Catherine Zeta-Jones & Carys Douglas did an awkward Fendi ad campaign

Last year, we learned that Catherine Zeta-Jones is trying to get her teenage daughter Carys some kind of career through nepotism. Catherine and Carys appeared on the cover of Town & Country together, and Carys bizarrely spoke about how she’s “worked hard” to get where she is and how she “constantly” feels like she has to prove herself. She was 15 years old at the time and I had truly never seen her model anything, anywhere. She was just a regular 15-year-old kid but it felt like Catherine was trying to make her into the next Kaia Gerber, in every sense. Then over the summer, Catherine and Carys did another joint photoshoot for Vanity Fair Spain where – again – it felt like Catherine is really forcing this on Carys, and forcing the idea that Carys is the next big model/actress or something.

So… what was next for the mother hellbent on making her daughter “happen”? Catherine and Carys got a joint ad campaign for Fendi’s Peekaboo handbags. They did a hilariously awkward video together and these simply “okay” print ads. Carys told People Magazine: “We had so much fun on set. Our sense of humor is pretty similar so we are always laughing when [my mom and I] are together. She is honestly the funniest person I know.”

Real question: do you think this is a case where Carys went to her mom and said “I want to be a model” and Catherine is just hellbent on getting Carys a career? Or is this Catherine forcing it on Carys? I think it’s Catherine forcing it on Carys. And I also think that Catherine doesn’t actually care about whether she gets Carys some kind of career. I think Catherine is doing this for Catherine. It’s all very strange.

Photos courtesy of Fendi.

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  1. Lori says:

    When I was about 15 my mom got me a job as a part time cashier at the Shoppers Drugmart she worked at. I am thankful they did not make us to a photo shoot. That is all!

    • sara says:

      Haha. Yes! Having said that, I bet the photos would have been awesome to look at now though.

    • schmootc says:

      Yeah, I was about the same age when my Mom got me my first job at the public library. So I can’t knock a Mom helping a teenager get his/her first job, but this is different. It’s weird. And I feel sorry for the poor kid.

      • BelleoftheBalls says:

        I feel sorry for her too – what if her modeling/acting career never takes off and she realizes that even with her mother’s help, she wouldn’t have made it? If she’s smart she’ll pick another profession and let her parents’ financial support be her springboard to having a very nice, very well paid job somewhere.

    • Carol says:

      LOL! I love your comment. Yeah, my mom got me a job at a bakery when I was 15. Best job ever. I could eat ANYTHING I wanted. That was many years ago and I still have very fond memories. But also, I wouldn’t want to see any pictures of me stuffing my face either.

    • Moe says:

      That video hurt my brain. I LOATHE this model/actress daughter nepotism trend. Most of these young girls look rather ordinary to me.
      And just wait. There will be negative blowback about her and then we will be subjected to a whole thing about bullying teen girls on line and intrusion of privacy. Yuck

  2. Mignionette says:

    Mommy and me Fendi bags…

    • bros says:

      is this the new trend in nepotism modeling? her daughter, while probably a nice girl, is not model material and completely forgettable, so this is like, assisted modeling? crutch modeling? Lori Laughlin style leg up modeling, bring your mom to work day? WHAT IS THIS DUMBNESS

  3. Mia4s says:

    Sigh…give me a break.

    The sad part is Catherine is legit talented. She was crazy good in Chicago. How about drama school for this child (and I do mean child)? Maybe work on showing some actual skill and not just parading you’re face around?

    • Sofia says:

      Wasn’t Catherine a musical theatre kid who worked her ass off for years? I don’t understand why she wouldn’t have her child take that path, but then again, it’s so much easier just to be Insta-famous these days.

  4. Derrière says:

    She’s on Instagram. She probably asked Mom for some modeling gigs to cement her influencer status and build her brand. But I agree. Catherine is doing this for herself.

    • AWID says:

      It wouldn’t surprise me if her daughter knew she had to kiss Catherine’s ass to get attention… something off here.

  5. Nothankyou says:

    Catherine was great in Traffic too.

  6. DaisySharp says:

    Jones is an incredibly beautiful woman. How she ended up with Douglas, who always looked like a mouse to me, isn’t something I can explain.

