Catherine Zeta Jones is trying to nepotize her 15-year-old daughter Carys


For the celebrity parent, there are many different paths you can take if you want to leverage your own name and fame into getting your child some kind of career. Catherine Zeta Douglas has chosen the Cindy Crawford route, I think. The Cindy Method is “organizing a magazine cover with yourself and your daughter, in the hopes of jumpstarting your daughter’s modeling career.” Carys Douglas is only 15 years old, and this is her first-ever magazine cover. I can already feel Catherine’s attempts to make Carys have either a modeling career or an acting career. This issue of Town & Country is the “Modern Swans” issue, meaning Carys is being promoted as “the daughter of Hollywood royalty and rising actress herself.” Yeah, I see you, Zeta. Some highlights from Town & Country:

Carys didn’t know her dad was famous: “I thought my dad was a pancake maker. I didn’t know he was an actor. Honestly.”

On adjusting to the paparazzi and defining who she is in the public eye: “I used to get really upset. They [paparazzi] would jump on the subway and sit right in front of me. I was like, six. I was confused. 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.”

On having to prove herself being a part of the Douglas Dynasty: “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. I feel I need to constantly prove myself to people – that I am not just my parents’ daughter.”

On how she and mother bond over fashion: “Fashion has been so important in my life, because my mom is like a fashion icon to me. I’m always looking through her closet.”

What Catherine Zeta-Jones is most proud of in her children: “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. The teenage years…She [Carys] knows she cannot roll her eyes at me, or huff and puff around me. I never did it to my mother; and she’s not doing it to me.”

[From Town & Country]

You guys… I have no desire to criticize a 15 year old. It’s not her fault at all. She’s just a kid. But I’m really going to need all of the Nepotist Models and Nepotist Actors to stop with this bullsh-t. Carys is 15 years old, she doesn’t even have an IMDB page, she doesn’t even HAVE an acting career, and I guarantee that 99.9% of the population wouldn’t have been able to pick her out of a line-up before now, and she’s out here saying sh-t like “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” and “I feel I need to constantly prove myself to people – that I am not just my parents’ daughter.” Baby girl, you’re 15 and your mom is trying to get you a career by agreeing to this Town & Country cover shoot. Again, it’s not her fault – this is how ALL of the nepotists speak nowadays, from the Hadids to the Jenners to the Gerbers. They all give interviews about how hard they work and nothing was ever handed to them and if anything, THEY HAVE TO WORK HARDER. It’s like it comes in some kind of handbook for these second or third-generation celebrity kids.


Photos courtesy of Victor Demarchelier for Town & Country, sent from promotional email.

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  1. TaniaOG says:

    Yup, I’m sure Town and country will put any of our daughters on the cover of their magazine! Lol

    • Jan90i067 says:

      “…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”…

      Forgive any typos as my eyes rolled so hard they popped out onto the floor and I’m typing blind!

      FFS HOW STUPID do these people think we are?? She thought her dad “was a pancake maker”?? Oh sure hon… Have a bridge you want me to buy, too?

      I know she’s only 15, but c’mon!!! It kills me, when there are so many talented kids out there trying to get a break in these businesses (modeling, acting, etc) that will NEVER get a chance because of these Nepo-kids. And please don’t tell me it just gets them in the door, they have to have talent to continue… yeah, that’s not really true. They will get chance after chance to keep coasting along in their mediocrity.

      Go away and get a real education first, Carys. And if you ARE talented, in any art, THEN come back and give it a try.

      • FUBAR says:

        Ha Ha Ha … a pancake make with nannie, cook, maid, gardner, drive who shops in the most exspensive stores and only eats at the top rated restaurants and goes to private school. And this girl has never rode on the subway.

      • holly hobby says:

        She forgot that she went to plenty of movie premieres when she was younger. I’ve seen the press photos. I’m pretty sure she knew her folks were famous at an early age.

      • smcollins says:

        @holly hobby and the fact that she also talked about being followed by paparazzi when she was only six. I’m also pretty sure she’s been well aware of her family’s status in Hollywood from a very young age. I know she’s young and probably trying to sound “normal,” but it’d be so much more refreshing if she just owned the fact that she comes from a very famous and well-connected family. But like I said, she’s still young so maybe one day she will.

      • Peanutbuttr says:

        Actually, a few months ago we interviewed a celeb’s kid for an internship position. She never actually said who her parents were but we found out (well after her resume had already been screened by HR) when we asked people from her university if they knew her

        She was a good candidate and had the technical skills to work in our department and did well in the interview. But we took another candidate.

      • Christin says:

        Do pancake makers host annual golf tournaments in Vegas?

        Oh little cupcake, when you were a baby, I arrived in Vegas after hours of cross-country air travel, to find my upgraded room (reserved weeks in advance to attend a conference held at the hotel) had been given away to someone attending Pancake Maker Daddy’s little golf event attendees. They tried to put me in a room that basically had a cot level with the floor instead of a normal bed. All because of a nepotism guy’s little outing.

        Magically, they found us another room that was what had actually been served. Yet it wasted two hours of my limited time to find out exactly what had happened and get it resolved.

      • FLORC says:

        This whole argument of sheltering your kids from fame in contrast to their later comments of not knowing about the game falls flat on me.
        I’ve known and know a handful of celeb couples kids. The few in this group raised sheltered… their world is a warped bubble. And it might take years and tears to have a realistic and healthy grasp on what the world is for many compared to what they know it as.

        On the other side of the coin those kids raised aware. Maybe even partially aware. Those are well adjusted. Yea there are struggles, but still… they were never lied to or sheltered from everything to avoid realizing their parents were famous celebs.

        This whole thing… the interview seems so disconnected.

      • billypilgrim says:

        So she thought her dad was a pancake flipper, while at a young age was “burdened” by the Douglas Dynasty?

        Yeah right.
        Bye Felicia

        My crystal ball shows plastic surgery in this one’s future. She looks fine, but not Hollywood or catwalk material.

    • raincoaster says:

      Well, if you’re white.

