s dress – designed by David Emanuel – reportedly cost a whopping $250,000. Meanwhile, Sean Connery, Sharon Stone and Danny DeVito were just a few of the pair’s former co-stars who were in attendance.

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The newlyweds may have forked out seven-figure sums for their wedding ceremony, but their honeymoon was a little more low-key. In fact, they spent their first few weeks as a married couple looking after their baby son in their own apartment. Both Zeta-Jones and Douglas agreed in an interview with Reuters, “It doesn’t get better than this.”

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Interestingly, Douglas and Zeta-Jones had decided to settle in Bermuda before welcoming daughter Carys into the world in 2003. The former explained to Architectural Digest, “There’s real solace in returning to this tiny island where I have so many relatives – probably 70 – in one place. To me, Bermuda is a real family spot.”

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The couple enjoyed several happy years on the island before moving back to the New York town of Bedford in the late 2000s. They soon regretted their decision, though, as the prying eyes of the paparazzi reportedly made their daily lives a misery. And both Zeta-Jones and Douglas soon gave the tabloids plenty more to talk about.

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Sadly, in 2010 Douglas discovered he had throat cancer. Referring to his radiation and chemotherapy treatments, the Basic Instinct star told People, “It really knocks you out.” Zeta-Jones added, “The hardest part is seeing his fatigue, because [Douglas] is never tired… If there’s anything [that he] has, it’s strength.” Thankfully, the veteran actor was given the all-clear within a year.

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Douglas’ son from his previous marriage then made headlines when he was given a five-year prison sentence for heroin possession and methamphetamine distribution. Cameron Douglas actually served extra time after continuing his drug-smuggling activities while inside. He subsequently went on to hail his stepmother for helping him survive his darkest days.

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The family’s woes continued in April 2011 when it was revealed that Zeta-Jones had sought treatment for her bipolar II disorder. The actress told InStyle, “I’m not the kind of person who likes to shout out my personal issues from the rooftops. But with my bipolar becoming public, I hope fellow sufferers will know it’s completely controllable.”

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Zeta-Jones’ mental health issues made the news again two years later when she once again checked herself into a treatment facility. Douglas told People that he couldn’t be prouder of his wife for seeking help when needed. He told the magazine, “She’s doing a really good job of getting balanced.”

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The pair then shocked the world just four months on when they revealed they were separating. Thankfully, the couple managed to work out their differences and by the end of the year had reunited. Douglas told The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2015, “I think every couple has their difficult times. The only problem is, as you well know, we’re all in the public eye and it tends to get a little more exposed than most.”

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Zeta-Jones also commented on how tough it can be to keep a long-term relationship going in a 2016 chat with Good Housekeeping. She said, “It’s a long road, and I think people today are so quick to throw in the towel on marriage. You have to give it your best shot and not give up when the first problem arises, because that won’t be the last problem. There will be many more down the road.”

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Later that same year Douglas reiterated his wife’s comments in an interview with AARP. He said, “It took work on both our parts. I don’t think there’s much chance of fixing a relationship if one of you is already out the door.” Thankfully, the pair have managed to stay out of the headlines in recent times and are instead letting their careers do the talking.

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For his part, Douglas has enjoyed success as the star of the Emmy-nominated Netflix comedy The Kominsky Method. Zeta-Jones, meanwhile, has added the likes of Queen America and Cocaine Godmother: The Griselda Blanco Story to her impressive filmography. Of course, the Welsh actress’ career began far away from the hills of Hollywood.

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Zeta-Jones first came to attention in her late teens when she landed a part in West End musical 42nd Street. She then became a household name in her native U.K. when she played Mariette in the hugely popular period drama The Darling Buds of May. This role led to big screen parts in the likes of Christopher Columbus: The Discovery and Splitting Heirs.

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After briefly attempting a pop music career, Zeta-Jones played the eponymous Empress of Russia in TV movie Catherine the Great. She also starred opposite Ewan McGregor and Sean Pertwee in the surfing dramedy Blue Juice. But it was with 1998’s The Mask of Zorro that the actress entered Hollywood’s radar.

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Zeta-Jones lit up the screen playing opposite Anthony Hopkins and Antonio Banderas in the swashbuckling adventure. Shortly after, she played Sean Connery’s partner in crime in Entrapment and picked up her first Golden Globe nod with her performance as a drug lord wife in Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic. Further awards glory would soon follow, too.

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Yes, just two years later Zeta-Jones got the chance to make an acceptance speech on the Academy Awards stage. For the Welsh native was crowned Best Supporting Actress thanks to her performance as Velma Kelly in the hit adaptation of Broadway musical Chicago. A heavily pregnant Zeta-Jones also got the chance to showcase her singing talents on the night.

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Zeta-Jones initially chose to capitalize on her Oscar-winning success. She appeared alongside Tom Hanks in true life drama The Terminal and joined a star-studded cast that included George Clooney and Brad Pitt in hit sequel Ocean’s Twelve. However, as the 2000s progressed, cinemagoers started to see less of the Welsh wonder.