    She’s also quite talented and I wish she had done more acting. OMG I love her in Intolerable Cruelty!

    • Adrien says:

      Michael Douglas is a hot person. He’s not a Michaelangelo painting but he’s incredibly charismatic. His daughter is very cute in a CW series castmember kind of way. People were mean to Devon Aoki back then because she’s short, strange looking and a product of nepo. But she can definitely model. Her face is really special unlike Ivanka.

      • georgette says:

        dude, Devon Aoki is beautiful and (as bad as this word now sounds) exotic – objectively. to compare her to Carys is…a joke. maybe Carys could do like a tween clothing catalog, but thats about it. her face is too plain.

        I gotta ask, are you a Boomer? bc I cant think of a soul who would describe Michael Douglas as a “hot” person unless they watched him when he was younger…MUCH younger….lol. He’s decrepit now.

      • Bettyrose says:

        Susan Faludi wrote some stuff about Michael Douglas that I can’t un-read. He’s a ragey, controlling, old school misogynist who’s had scripts rewritten (think Fatal Attraction) to fit his own ego.

      • Elizabeth says:

        Devon Aoki is beautiful, one doesn’t have to be white to be beautiful, it’s unsettling to hear people call her “strange looking” or “exotic” and you may need to re-examine your ideas about race and beauty. On another note — We all just going to pretend Susan Braudy’s sexual harassment allegations against Michael Douglas didn’t happen? He’s not hot, he’s most likely a vile criminal. And Catherine vociferously defended him at the time.

      • Jaded says:

        Michael Douglas is the antithesis of “hot”. He was horrible to his first wife, Diandra. He would literally f&ck the crack of dawn. He was a serial adulterer and user of women, and why CZJ married him is beyond me. Apparently she made him sign a pre-nup that if she caught him in an affair he would have to pay her out some massive amount of money because she KNEW what he was like going into the relationship.

      • DaisySharp says:

        Speaking for myself, I’m Gen X and I well remember Douglas from his Romancing the stone days, and sorry, he was never hot! He always looked like a mouse! This is the first I am hearing about these accusations against him though. Madone. These men.

      • Redgrl says:

        Michael Douglas is a sexist misogynist awful entitled person. Can’t stand him.

      • H says:

        I’m Gen X, and always found Michael Douglas super hot in his Romancing the Stone years. I wouldn’t have married him as he’s a serial cheater, but probably would have banged him back in the day given the chance if he’d been single. Now with all I know about him? I wouldn’t put him out if he was on fire.

        Fun fact: a friend’s hubby is also a huge cheater and after he cheated on my gf second time, I got her to get a post-nup that if he cheated again, he has to pay. I called it the CZJ clause.

      • horseandhound says:

        I’ve always had the hots for michael douglas. I’m a millennial. I don’t know anything about his private life, but he is a brilliant actor and I find him very attractive. and I don’t mean in the romancing the stone period, I mean disclosure or basic instinct. also, he is one of the rare children of those larger than life stars who became very successful and created a name for himself. got to admire that.

      • AWID says:

        Oh no. He’s a creep. His dad raped an actress… forget who, but they are not a good family.

        Michael sued Kathleen Turner and stalked her to force her to do a sequel to romancing the Stone movie series. She didn’t want anything to do wth him and seemed scared to work with him again. He knew, didn’t care, forced her.

        He’s a scary creep. CZJ married him for status and money, that’s it.

    • FHMom says:

      Catherine really is old time movie star beautiful. I have no idea how she ended up with Douglas. My guess is that they are both kind of awful people, and she has a thing for older men. I remember an interview she did when she was promoting that movie with Sean Connery. People were saying that he was too old to play her love interest, and when she was asked if she would date someone his age, she said yes. A bit later she was with Douglas. Also, except for the coloring, that kid looks nothing like her, but she is a cute 15 year old.

      • georgette says:

        I know this comment isnt about Michael Douglas, but on the topic of old men: I sometimes wonder why people forget about the rape allegations against Kirk Douglas. Is it bc he is 102 years old?


      • FHMom says:

        He was a huge movie star at the time when studios covered up everything. And I don’t think he was ever charged or the police were brought in. Plus, like you said, he is old and, I guess has icon status because of his age. It’s not fair at all.