    • anony says:

      Town and Country has had a long history of featuring famous and/or wealthy generations of families in their pages and on the covers, often movie actors but also non-actor upper-crust families such as the Rockefellers, Auchinclosses, Kennedys, Trumps, etc.

    • j says:

      This reminds me of the speech Mitt Romney gave about that one semester in college where he ate off an ironing board because he didn’t have a table. #struggle.

    • Carol says:

      Why would Town and Country put a non- famous person on the cover? I don’t get the anger towards an article on Carys and her mother. Or why that would bother someone . Not all celebrity kids are spoiled brats anyways.

  2. Mia4s says:

    Ugh. Seriously would it kill these mothers to wait until their daughters are 18 and have graduated high school after a nice, unexamined and free experience? I mean, are this girl and Kaia Gerber suddenly going to be repulsively ugly at 18? Sure some men would think so…but if you’re catering to those men? Go to hell. Honestly this pimping out of underage daughters for public attention (when you’re already incredibly rich) is just disgusting.

    • Jan90i067 says:

      It’s in good part for their OWN attention, more so than the kids’: “Oh, look at me! Don’t I look MARVELOUS to have a child this old? If not for MY beauty, my child wouldn’t be doing this work!” FEH.

      • Queenb says:

        This. Its mothers living through their kids.

      • Sigh... says:

        100% extension of the parent’s(s’) fame.

        Most of these kids don’t even seem “present”/engaged in the one thing their parents have embarrassed themselves by shoving the spotlight on them to do, while insisting THEIR kids are prodigies/naturals. We end up with their acting-for-actors checklist skills, “pictures-takin’,” this-is-my-face modeling, etc.

      • Cray cray says:

        I have to say this Zeta Jones looks old to have a 15-year old.P

    • Lara K says:

      Kaia Gerber looks EXACTLY like Rachel Bilson. It’s a little disturbing. But she does sort of have some ability to model.
      This girl is so basic – let her develop herself and then trot her out. Putting her in the spotlight is doing her a huge disservice.

      • Still_Sarah says:

        Indeed. At 15 years old, of course she is basic. In her sheltered world, has she even been allowed to go to the corner store by herself? That is a bit sarcastic and I don’ want to slag her but at her age, I do not see what accomplishments she has “worked hard for”. Tell her parents to just let her be a teenager in peace. I know Zeta Jones was scrambling from an early age to be a success in show biz (and she succeeded greatly) but her daughter doesn’t have to. And speaking of ZJ, what has she done to her face (again)? It’s good work but you know it’s not how she would look on her own.

    • minx says:

      And I’m not really understanding this—is CZJ trying to promote her as a model, an actress, or both? Probably just as an all-purpose celebrity? She doesn’t seem to have the height for a model, and girls usually are close to their adult height by 15—my daughter, my sister and I were all 5’ 11” when we hit 14. As far as acting…is she in any youth productions or acting school? That’s why it just seems like such a lazy, opportunistic move: Here’s our daughter! Somebody sign her up!

      • Macko says:

        I think this is like early days debutant ball. You know, my daughter now in the age of getting married. Now it is like, my daughter is 15 now we have a cover of xy magazine and we will see. They open a door and see who is the first walking in. Is it a bigger designer house? Done she is a model now. It is a film producer? Ok she will have an acting career. We will see! Can baerly wait to see Gwineth Paltrow cover in one or two years!

      • Wilder says:

        Macko, I was coming to say the same thing. Apple Martin is 14 this year. I give it one year before she and Gwyneth are on a cover together, and until Apple is the Emmy’s girl (the celeb daughter chosen every year to hand out the awards).

  3. Neelyo says:

    Most of these modern day Mama Roses didn’t come from money so you’d think they’d want their own children to have some sort of work ethic.

    The ‘I’ve had to work so hard all my life’ trope sounds ridiculous whether you’re a celebrity offspring or an American Idol contestant. The only time that should be used is accepting a lifetime achievement award.

    And maybe she’ll be a beauty in a couple of years, but right now I just see an okay looking adolescent with nice hair.

    • Lady D says:

      I thought she would be stunning too, not that there is anything wrong with her looks. Perhaps in a few years. I guess I expected less normal looks, more a younger version of CZJ.

      • Chrissy says:

        Exactly. Her mom was a beautiful teenager. (See the tv series Darling Buds of May). Why she would put her a average looking 15 year old daughter through the public scrutiny is just cruel. What’s wrong with letting her be a normal teenager?

      • minx says:

        I looked up Darling Buds of May and CZJ was gorgeous. Seems like the kids ended up like a lot do—the son looks like the mom and the girl looks like the dad. It happened with my kids and many others I know.

      • Olive says:

        @minx exactly, Carys’ brother Dylan is the one who looks like CZJ and he’s much more striking looking… Carys looks like her dad and unfortunately a female version of Michael Douglas doesn’t translate to model looks. It’s too bad CZJ apparently can’t let go of her own glory days long enough to steer her daughter in a different direction towards a career where the public won’t be so hard on her both for not having earned any success she finds, AND for looking quite average.

        It is the same with the Gerber kids, aside from her hair and coloring, Kaia looks like her dad (he was a model too though), whereas Presley looks just like Cindy (even down to the mole) and he’s very, very good looking.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      “And maybe she’ll be a beauty in a couple of years, but right now I just see an okay looking adolescent with nice hair.”

      yeah, she’s pretty, and she really looks like her dad, but she doesn’t have that something special to model. but, then, neither do a LOT of nepo-models these days.

      and WTH did Zeta Jones do to her face? I think it’s mostly her eyes but DAYUM she looks diff.

      • minx says:

        She looks like her father and Michael Douglas is average looking.

      • holly hobby says:

        Yep she took after Michael Douglas. Her brother has the ZJ gene. He looks more like his mom. It’s strange that CZJ is doing that push on the girl. She let the son graduate from high school and he’s going off to college in the Fall (yeah I follow CZJ Facebook page). He got to live a normal life. I’m not sure who’s idea it is to push the girl into modeling. She is ok for a teen. She does not have her mother’s looks where you would pay attention if she walked by.

