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.”
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.