      • Kebbie says:

        Has Kirk Douglas actually been accused of rape? I tried looking it up and all I could trace that to was an anonymous commenter on Crazy Days and Nights (pretending you be RDJ) who claimed he raped Natalie Wood. Is there more than that to substantiate the allegation? Or is it just an anonymous rando on a fake blind items blog?

      • Cate says:

        I have read a few interviews Catherine has given and honestly there is something about her that strikes me as not that nice also. Like, she absolutely thinks the universe owes her everything she has. Not to say she isn’t talented or a hard worker, but she doesn’t come across as very humble about it.

      • Tourmaline says:

        @Kebbie I think the Kirk Douglas/Natalie Wood assault item was more than CDAN. It originated in the 2001 biography of Natalie written by Suzanne Finstad, I don’t think the biographer ever named him at all but the description of the attacker led people to conclude it was him.

        Natalie has been dead for almost 40 years so doubtful more information will ever be forthcoming.

      • JulieCarr says:

        The Kirk Douglas/Natalie Wood stories have been around forever. I first heard it in the 70’s.

    • kerwood says:

      Zeta-Jones was an up and coming actress when she met Douglas. She had been really good in a couple of films but being with Douglas got her to the A-list instantly. Some people like to take short cuts. It’s possible that she fell madly in love with Douglas but from what I’ve heard, he’s not the kind of man a woman with options would CHOOSE to be with.

      • What. . .now? says:

        Of course it was Michael Douglas’ A-List status and mucho dinero that attracted her. Remember, Douglas isn’t just an actor, he’s been a producer since forever–and producers make a gargantuan amount of money. If they produce a hit movie that BIG money can literally keep coming in for well over a decade–and since he’s produced TV shows and Movies, MD has a literal shit-ton of money.

        Some of the films MD has produced:
        One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
        Romancing the Stone
        Jewel of the Nile
        The China Syndrome
        Radio Flyer
        Face/Off (ExPro)

        She was hungry for the A-List, HUNGRY. I remember the press about them at the time, and she got the ring and she was SMUG for ages about it.
        When CZJ made that movie with Sean Connery–there were big time rumors he was bragging about how she gave him a BJ, and that was in the 90s. . .and he was even older than MD, so . . .she didn’t care about age, she cared about status (AList) and $$$,

      • Moe says:

        I remember zeta Jones during her campaign to win the Oscar. She struck me as insufferable and smug

    • Tigerlily says:

      there was a time when Michael Douglas was definitely hot. In the 70’s when he was on Streets of San Francisco I was a young teen and he was a cutie. In 1979 in the China Syndrome he was a good looking man. For sure he’d lost his attractiveness by the time Catherine ZJ came along but I do think she was thirsty enough not to care. That said, I find it cringeworthy how celeb moms are pushing very average looking daughters forward and trying to make them happen. Ordinarily I wouldn’t comment on a celeb’s child being average looking (or worse) but when said child is putting herself out there……

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      Michael Douglas is insanely wealthy, compared to Catherine. Given Michael’s money, there is no *need* to push Carys’ career so hard. My guess is that Catherine would feel like it is *her* success if her daughter is a model (“See people, my daughter is so beautiful because *I* am so beautiful). I don’t believe it is *just* to support Carys (as opposed to Catherine) – because as I pointed out, Michael is very wealthy, and he could “buy” Carys an ad campaign without having to put Catherine in it — so why else would Catherine be in the photos, if not for herself?

  7. grumpyterrier says:

    Her daughter looks so damn smug I can’t help but dislike her. Catherine really is a beautiful woman, though. I like that striped bag.

    • MariaS says:

      Yes! In every single photo of her I see “Do you know who I am??” levels of smug.

    • bucketbot says:

      Isn’t Catherine also smug in real life. Cary’s definitely gets it from her mother.

      The ad is crap. It’s clear they both are trying very hard to seem like they are having a good time. Even Catherine. This is bad acting. Plus the filter isn’t helping. This looks like something an amateur youtuber would do.

      • Redgrl says:

        @bucketbot – yes, they used to have a country home in the Laurentians in Quebec. Our friends who work in restaurants there dealt with her and said she was always rude and entitled.

    • kelleybelle says:

      Just another privileged youngster who will have her “career” handed to her.