        Yeah CZJ has been looking hard for years now. Such a shame.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        WHA…? I know he’s older so he’s lost some of his hotness, but a young Michael Douglas was SMOKIN’.

        did you not see Romancing the Stone?! ;)

      • tealily says:

        Yeah, she just looks like some kid.

      • Dara says:

        Thank you @whatWHAT? Smokin’ hot back in the day! A local television station aired reruns of Streets of San Francisco just in time for me to catch it after school. Twelve year-old me thought Det. Steven Keller was a dish!

      • anony says:

        Did not recognize CZJ on the cover. Never saw her with such a strong jaw before, I’m used to her having a more rounded face/jaw. I know it’s the absence of, or shifting of facial fat that comes with aging, but she looks unrecognizable to me.

      • Deering says:

        Dara—yeah, boy. Me and a classmate had the biggest crush on him.

      • noway says:

        She’s a pretty girl, and it does bug me every time one of these parents decide to pimp their kid out people bash the kid for not being the same level of beauty as their parent. This is on the parent, not the kid. She’s 15 what the hell does she know about any of this or what she wants to do. Seriously, it must kind of suck, but then again these kids have opportunities others don’t so not feeling too bad for them.

        Yes and stop with the I work so hard for this. I’m sorry I can think of very little in today’s society where a 15 year old kid is working so hard for anything, maybe olympic athlete, and certainly, not one who is as privileged as her. Obviously, with a lot of these people we need to redefine working hard.

    • magnoliarose says:

      I have issues with mothers who are considered way above average beauties at their peak pushing their average looking children into the limelight to be judged physically. I don’t like to critique children’s looks and normally don’t but she is being pushed out there to be judged harshly so I don’t feel guilty thinking what I think. I also don’t think I am alone.
      For one I don’t get why any of these women would want their daughters to face the cruelty. They have eyes and must know how unkind this whole exercise will be for them. What is the psychology behind doing this? Is it ego? A narcissistic urge to see a part of themselves relive their heydays?
      So when I look at her I see a girl that the camera does not love. She is very stiff, too short and looks like she is 12. She is also very average. There is nothing wrong with not being model material. There are a thousand other ways to be attractive and even more ways to be accomplished. But when you put yourself in that category then the judgements are going to be often cruel and unforgiving.

      Why do this? Really. I want to know. And SHAME on Michael and Catherine for doing this.

      • Christin says:

        She’s part of a dynasty, darling. She has “it” because Gramps was a scoundrel, I mean, actor, of the 1950s. And Daddy made some headlines of his own with his previous marriage implosion.

        Mummy didn’t have to worry about awkward teen years, so that part likely escapes her empathy.

      • AnneC says:

        It says a lot about the mother who does this kind of stuff. Their own insecurities and narcissism of pushing their dna (usually daughters) and basking in the reflected glory.

      • Morrissey says:

        I feel horrible for even thinking this, but… my mother was a great beauty when younger. Stunning. I took a little longer to grow into my looks. My mother, when around, would delight in knowing and hearing that I wasn’t as lovely as herself. When time went on, my mother, when around, delighted in knowing and hearing that I now *was* as lovely as herself.
        I’m just wondering if the comparisons, positive AND negative, aren’t still a similar win/win situation for CZJ. If Carys is deemed a beauty, it is undoubtedly because of her own beauty; if Carys is deemed lesser than her mother, that’s a huge ego boost to her own beauty too.
        I really hope this isn’t the case, but it is possible.

    • letstalk says:

      If I could marry this comment, I would.

      • horseandhound says:

        I agree with you. An awesome comment. I really can’t understand why every single celeb kid has to be a model nowadays. if I had parents that rich there’s no way I’d be a model. Imagine the education, the opportunities you can get with that kind of money. She could be a painter, a biologist, a photographer, a manager, a cook, whateverrrr she wanted to be.

    • RedWeatherTiger says:

      In the black and white pic, she looks like her father is Keanu Reeves. Not an insult…I love Keanu.

    • anony says:

      She has the soft, sulky look that is popular right now. As someone else has noted, she has those Douglas dreamy eyes. I think if she goes into the movies that will def be an asset. I love the dress she is wearing in the solo pic.

    • Montréalaise says:

      I’ve known several people who started with nothing but became very successful by working very, very hard – yet instead of instilling a work ethic in their kids, their attitude is ”I had to struggle so hard that I want my kids to have it easy and get everything they want!”. They don’t realize that their struggles made them the successes they are today and kids for whom everything just falls into their lap will rarely achieve anything on their own.

  4. Anners says:

    She’s a pretty girl, but doesn’t have a personality that comes through in photos – she’s kind of blank. Not at all a fan, but CZJ outshines her daughter on the cover page. She knows how to “smize”.

    Also, saints preserve us from kids born on third base who earnestly try to convince us of how hard they had to run home. Please. So many of us never even step foot inside the stadium. (I don’t sport, so hopefully that analogy works)

  5. Becks1 says:

    I think the interview itself is annoying, but I love that cover picture. I have always thought CZJ was one of the most beautiful people in Hollywood and I like that she has looked like she has aged in that picture (aged well, but aged.) I’m not sure how she looks IRL at this point – if they were doing some “reverse” photoshop to take away any work she has had done lol – but she looks great there. And geez Carys looks like Michael in the cover picture (less so in the black and white picture.)

    • Josephine says:

      CZJ is a beauty, and I also appreciate that she actually looks like she has aged somewhat naturally.

      I’m puzzled by this cover and her need to put the kid out there. I guess she thinks that she’s doing the kid a favor but nothing good can come from this. Nothing. The kid will be criticized for not being a beauty, not being CZJ quality, and no one will ever think she’s made something for herself even if she does manage to get a modeling or acting gig. I can only hope she goes the acting route — at least then she can showcase something innate to her and not be constantly criticized for only being a model because of her name and not her looks.

    • ChipnSticks says:

      I’m sorry, but are we looking at the same photos? She either messed up her face or this is amateur Photoshop.

