4Catherine Zeta-Jones Doesn’t Talk About Her Bipolar Diagnosis in New Interview, But She Does Make Me Talk About Music
… And I only say that because she made it a point that she wouldn’t talk about her bipolar diagnosis in her latest interview. From IO Donna, the timeless, always-lovely Catherine Zeta-Jones on bipolar disorder in general:
“I will not speak of my diagnosis. In general, however, I would say that those who suffer from bipolar depression should not feel alone. There are millions of people in the same situation… We must talk about it, see a specialist and not withdraw into ourselves, because this is the worst thing. Here, in the sufferer let me say this: know that you are not alone and that you are not the only one to have some terrible moments.”
And CZJ on being an A-lister in the eighties:
“I had a great head of hair and wore eye-catching make-up. They were good times. I worked and I followed the music scene in Los Angeles from afar. I lived between Wales and London, England, and I loved a different kind of music, the new romantic.”
… Wait. She liked a “different kind of music, the new romantic,” or she liked “a different kind of music, the New Romantics”? Because there’s a big, big difference, and if girlfriend was into this:
Oh, wait, no. Sorry. My bad. That’s the New Radicals. Because if she was into them, then we have some serious sit-down time we need to tend to. If she means the actual “New Romanticism” movement, then dear Lord, I am so on board with this woman that it’s not even funny. Sign me up for the David Bowie love, the Duran Duran love, the Culture Club love … I could really go on and on. (OK, I will! The Human League, Flock of Seagulls, Depeche Mode, Soft Cell …) F-ck. Can we just go on about this? No? OK. I’ll just leave this right here with you for a second and be back for it after the rest of Catherine’s interview:
Catherine on stage versus on set:
“Yes, you miss the applause of the audience. But [in] Rock of Ages I liked dancing with other dancers, it was like being at home, we spent hours and hours rehearsing. In a musical you work much more intensively than in a drama, but for me it is so rewarding. It makes me happy.”
So. Let’s get back to this music business. Doesn’t Catherine have some of the best musical taste ever? Come on.
May 29, 2012 at 3:30 pm by Sarah
Because it was a pretty close one, wasn’t it? During those horrible chemo treatments, he looked like any day would be his last, but he pulled through and just recently celebrated a year of cancer-free-ness.
This story hits especially close to my heart, because ten years ago, my mom was diagnosed with an inoperable, incurable brain tumor that gave her blinding headaches and fainting spells. No joke. The doctors told her that she’d probably only live another few months, and that was with intensive chemotherapy (which was administered at home, because she was entirely too weak to be driving – or riding – across town) to sit in a hospital for hours at a time, hooked up to a sterile, loveless machine) composed of both the injectable version and pill-by-mouth versions. The first few weeks were nothing but a waiting game, because the drugs didn’t seem to be doing anything but making her sicker and weaker and prompting us to actually start making phone calls about funeral homes and opening the family vault and “Where is the memorial dinner going to be” and “We’re going to have to go shopping for her after all of this, because nothing but NOTHING is going to fit this poor lady.”
A few weeks later, and pounds lighter, my mom came home from one of her doctor’s appointments full of hope. Well, no, that’s not entirely true. She was actually full of hope from the get-go almost, but this particular day was over the top even for her. She claimed that the doctor was going to try an invasive procedure called Gliadel Wafer Therapy, wherein a microchip-like thing would be inserted into the back of her head and would shoot constant, timed, small doses of the chemo drug in addition to what she was already taking. Needless to say, three weeks later the tumor had shrunk to the size of a pea (it was, at its largest, the size of a standard doorknob), and three weeks after that it was gone entirely.
So my mom’s been in remission for ten years, now, and there’s no sign that the tumor is coming back, but hey. Every day’s really a blessing and though you never really know when you’re going to go, it’s important to know what kind of legacy you’re leaving behind, and I think Michael gets that, too.