    • minx says:

      Carys has had something tweaked, probably her nose.

  8. (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

    I like the red bag. That’s it. Mom may want “it” for Carys, but Carys doesn’t have “it”, that compelling presence that makes you *want* to look.

    Mommy is pushing Carys; Daddy is pushing Cameron. Why aren’t they pushing them both getting an education and actually contributing to the world in a real way? (And yes, I know about Cam’s drug/prison background (and the fact both parents basically ignored him growing up). Still not too late for him to actually DO something with his life instead of parasiting off Daddy Dearest).

    I know Carys is only 15, it doesn’t seem like education is a being made a priority for her. Is brother Dylan is the only one going to college?

    • AnnaKist says:

      Me, too! The red bag! ❤️ I think they both hit the jackpot in the looks lucky dip, and I’m not too bothered if mum is helping daughter. I mean, it’s what parents do, if they’re able.

      • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

        WOW… just looked it up; that mini bag is just under $3400!!!

        Welp…that one’s crossed off MY list lol

    • What. . .now? says:

      MD has always wanted Cameron to be a movie star–and has had him in several of his movies.

      But Cameron was entitled, spoiled brat who thought he was drug kingpin baller. His ten years in prison was a joke AND it would have been shorter, had he not had his girlfriend smuggle drugs into prison–because why? He’s always been a no talent, entitled brat. Always. ALWAYS. For his drug crimes, he honestly should have been locked up for life–sending drugs across state lines for years, using FedEx/UPS etc. to send drugs and deliver to people all over the states and possibly out of the country. Let’s be real here, if his dad wasn’t so rich and white and powerful, Cameron would have died in prison. For sure.

      • holly hobby says:

        I think MD supported his son’s career. I believe at one time he was a much sought after DJ in NY. Cameron didn’t really do much film work besides the one with all the Douglas men.

        At least the other son (with CZJ) is in college. Carys would do well to get an education too. There’s nothing memorable about her.

  9. KL says:

    Oof these photos and the video are cringey AF… But I do think Carys is totally adorable. Her look is a lot more special than Kaia Gerber.

    • Erinn says:

      I agree. I think she’s a really pretty, but also adorable girl. She might not have “it” in the way that the women in the SUPERmodel era had, but she’s got “something”. Nepotism has definitely helped, but I could easily see this young lady on a teen/young adult tv show. I prefer her to Kaia as well.

      I find Kaia looks a lot older than she is, but Carys looks her age. And they’re only two years apart. Kaia might look a bit more like a runway model, but there’s nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to having a more commercial look. It’s still profitable.

  10. K-Peace says:

    Carys isn’t even pretty! (Which is perfectly fine; most of the people in the world aren’t physically beautiful.) Catherine really believes that just because she herself is famous, that her daughter is entitled to be just given a modeling career?? What a joke.

    • ariel says:

      I am sure the young woman is pretty, but I agree that they seem to have caught her at all the wrong angles. Maybe it is just her mom got the better angles and better light- b/c as always she looks amazing. But yeah, I don’t think the photos are doing for the young woman what I assume they intended to do.

  11. Carina says:

    She’s trying to make her daughter ‘happen’ like the other nepotism model kids.

    I gotta be real….that girl is not beautiful enough to be a model. Hell, she’s even too average for catalog. She’s not ugly or anything bad, it’s just she doesnt have ‘it’ & is too average in the face. Hell, she makes Kaia Gerber look like a goddess by comparison (& Kaia Gerber, while not as gorgeous as her mom Cindy in the face, at least has *enough* of ‘it’ i.e. modelesque look in face/body).

  12. heygingersnaps says:

    Seems like a vanity project for Catherine. Sigh, with all the opportunity that comes with their kind of wealth and privilege it would have been great if their children cultivated interests apart from being a celebrity. Seems like a waste.

  13. bub244 says:

    This is really depressing me for some reason. I imagine that was not the ad’s desired effect.

  14. HK9 says:

    How about having Catherine do the damn campaign and leaving her daughter out of it. She’s not only beautiful but talented.

    • BeanieBean says:

      Exactly. I’d like to see her in another movie, too. I think she’s a terrific actress. The daughter is cute, like so many other cute girls her age. I do like the outfits, shoes, and bags of the ads–although I’m not a fan of designer Ts with that designer’s name on them.