  6. Jess says:

    If she truly had to work harder and her parents don’t hand everything to her then I’m pretty sure her mother wouldn’t have done this magazine cover, lol. These kids are delusional! I’m sure it’s hard for their famous parents to sit back and let them actually struggle to make it, but come on this is getting ridiculous.

    • minx says:

      I’m loling at her “I feel I need to constantly prove myself to people – that I am not just my parents’ daughter.” WHERE does she have to constantly prove that she’s not just her parents’ daughter? In geometry class? Driver’s ed? Where?

    • Honey says:

      Thank you. Thank you. The fact that she is interviewed by a somewhat major magazine and seated next to her mother on the cover of said magazine colors everything she has said.

      They and the people they sell these types of stories to really live in different worlds, and it really goes to show that much in life is relative.

  7. Bridget says:

    I’m pretty sure no one uses the phrase “Douglas Dynasty” after Cameron.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      Oops! (stifles a giggle)

      • Bridget says:

        I’m not trying to be mean, but no one talks about a Douglas Dynasty aside from the people around the Douglas family. As much as she’s trying to say “I’m not trying to get by on my family name” she’s doing it right here. Which at 15 isn’t on her so much as the people around her.

    • ChipnSticks says:

      Maybe it’s my age, but I don’t know who these people are.

  8. Enny says:

    Thought her father was a pancake maker. 🙄 Bitch please. I distinctly remember her in the audience at the Oscars when she had to be 5 or 6, so cut the crap, girlfriend. 🙄🙄 and yeah, I roll my eyes. Guess I’m from the school of, if you say stupid shit, accept the vulgar, low-class consequences.

    • Lady D says:

      I always went with the ‘expect a stupid answer’ line, but I like your grown-up version. I’ll be silently thanking you in the near future:)

    • Mumbles says:

      I side-eyed the “pancake maker” line. Too cute by half. Has “publicist-created” all over it.

    • Sigh... says:

      Right?!? So she thought “dynasty (her word),” and thought that it was in pancake-making, cuz that’s a thing?
      She’s never been on set of EITHER parents’ many productions?

    • Nan says:

      Who knew making pancakes was worth millions, mansions and all?! I sure didn’t.

    • magnoliarose says:

      Who in the world ever thought he was a pancake maker? He’s also such an awful person I don’t really see him playing FOTY at home. Sorry but not buying anything she is selling. Catherine says and does stupid crap too so I am not all that surprised.

    • noway says:

      Is being a pancake maker really a thing a 15 year old would say? I mean it wouldn’t have looked so staged if she said I thought my Dad just didn’t work. Seem’s said for shock value by a publicist.

      • elle says:

        Well, of course. Just like “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,’” is something a 6-year-old would say.

        I thought I’d rolled my eyes as far as they’d go over the Jaden Smith story. But I was wrong.

  9. Tiffany says:

    Yeah, Carys is a Douglas thru and thru. She looks just like her older brother Cameron.

    Also, isn’t this the age that Catherine herself dropped out of school to focus on acting full time. Oh boy…..

  10. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    My eyes are stuck in the back of my head. Anyone else having eye problems?

    • CariBean says:


    • mia girl says:

      I forced my eyes to stay put while reading the words of a 15 year old.
      But, once CZJ came in, I lost control.

      “There’s nothing worse than a privileged kid without manners.”
      Hear that folks, NOTHING WORSE! Dear lord…

    • magnoliarose says:

      Yep I had to whip out my medicinal drops and bathe my aching eyeballs.

  11. elimaeby says:

    I’m having a horrible day so far. I started my period early while trying to conceive and have horrible cramping. My whole neighborhood is being shut down by (very important and needed) protests, so I may have to walk up to three miles home today as I don’t have a car and rely on the Metro system. Because of that, I am feeling generous, and all I will say is that Carys is a very cute girl and I hope she achieves whatever she wants in life. I hope her mother lets her enjoy her teen years without pushing her into the spotlight too hard.

    • WingKingdom says:

      When you described your day, I thought you were going to go on to say something super salty about Carys. Instead, a difficult day makes you generous and kind. That is really admirable. I hope your day turns out as positive as you are 😄

    • me says:

      I hope things work out for you and you are able to conceive one day soon.

  12. Chaine says:

    So tired of immature celebuspawn whining about how hard they have it in the public eye when the public would have NO clue who they even are without their parents pushing them forward.

    The only exception I make is the Willis children who had horrific negative attention on them at a young age for their looks from Perez Hilton and others. Those three girls have the right to whine. The rest of them including this heretofore unknown Douglas child who doesn’t appear as of yet to have any modeling ability whatsoever, not so much.

    I’m sure by next year at this time she’ll be Karl Lagerfeld’s new muse and will be on the cover of Welsh Vogue.

  13. Tanesha86 says:

    She looks like her dad with her mom’s coloring, that’s all I got 🤷🏾‍♀️

  14. Slowsnow says:

    I firmly believe that it is not good for kids to develop in a very wealthy environment. In general – there are exceptions of course – they lack curiosity, have way too many choices and don’t care about the future that much as they live in a false sense of security and know high levels of comfort.
    I have seen quite a few of these very wealthy kids. It’s mind-blowing how easily they hop on a plane or throw big dinner parties that the parents pay for. There are no stepping-stones, everything is given to them on a platter.
    And it is a very sexist environment because it’s worse for the girls who are less pushed into education and a future: the goal is to have the latest Versace dress and Gucci bag, to be sexy and appealing and to thrive with wellness shit.
    It’s quite telling that what Zeta Jones praises are “manners”. I also do, but kids need to be able to be a bit rebellious. Moreover, she didn’t mention and education, or having life goals. It’s as if the only thing parents can require of their offspring is that they are not bothersome and know how to hold a fork and talk to royalty.

    • ChipnSticks says:

      This is a great comment. So true.

    • Deering says:

      Agreed. It’s one of great wealth’s great ironies that it can be as stifling as having no options at all. These kids are given everything but the chance to live outside their wealthy bubble—and find out what they really want and what they can do. All they know is celebrity, money, and having the “best” of everything (whatever the hell that is), and they go after what they are taught is worthy.