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Zeta-Jones became choosier with her film roles after she and her family settled in Bermuda. Unfortunately, those she did select didn’t exactly help sustain her glittering career. Harry Houdini biopic Death Defying Acts and romantic comedies No Reservations and The Rebound all failed to set the box office alight.

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Zeta-Jones, however, did get the chance to add to her trophy cabinet when she returned to the stage. In 2010 she picked up a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway revival of A Little Night Music. The star then continued to combine her love of acting and music with the 2012 Rock of Ages movie adaptation.

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After showing up in action movie Red 2, Zeta-Jones headed back to Britain to star in the big-screen version of the classic sitcom Dad’s Army. Then, in 2017 she portrayed the iconic Olivia de Havilland in Feud – Ryan Murphy’s take on the legendary rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Like de Havilland, Zeta-Jones has always been considered the height of glamor, too.

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In fact, in 2008 Zeta-Jones was crowned the world’s most beautiful woman in a poll conducted by Nephria cosmetics. And in a statement, company representative Charlotte Newbert argued that the Welsh native was a worthy winner. She said, “[Zeta-Jones] oozes style and grace and her natural beauty just shines through. It’s encouraging that so many of the women are in their 30s and 40s, which just shows you don’t have to be young to be beautiful.”

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And it appears as though Zeta-Jones’ daughter Carys has inherited her mother’s natural beauty. In July 2020 the Oscar winner uploaded a snap of her youngest in barefoot and a white satin dress to Instagram simply captioned, “My girl, in the garden.” And many of her followers couldn’t get over the resemblance.

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“She is so beautiful, just like you… and I’m sure on the inside as much on the outside,” remarked a particularly complimentary fan. Another responded, “I honestly [thought] that was you Catherine Zeta-Jones – spitting image and just as beautiful! Thank you for sharing.” One user also commented, “I can see Michael [Douglas] in her but your hair.”

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Zeta-Jones had previously shown how closely she resembles her daughter in 2017 when the pair graced a Michael Kors fashion show. A year later mom and daughter got everyone talking again when they showed up at a New York City event staged by Dolce & Gabbana. And then in 2019 Zeta-Jones and her youngest were photographed for the cover of Vanity Fair Spain.

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Carys – who attends school in Switzerland – has also worked alongside her mother on a fashion shoot in Italy for Fendi. The youngster told Hello! magazine in May 2020, “We had so much fun. The team played music the whole time. Luckily enough, we have the same taste in music so we were listening to all classic rock and disco as we shot and were dancing between takes.”

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But what about Carys’ older brother? Well, in December 2019 Zeta-Jones uploaded a heartwarming snap to Instagram of a family trip to Africa. And once again, many of her followers couldn’t stop commenting on the parental resemblance. Only this time around, it was Douglas that son Dylan was being compared to.

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Unlike his sister, Dylan hasn’t yet shown any signs of following in his parents’ showbiz footsteps. The youngster has instead been busy studying at Brown University in Rhode Island. In 2018 Zeta-Jones shared footage of the family helping Dylan to settle in at the Ivy League college before making an emotional farewell.

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But Dylan still has acting ambitions, according to Zeta-Jones. Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, she said, “I’m all for it. A lot of people ask me, ‘What do you think about that?’ Well, yeah, I could give them statistics of who becomes successful and who doesn’t… I could say, ‘You know, you’ll never get work.’ But I’m not that kind of person. I’ve had a fabulous life as an actress. I’m excited for them to start on this journey, too.”

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In a 2018 interview with Town & Country magazine Zeta-Jones revealed that she couldn’t be happier with how her two children have turned out. She said, “What I instilled in my kids – and I’m very, very proud of it – is manners. There’s nothing worse than a privileged kid without manners. I drilled it into them like boot camp.”

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Thanks to the global situation, Zeta-Jones got to spend far more time than usual with her two offspring in 2020. And she told People magazine in July that she’s enjoyed every minute. The actress said, “All of a sudden we were all back together again. And I have to say, I loved it. I really loved it.”

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Furthermore, Zeta-Jones also has two significant milestones to celebrate that same year. In August her son turned 20 years old, while three months later she and her husband will reach the 20th wedding anniversary mark. So, how exactly are the two Hollywood superstars planning to commemorate such a momentous occasion?

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Well, celebrations will definitely be of a low-key nature. Zeta-Jones told People, “We won’t be doing any great big party. Not that I’m a big party fan anyway. It would be nice to get all our friends together in one space, but we’re not doing that until we’re completely out of the woods.”

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But first, Zeta-Jones has to prepare herself for sending her kids back into the big wide world. Alongside a sweet Instagram pic of Dylan and Carys posted in September 2020, the actress wrote, “Today both our young adults go back to studying. In different, unprecedented ways. I love you both… And to all kids out there. Knowledge is the key to life. So battle through. This too shall pass.”

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