  15. damejudi says:

    What’s weird to me is that their looks/affect don’t match in the print ads. Carys looks pretty, cute, young with a playful vibe and Catherine is all about the smolder, sexy look. It’s weird. They don’t seem to have the mother daughter feel in the print ads; I couldn’t bring myself to watch the video.

  16. Allergy says:

    What the hell???? It looks like they’re about to make out! It’s terrible.
    I like the red handbag though, I’ll find a copy of that.

    • Chaine says:

      ITA, what mom holds their teen daughter around the hips from behind like that? Whomever directed this photo shoot has some odd ideas.

      • BeanieBean says:

        I think Catherine always wants to ‘smolder’ & look sexy, no matter the shoot. Just doing ‘mom’ is beyond her.

  17. J ferber says:

    I have to disagree with other posters that Catherine is mega-talented. I saw her in Chicago and i felt Renee zelwegger (sp.?) Carried the acting burden in the movie and Catherine was adequate. Then she won an academy award. I’m betting by then her big star and influencer husband Michael Douglas was a great cheerleader for her in getting that award. Nepotism award winner Catherine wants to be that big star/influencer for her teenag daughter. Others might not agree, but that is my opinion.

    • SKF says:

      Renee was distractingly thin in that role and only an okay singer and dancer. Catherine was a powerhouse and she deserved her Oscar. She had charisma sizzling out of every pore.

  18. Lori says:

    Sigh. Just looking at the pictures reminds me it must be exhausting for Zeta to pretend she’s 49 when really she’s 59. That’s why pic looks out of focus on her face.

  19. ModCam says:

    WHAT DID I JUST WATCH. Was that outtakes from an Amy Grant music video circa 1991? Also, I know they’re mother/daughter, but is there a chance that this was actually the first time they had met and it was captured on film? The F-CK.

  20. Lenn says:

    The music does not really fit the vibe of the video. Odd.

  21. lucy2 says:

    They really should just let this kid finish high school, go to college or whatever she wants to do, and just pursue what she’s interested in. If it’s acting, great, enroll her in drama school and let her go out and start auditioning.

  22. RoyalBlue says:

    I think Carys is thirsty for fame and her mom is more than happy to use her influence to help her. I don’t think she will be a runway model as she is about 5’ 5” so maybe she is going for a print model, Reality tv or movies? I don’t know what the end game is for her.

  23. Dani says:

    She’s definitely cute – maybe she should start with Abercrombie as opposed to Fendi but I mean…

  24. Priya2242 says:

    I disagree, they both look beautiful and perfect to me.

  25. 2lazy4username says:

    Is it just me or are those pictures really bad quality? Like they were taken with a dirty lens. Also, while CZJ is drop dead gorgeous, she and her daughter bth look totally lifeless in these photos.

  26. PineNut says:

    Carys has studied ballet. She’s only 16, so who knows whether she will go to college. And she’s about 5′ 8″, same as her mother. She is very cute, looks like her dad.

  27. B Grata says:

    I think the daughter is just cute. Nothing extrordinary. Catherine looks old and overly made up. When you put her face next to her fresh 15 year old, it just makes Catherine look old.

    • DaisySharp says:

      Yes well the same could be said for all of us I’m sure, unless someone here is aging backwards. But she’s a gorgeous woman regardless.

    • Lady says:

      I look old when I stand next to my daughter too. It literally happens to all of us. I thought the shot of her and her daughter where CZJ flashes a smile was fantastic. We are all still beautiful as we age. Our beauty just changes.

  28. Other Renee says:

    I could have done a better video with my iPhone and iMovie. Nothing about that awful video would make me want to buy those bags. 🙄 The kid is average cute. The mom sees other nepo kids succeeding and is obviously determined to make sure her kid happens too. Hey, it worked for Kendall and Kylie. I just hope she doesn’t start with plastic surgery.

  29. jenner says:

    so awkward, it’s hilarious!

  30. Eleonor says:

    To me this looks like a serious case of stage mum sorry.
    The Douglas are Hollywood Royalty, and it seems like she is trying to do with her daughter the same combo Kirk and Michael had.
    I don’t like any of this. The video is awkward.