  15. Loopy says:

    Lol these comments. I am not really mad at these Hollywood parents helping their kids get a leg up. It also happens in the ‘real world’ CEOs and managers give positions to their kids all the time and if most people are being honest they too would use their connections.

    • Jadedone says:

      Its true, it happens in the real world and in my experience usually ends badly bc the kid isnt qualified. Being born into the right family doesnt make you competent just lucky.

    • MarDelSur says:

      Perhaps this is what you personally would do. Which, fair enough, I can understand to a certain extent. But you say that as if it were actually an okay thing to do (as opposed to just an ‘understandable’ one). And no, it’s not ok, and frankly if I was as rich as the Douglases I would not do it.

      With wealth that great, you don’t even need to hustle like this for your kids to give them a good life. You just buy them a home, make sure they have health insurance, pay for their education and for reasonable living expenses and voila – they’re already ahead of a gazillion other kids whose choices are much more constrained. They’ll have the security and the funds to try their hand at acting or whatever for as long as it takes – and they won’t starve if it doesn’t pan out. There are problems with what I’ve just described, too – which is why I support policies which give a leg up to people whose parents can’t provide any of the above. But shamelessly hustle and use my influence to get ‘jobs’ for my already wealthy kids? I’d be ashamed of myself as a parent and as a person.

    • ChipnSticks says:

      I agree, however, this girl is talking about dynasties and perhaps hoping for a star on the Walk of Fame. She’s not getting a job in her dad’s pancake restaurant.

  16. Laura says:

    Riley Keough is the only celeb-spawn that I can tolerate because she rarely talks about her extremely famous relatives (Elvis, Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley…ex-step father Michael Jackson) and is genuinely talented (loved her in “The Girlfriend Experience”). She also lives a fairly private existence and uses her middle name/surname from birth as her stage name versus the surname of her famous relatives. She seems to place importance on being accepted for her own abilities instead of whom she happens to be related to.

    • manta says:

      Georgia May Jagger is another one for me. I remember an interview she did some years ago. And when came the inevitable question about connections/name recognition, she had a refreshing answer. Paraphrasing from memory but it was something like: “not only does the Jagger name opens doors and make people pick up the phone, but having a mother who is an insider definitely shields you from traps that await non connected girls”.
      I just thought, waouh, a benefactor from nepotism able to acknowledge it. The fact that she didn’t try to be ubiquitous prevents her from being insufferable too.

      Jerry Hall was smarter than Cindy Crawford in the momaging department (this far).

      • magnoliarose says:

        Jerry Hall is actually intelligent for real and not a hyped up PR story like Crawford.
        She’s also a better human being who doesn’t live through her kids.

      • holly hobby says:

        Jerry may be smart but her judgment must have lapsed when she married ol Rupert Murdoch. Seriously I wonder what she thinks about Faux news and that orange slime sitting in our house.

      • Hazel says:

        Georgia May Jagger is also gorgeous! One of the nepotism models who I think can make her own way sans the famous family connections.

      • I remember her doing the opposite, claiming that her “unique look” was giving her model assignments… sure, nothing to with last name or connections…

        (And she’s one of my absolutely least favorite models… would not see her lasting long without the help of nepotism. Actually annoyed by her success, when more charismatic, hard working, and in my opinion way more stunning girls are struggling. )

        Well, perhaps she has learned over the years. Good for her.

    • Sigh... says:

      Jamie Foxx is OBVIOUSLY helping his oldest daughter, Corinne, get a little shine (she’s clearly an unneeded addition to his game show, other than to say “Dad…”). We don’t *hear* from her much, either/yet, but it’ll be interesting how much positive attention she’ll get if/when her famous father isn’t RIGHT THERE (on the red carpet, in the audience, dominating the interview, on set, etc) BEING HER personality/”it factor.”

  17. greenmonster says:

    I don’t understand why actors/actresses/models would want their kids to follow into their foodsteps. Both are disgusting industries that prey on young girls/women and we know, coming from Hollywood royalty can’t protect you from everything (see Gwyneth Paltrow and Weinstein). In one of her most famous roles CZJ played the love interest of Sean Connery who is 39 years older than she is. That is Hollywood for young women.

    • homeslice says:

      Amen! You would think they would use their money to give their kids a top rate education and encourage them away from that industry. Only in very rare situations are these kids as talented and beautiful as their parents believe them to be :/

  18. Cee says:

    She looks nothing like her mother so I don’t understand what CZJ is trying to accomplish. Her daughter looks like any regular teen, there’s nothing striking about her but I’m sure she’s destined to a life in the public eye just like Brooklyn Beckham – no talent, famous surname.

  19. Hazel says:

    I thought Catherine looked 60 on the cover. Decided to Google her age. Holy Shit, she’s 48! J Lo’s older! The mind boggles.

    • Kim says:

      I suspect it’s the bad combination of smoking, bipolar medication, and some plastic surgery.

    • Abby says:

      She looks veryyy old to me, too.

    • magnoliarose says:

      There were rumours she was older than reported. I have no idea if it is true but I am throwing that out there as a maybe.

      • crogirl says:

        Yes, I remember those rumours, Lainey was always talking about it.

      • Olive says:

        I always heard that it was much harder for UK celebs to lie about their age because birth records are public/easier to verify for living persons than here in the US?

      • trh says:

        Pants on fire. I’m 49. If she’s 48 then I’m 39. (Nobody thinks I’m 39.)

      • Tina says:

        I don’t know, but look up pictures of her from 42nd street in the West End when she was supposedly 17. She looks older than that to me.

  20. NΞΞNΔ ZΞΞ says:

    Oh honey… if you want to stand out it would help to have some original thoughts. You sound like 147 other nitwits with no identifiable talent and famous parents. Try being original.

  21. Mo' Comments Mo' Problems says:

    She looks like she could be one of the Haim (the band) sisters.