And that’s why I’m glad that Michael Douglas did, indeed, rip the head off of that shitty-assed tumor that overtook his throat. He’s a solid dude with a family and wife who’re immensely important to him. Now if we could get him to stop smoking entirely – if he hasn’t already – we’ll be in some even better business.
January 11, 2012 at 4:30 am by Sarah
How has no one noticed this before? I mean, I’m not the most observant apple in the barrel, but jeez! Catherine Zeta-Girle, what have you done to your face? I suppose it’s partially because you’re married to Michael Douglas, who’s, what, bumping seventy, and you look immensely young next to him regardless, but I Googled your age and you’re telling me you’re only forty-two? Why so heavy on the facial fillers? And why get some that’d start to deflate so … unevenly?
October 17, 2011 at 10:30 am by Sarah
It was announced yesterday that Catherine Zeta-Jones has entered treatment for bipolar disorder. Apparently, after a year of dealing with her husband‘s failing health, the actress decided last week to take care of herself for a moment and address some on-going psychiatric problems. Her rep said, “Catherine made the decision to check in to a mental health facility for a brief stay to treat her Bipolar II disorder. She’s feeling great and looking forward to starting work this week on her two upcoming films.”
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Bipolar II, it’s essentially the same as regular bipolar disorder, but with an extra helping of depression. Perhaps this explains some of the disparaging remarks the actress made about herself in the press last month. Good for her for getting treatment. As a mother and a wife to an ailing husband, it’s incredibly important that she address these issues.
One question though: I’m no mental health expert, but is it really healthy for someone just out of treatment to go back to work right away, especially on something as stressful as a film set? All that pressure on someone who’s just identified herself as being in a fragile place seems like it might not be the best thing for her. Can anyone who has experience with the disease speak to this?
April 14, 2011 at 4:30 am by Molls
In a recent interview, Catherine Zeta-Jones said:
“I am not aesthetically beautiful. I have a broken nose, I had a tracheotomy when I was a kid, I have broken capillaries and I’m always asking my husband ‘do I look fat in this dress? Can you see that spot on my face’.”
Is she serious with this? If she is not “aesthetically beautiful,” then who is? I understand personal insecurities and all that, but I hate it when unbelievably gorgeous women like Catherine Zeta-Jones complain about their looks. What do you want, Catherine, gold skin and a personal blessing from Aphrodite? Shut up and go be flawless.
May 16, 2010 at 3:27 pm by Emily
The legendary Catherine Zeta-Jones was recently photographed for Allure magazine and sources claim that she was photoshopped and airbrushed into oblivion. However, I beg to differ. You can’t make anything better by airbrushing if it’s already fucking perfect.
Zeta-Jones has always been around the top of my list for Most Beautiful Women and it’s probably because this lady’s going to look gorgeous at eighty-eight, even without the God-knows-what-kind of technology they’ll have then. I shudder to think, but merely knowing that someone as lovely as Zeta-Jones exists, spits in the face of digital photo alterations.
Catherine posed for Allure and answered some questions, as per normal, and I don’t really give a crap about the base answers because I’m too busy browsing the gallery showcase of her amazingness. However, if you’re interested in finding out what she’s got to say about … stuff, here it is:
On her plans for the future: The actress’s plan for her family, which includes husband Michael Douglas and their two young children: living on a boat and sailing around the world. “I wouldn’t be surprised if [we do] that,” she says.
Going naked for the photo shoot: When it was time for the nude portion of the shoot, Zeta-Jones promptly dropped her robe. “That’s when your dancing days and being in theater pay off,” she said. “When you’re doing a quick change, you don’t give a shit who sees you.”
On being in the trenches with Michael: “The only person I want to be in the trenches with is Michael. You know he’s got your back.”
On having a hard knock life: “I left school at 15,” Zeta-Jones says of her life experiences. “I’ve been on the road all my life. I’ve seen a lot; I’ve heard a lot. And you grow up really kind of quick.”
Enjoy the photos of the always-elegant Catherine Zeta-Jones below. Airbrush aside, if I look half that good when I’m forty, I’m considering myself to be damn, damn lucky.