  31. Nan says:

    Poor Carys. I don’t know, she comes off like a young child in that video, like she idolizes her mom and is doing whatever her mom wants her to do. Modeling or acting, to me, are careers for people with a desire and a drive for it. She looks like a kid who needs to find her own self first.

  32. Daisy says:

    I don’t really mind nepotism kids when they actually produce good work; Eddie Campbell is a good example, she’s an amazing model. But this kid is just… not. And they are really trying to make this girl happen. Same thing with Kate Moss’ daughter. Can’t even decide which one is worse. Very beautiful young girls, but they can’t do a single noteworthy picture.

  33. ChillyWilly says:

    Hoo boy, that’s a cheesy video. I cannot imagine having Douglas and Zeta-Jones for parents. Both are huge ego maniacs. Poor Carys. Girl should go to college and make her own way in the world.

  34. KLO says:

    Carys is cute and charismatic and I wish her the best. That’s all from me folks.

  35. DragonWise says:

    That Fendi ad made me physically uncomfortable. So cringe! Carys is cute, but she doesn’t have the charisma or “it” factor that her mom has.

  36. Tourmaline says:

    Thanks for the video, it was a good laugh!

  37. Sharonk says:

    Catherine was gorgeous in intolerable cruelty.
    After that, bad plastic surgery . I agree that there’s no way she’s 50. It must be horrible to be married to an old man.
    Good advice above that these kids need a proper education. They already have family money.
    Douglas is a creep…

  38. LeonsMomma says:

    Here’s a video of Catherine Zeta-Jones in “Splitting Heirs.” I remember when I first saw it, I didn’t recognize her. I think Carys looks more like her here, though she has a weaker jaw line than her mother.

  39. Dani says:

    She’s a cute kid – the type you see all the time. No charisma, nothing distinctive. Meh.

  40. sammiches says:

    It’s weird how you don’t see this child head-on, only from the side/head turned.

  41. J ferber says:

    Skf, okay, we’ll have to agree to disagree. Powerhouse? Nah. Not at all. I guess talent, too, is in the eye of the beholder.

  42. Mrs. Peel says:

    What mother would ever spoon behind her daughter with her hands on her hips? It’s creepy AF. Also, the daughter is nowhere near model material IMO.

  43. Skittlesandkittens says:

    Carys definetly got the Douglas chin dimple!

  44. I'm With The Band says:

    Oh, Catherine. Stop trying to make fetch happen.

  45. JulieCarr says:

    I think Catherine really loves being part of a famous Hollywood dynasty. She leaned on that really hard when she first married Douglas, to the point that she made herself a bit of a laughing stock.

    I think she wants to keep the dynasty going, because really, that’s where her relevance is these days. Her career has been dead in the water for a decade, and once Kirk and Michael die that’s the end of anyone caring about the Douglas’s. Unless she can make one of her kids a star.

    • paddingtonjr says:

      ITA. Catherine and Michael seem bound and determined to make Cameron and Carys the next generation of the “Douglas Dynasty”, but I don’t see them succeeding. Catherine has always been thirsty: anyone remember her cheesy T-Mobile commercials?

  46. A says:

    I just want to say, Carys is a gorgeous name. I want to say it’s Welsh, but I don’t know for sure.

  47. SpankFD says:

    I remember Time Out London ( or similar) with CZ J on the cover which highlighted just how much plastic surgery she’s had done. Seriously, she has very few original parts, like Charlize Theron. Poor Carys is probably already on that path…

  48. Fluffy Donuts says:

    Catherine is such a fantastic actor. I loved her in Traffic, Entrapment and The Haunting (for starters). Part of me wonders if Carys isn’t a little bit intimidated to try acting considering how iconic her parents are, so this is a small stepping stone. She’s very pretty, but not grown up yet. Michael Douglas was HOT back in the day. I don’t think the video is awkward at all. Oh and the next Kaia Gerber? Seriously? Kaia is BORING. Say what you will about the Hadid sisters, they’re interesting.

  49. amilou says:

    Carys is cute, but she looks JUST like her dad.

    I don’t know what kind of career she’s going to push him into, but CZJ’s son, Dylan, definitely resembles her more.