  22. Harryg says:

    Do not interview fifteen-year-olds! They are not ready for that, no matter how well they are prepped, (and that they are prepped at all is just wrong).
    Zeta-Jones was so pretty but then she did something really strange to her face?

    • Jasmine18 says:

      Yes, definitely something different with CZJ’s face. I couldn’t work out if it was just horrible lighting or a facelift gone bad.

  23. Giddy says:

    “I’ve had to work so hard” says the 15 year old with a lovely diamond necklace. Sweetheart, you have no idea.

  24. corrine says:

    Ugh, why would she pimp her child out to Hollywood? She needs to read the Demi Lovato post.

  25. Kim says:

    I hope this isn’t the first step to a Kaia Gerber-esk career move.

    I wish they hadn’t put Carys out there, I had major respect for the “out of the limelight” way they’ve raised her up until now. I’m sure few people on the street would have thought “Hey that’s Carys Douglas!” If she wants show business or acting in her future let her mature, and at least finish high school – she will never get those years back.

    Plus, I feel sad when I see photos of Kaia Gerber. Something is definitely not right there, you can see it in her eyes.

    • Lucy2 says:

      I agree, up to this point I had no idea what these kids look like, and they seemed to be able to participate in the parents lives without being attacked by the paparazzi.
      Doing this cover an interview is so strange, and unnecessary. It just put a big target on this poor girl who is clearly not ready for that sort of attention, and if she does manage to have an acting career, it’s all going to come back to this moment and this word she said. Why not let the kids live in privacy, get a great education, experience the world a bit?

  26. H says:

    Okay the kid is cute, but model material? I’m not seeing it.

    • KBeth says:

      I agree, she is really just an average looking teen. It’s actually kind of cruel to push for a modelling career.

    • Ange says:

      Unfortunately she’s as plain as an arrowroot biscuit. I don’t know why her parents are setting her up for failure, there are a million flit about dilettante jobs celebuspawn can do, why wouldn’t they set her up in one of those?

  27. Murphy says:

    Yeah 15 year olds do not say stuff like that.

    But hey, everyone else in Hollywood is doing it so why not.

  28. SandyC says:

    Totally agree that this is ridiculous. Especially the “people think I don’t work hard for it.” What “it” is she referring to? She hasn’t done any “it.”

  29. JennyJenny says:

    Carys ~ what’s wrong with being a doctor? Or a lawyer? Or a painter?
    Life has been quite rosy for your first 15 years; do something meaningful that will last. Any talk of college????

    That Douglas ‘Dynasty’ money will always be there for you, “Modeling” money won’t. Just sayin…

    • trh says:

      She probably misheard “Duck Dynasty”

    • Deering says:

      “…Carys ~ what’s wrong with being a doctor? Or a lawyer? Or a painter?”

      Because that’s simply not good enough. Too average. Too boring. Too anonymous. When you are raised that money/fame are everything, the only goal you see as worthy is topping your famous forebears.

  30. Leapin' Lizards! says:

    Because of course. I think if one of these celebrity offspring said “i want to be a marine biologist” or something I’d pass out from shock.

  31. Marjorie says:

    If you get a chance go on Iman’s Instagram and take a look at her daughter Lexi Jones – this is a stunningly beautiful teenage girl, in my opinion. She’s an artist, seems to have no interest in the show biz at this point.

    • MrsPanda says:

      Marjorie I was about to mention Lexi also!! Of all the celebrity offspring, she is the only one who is truly beautiful and not just a cookie-cutter of a ”pretty teen”. She reminds me so much of David, a similar soulful quality to the eyes. She was in a win/win situation – both parents are beautiful! :)

  32. Abby says:

    What a weird shoot. She looks younger than my own 12 year old. The b& w with Catherine in a black negligee and Carys hugging her is weird. Carys hasn’t grown into her nose yet. She just looks unpolished….which is fine, she’s a kid. Too early for this move IMO….poorly played, Catherine. And what the hell has Carys been working so hard on exactly to rise above the “Douglas Dynasty”…? She’s so brainwashed from living with them….they probably sit around talking about how hard it is so be famous and special, this is just a familiar script to her. I mean the Jenners and Hadids and Gerbers have actually done work even if they can’t comprehend why. Carys is still a baby chick in the nest.

    • holly hobby says:

      Don’t worry, some Hollywood muckety muck would tell her to fix her nose and get a generic one. Sad but true.

      • minx says:

        I think she has a very cute nose, but in the age of Kardashian, everyone seems to think noses have to go smaller and smaller, instead of being in proportion.

  33. Melania says:

    That interview is so embarassing. I know she’s only 15 but she sounds so dumb.

  34. me says:

    I wish her luck, but just wondering what she’s “worked hard at” so far? I haven’t seen her on TV or in any movies, or anything at all. Has she been going on auditions and not getting the parts? That’s not “working hard”…that’s how it goes in any industry. You go on many interviews and if you’re lucky you’ll land something…it might take a while. With her family connections, it won’t take long for her, talent or no talent, it won’t matter.

  35. SequinedHeart says:

    What did she work so hard on, her mid-terms? gimme a break.
    She’s definitely pretty… pretty plain.

  36. HK9 says:

    Here we go again, someone who is being pushed as a model who is average looking-she’s not model material. One more model who can’t walk or even know that they’re there to show the product and NOT themselves. I don’t know about you but I buy products in spite of the instagram/ nepotism models now because they don’t inspire me to investigate a product, they annoy me.

  37. paddingtonjr says:

    So much to unpack here:

    1. The only thing a 15-year-old should be working hard at is school and being a teenager.

    2. Carys is an attractive teenager, just like millions of other attractive teenagers. There’s no spark, no “IT” factor that comes across in the pictures.

    3. Being part of the “Douglas Dynasty” (LMAO) is no guarantee of success. Yes, Michael got his start because of Kirk, but he had the talent to stay and he didn’t start working until after college. Another of Kirk’s sons, Eric, didn’t have a lot of success as an actor and died young of a drug overdose. Michael’s son Cameron has a well-documented drug and prison history and appeared in four films (3 fairly small roles and 1 major role in a film with his father and grandparents) prior to serving time.

    4. Given the history of drug abuse in the Douglas family and Catherine’s battles with Bi-Polar II, why would CZJ want to subject her daughter to such scrutiny at an awkward and immature age for any teenager? Let Carys do a few modeling gigs on the weekend or school holidays and learn the business before “introducing” her to the world as the next big thing. She would be more respected in the business if she was willing to start at the bottom (which is still a lot higher than many teenage model wannabes). Carys, the Hadids, and the Garbers, et al, are a fad and a hook. Once the novelty wears off, their careers will be over before many of their peers have begun theirs.

    5. I think CZJ is beautiful and have enjoyed many of her films, but she’s not a “Living Legend” and her daughter isn’t a “Modern Swan.”

  38. Citresse says:

    Hello Magazine proclaimed Carys looks just like her mom. Nope, not at all. Carys resembles her father. Dylan has CZJ’s darker colouring and her eyes.
    It’s sad when celebrities children have pressure to be a mini me in every way including the expectation of an identical career path.

  39. Deanne says:

    “I thought my Dad was a pancake maker” is one of the most moronic things I’ve read in a celeb spawn nepotism interview. I know that she’s only 15 and it was written for her by some PR person, but still, it’s ridiculous. She has been on sets with her parents since she was very young and they have multiple houses and live a very privileged lifestyle. Even at 5 or 6, she’d have to be incredibly unintelligent to not have some idea what her parents did for a living. What exactly has she worked so hard at? People will think she’s had a career handed to her because that’s exactly what her Mother is setting up. I’m so sick of this crop of nepotism models and actors, etc. Would it kill their parents to encourage them to get an education rather than coast along on no actual talent but their family name and connections?

  40. indian says:

    It’s the same story the world over. Shahrukh Khan’s 18 year old daughter, who has lived away from India for years, just got a Vogue India cover. The money is too good and the opportunity to be mega rich is to easy , which is why everyone wants their kids to be in the industry. We need to stop paying stars and celebrities so much money. I’d rather have a regular every day man/woman that’s doing somethign in the community or in their job on Vogue. tired of these modern day ruling dynasties…

  41. A says:

    I can’t deal with any of this right now. I honestly can’t. Her face in that cover is just sooo young to me, she doesn’t even look 15 she looks about 12 with her cheeks and her eyes and that hair. She’s such a cute looking girl, and I wish her the best, but god do I ever not want her to set foot into anything related to show business. :/

    Catherine Zeta-Jones is an honest to god piece of work. I can’t believe I’m saying this but what sort of parent does this to their child? All this ‘Douglas Dynasty’ crap isn’t even coming from Carys, it’s coming from her mom who’s desperately trying to build this idiotic brand for the sake of her own vanity. Also, the idea that she is in any position to teach her daughter about how to be well-behaved is hilarious to me, considering it wasn’t very long ago that she was acting like an overgrown brat herself, talking about how she wasn’t going to apologize for being beautiful and wealthy and whatever the f*ck else.

  42. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    “When I was younger” “…in my lifetime” You’re 15. You’re still a child. Shut. Up.

    This whole thing reeks of CZJ’s narcissism. She’s always been full of herself even when she hasn’t done anything of note for years. Yay, another generation of fame whores with no real talent riding on their parents’ coattails. Or their sibling’s sex tape.

  43. serena says:

    Her eyes are the spitting image of her dad’s, it was the first thing that came to my mind when I looked at the picture. Advice, before saying ‘you worked hard’ for something, maybe try really doing it? I don’t think she even started so what was that weird interview about?

    I guess 15 is the age now. School is so overrated anyways *rolls eyes*

  44. trh says:

    I’m “very, very proud” of deez nutz.

  45. stacey says:

    She’s 15 and from a wealthy family at that. What has she worked hard for in her life to this point? Is she talking about school?

    She is nothing special in the looks department and thats sad her mother should recognize that as well and not set her up for dissapointment. We aren’t all model material but celebrity children fail to realize that fact more than regular children.

    I bet she will be covered in a ton of doodle looking “breathe” type tattoos and an obnoxious hypersexual instagram by the time she is 18 at this rate.

  46. Amelie says:

    I’m surprised at the level of vitriol in the comments for this article. I read it earlier this morning when there were hardly any comments so I didn’t think much of the interview. Just thought OK nice mother-daughter interview, daughter might want to become an actress like mom, nothing groundbreaking.

    There are so many people in Hollywood who benefit from nepotism young and old: my personal one I can’t stand Kate Hudson, Drew Barrymore, Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, the Hadid sisters, Kaia Gerber, Paris Jackson, Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd, Robin Thicke, the list goes on. Some are talented, some are not. I’m not sure how Carys is different from any of these people. She’s 15, she’s exploring, and her mom is encouraging her. Not sure what’s wrong with it. Sure some of the things Carys says are silly but she’s a teenager.

    Separately, I’ve always wondered what it’s like to try to make it in an industry where your parent had great success. I’m glad I didn’t try following my parents’ footsteps (compliance and something with computers). Not glamorous jobs but at least I can’t compare myself to them in that way and be insecure about my chosen field.

    • A says:

      Her mom isn’t encouraging though. Re-read the piece. The stuff with the ‘Douglas Dynasty’ the casual name dropping? A mom encouraging her daughter would be maybe getting her some lessons at a film school, bringing her to set, exposing her to different sides of the process. Not foisting the family name on her and trying to build it up into something a lot bigger than it ever deserves to be. A mom trying to encourage her daughter also wouldn’t put her in the public spotlight like this so overtly, and I would say that for any child actor close to her age, not just the ones trying to build careers out of nepotism.

  47. themummy says:

    A pancake maker?? They must really think the we, the plebs (ha!), are completely stupid. There is literally not one person on this earth who would not roll their eyes at that. I’m sorry–this is all absurd. She’s a very average looking girl who happens to have famous parents and so, of COURSE she simply MUST be an actress/model too. Count in me in the camp who rolled their eyes so hard they go seriously stuck. (And there is nothing wrong with being average looking!!! 99% of people are!!! It’s fine! It’s not an insult.)

  48. themummy says:

    This girl looks EXACTLY like Eden from The Handmaid’s Tale.

  49. Pandy says:

    I’m stuck at an airport with a five hour delay. These comments are the only thing keeping me semi sane. I lol-ed at the Cameron Douglas “dynasty” comment. Still laughing as I type it. The girl is average at best. No.shame in average either. I’m wondering if these kids are stumps and failing school so their parents start pimping? Why do they always need the “glamour” jobs – model/photog/actor? Why not an agent or publicist or script writer?

  50. Nikki says:

    Given that Michael’s son Cameron has been jailed for years on drug charges, I thought the cover headline “Hollywood Royalty Raised RIGHT” was terribly tacky and/or cruel. Agree with almost everyone’s eye rolling that a very average looking young teen is being thrust into a role she’s not qualified for. Ugh!

  51. Jane says:

    Speaking of parents has anyone read the daily mail piece from Steve jobs daughter book wow

    • AnneC says:

      He was crazy. If he had developed Apple products in the age of social media the internet would have hated him. Not very nice to people (or his first daughter).

      • holly hobby says:

        I read an excerpt of it. She also mentioned that his wife and their kids were kind of cold to her as well. Very strange family.

  52. bears says:

    I don’t think 15 is too young to find out that you’re a spoon fed pawn who will never have to work for *anything* as hard as people who don’t have famous parents and lots of money. The fact that she didn’t say anything remotely close to that shows me that her mom and dad aren’t raising her to be an actual human being, only a polite caricature of one. But yeah, have fun with your fabulous, pampered life that will never include actual struggle.

  53. Boudica says:

    What sort of alternative reality do these people inhabit? She is a fifteen year old kid, for goodness sake! Of course anything she gets is handed to her! She needs to finish her education and start working before she has to worry about having to prove anything to anyone other than her family and her school teachers.

  54. Littlefishmom says:

    How the F do you pronounce her name? It drives me crazy and I think I sort of hate it.

  55. Mrs. Smith says:

    CZJ is beautiful, but I can totally see the “old” work showing. Maybe she did a few procedures a decade or so ago and then stopped? Can you “grow out” plastic surgery like a hair cut? Plus, public records be damned, no way is she 48. I think more like 58.

    • Fifi says:

      My mum is 65 and looks younger. And she hasn’t had plastic surgery like CZJ. I think she knocked 10 years off her age and good for her. Ageist society. I’m thinking of doing that after I finish uni.

  56. SJhere says:

    Honestly. Why are all these kids of celebs pushed at us as if we should care?
    I don’t care at all. Wealthy parents could give their kids the best education in the world, why don’t the kids take advantage of that?
    CZJ must truly, truly value only money. Christ save us, Kirk and Michael Douglas are millionaires many times over…why is CZJ still so desperate for attention and more money?

  57. SJhere says:

    I think her name would be pronounced as Care Isss. Emphasis on Isss.

  58. Clairej says:

    Catherine was soooo absolutely stunning in the first Zorro. This really isn’t needed. I cannot remember her daughters face as I read through these comments. Have to keep scrolling back up to retake her in. She is a very lucky girl in money is readily available and she could have the option of any career/hobbie she wanted. Obviously she has told her Mother (or Catherine has decided) she wants to be a model and they have only to snap their fingers to make it happen.

  59. Betsy says:

    She’s a darling girl, but girl – get a career out of entertainment. Any of them. Your family can open doors anywhere.

  60. Natters5 says:

    I live across a building with lots of photographer studios and everyday I see unknown models that are so stunningly gorgeous, way more beautiful than any of these daughters of celebrities, and yet its the daughter of celebrities we have to see as models or actors. They help their children increase their social media presence so brands go after them as unknown models don’t have the high instagram numbers.

  61. Sensible says:

    Yeah look I’m sorry but the kid is a plain 15 year old girl, nobody would look twice…why do we have to see her as a model? With all the money in the world can’t she just work hard and be something the world actually needs like an environmentalist or a Dr or something? CZJ has always been a thirsty girl though.

    • Natters5 says:

      I agree! They have the opportunity to go to the best schools and yet all they seem to want to be are models or actors. Is there any celeb out there with a child that actually contributes to the world? And you are right, her daughter is plain and no one would take a second look at her if she wasn’t from the Douglas clan, a despicable clan: Kirk Douglas is rumored to have been the man who violently raped Natalie Wood, Michael Douglas was a coke head and sex addict and his son a convicted drug addict. The only thing to envy about them is their bank account.

  62. Yelena says:

    I just think it’s rubbish that in this day and age, women whether celebrities or not, still want to make a career out of how they look knowing that the business is cruel, misogynist, promotes eating disorders, self-harm and surgery, is ageist, limited, competitive and utterly demoralising. There are enough pressures on how women look and their self-esteem without wanting it to be your day drop. You have to have a VERY thick skin, strong support structure, integrity, tenacity and a long term game plan/business mind to survive this business (think Miranda Kerr, who though often torn apart is actually clever and shrewd when it comes to longevity in a very ageist industry and thus I’ll always support her.)

    I think Carys has a lovely, fresh prettiness, but I hope she finds a career that will give her a chance to blossom rather than cut her down.

  63. MavenTheFirst says:

    She lived in luxury but her daddy, Michael Douglas worked at IHOP?

  64. Dahlia6 says:

    I’ll just say this: it’s hard being the average/ugly kid of two very attractive people. My whole life I’ve gotten “Those are your parents?!?” And it’s always followed by a look of bewilderment/pity. Once even from a guy who was trying to date me. Look, I know I’m nobody’s hot buttered roll, you don’t have to rub it in, dude.

    So maybe lighten up on the kid a bit. 15 is a hellacious age for anyone.

    • Natters5 says:

      Yes, but reading her interview, she seems obnoxious and unaware of how pretentious she comes off. She is Goop II (let’s remember Goop I is the daughter of Hollywood people too).