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back to her roots Catherine Zeta-Jones reveals favourite role is being home with hubby Michael Douglas, kids, grandkids and dog

'Like everyone else, the last year has been side-swiped, but my kids came home and it gave me great solace'

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WELSH ROSE: Catherine Zeta-Jones

WELSH ROSE: Catherine Zeta-Jones

WELSH ROSE: Catherine Zeta-Jones

A-lister and now lifestyle guru Catherine Zeta-Jones has been a working actress since childhood, and a member of Hollywood royalty since partnering up with hubby Michael Douglas over two decades ago.

But that hasn't stopped the Oscar winner from Swansea from taking on exciting new challenges, such as teaming up with fellow Welsh star Michael Sheen for the current season of hit US cop drama Prodigal Son or expanding her eponymous lifestyle brand Casa Zeta-Jones.

Here the 51-year-old tells Magazine+ about the high and lows of the past twelve months, from becoming a fur mom to losing her famous father-in-law - and how it has made her cherish being home with her husband, their children and a new grandchild.

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Catherine and husband Michael

Catherine and husband Michael

Catherine and husband Michael

Mag+: What has the past year been like for you?

CZJ: My year has been like everybody's, just side-swiped. My children came back - one is in college and the other is in Switzerland doing her International Baccalaureate - so I had Michael and the two kids here, and I have to say, it was wonderful. It gave me solace to have my babes, my man, in here safe.

What was admirable for my kids was that they wanted to protect us as parents. They were very good. We played lots of games.

Mag+: Your stepson Cameron and his partner have recently given you a new grandchild. Tell us about this little miracle...

CZJ: Yes, his name is Ryder Douglas and he came out kicking! When there is so much going on and the news is not necessarily uplifting in any sense of the imagination, to have a newborn baby arrive is just a joy.

I've also got a puppy, which was just equally as joyous for me. It's like my third child was born.

Mag+: What can you tell us about Prodigal Son and your role in it?

CZJ: Prodigal Son is a Fox television show which I am having a real wonderful time doing. It's great to get back to work in this time.

I have come into the show in the second series but I loved the first series.

I play Vivian Capshaw, who is a doctor who knew and admired Michael Sheen's character when he was on the outside. I work at the hospital, in the psychiatric facility. It's not what she would have dreamed of as a child, but she is there. There is a coming together of minds between my character and Michael's as well as an attraction which is kind of dangerous.

I don't want to give too much away but Vivian holds her own with a fellow doctor who happens to also be a serial killer, incarcerated in the Claremont Psychiatric Facility. It's a lot of fun.

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Catherine Zeta- Jones in Prodigal Son alongside Michael Sheen and Esau Pritchett

Catherine Zeta- Jones in Prodigal Son alongside Michael Sheen and Esau Pritchett

Catherine Zeta- Jones in Prodigal Son alongside Michael Sheen and Esau Pritchett

Mag+: What attracted you to the role?

CZJ: What attracted me to it is Michael who is actually from my hometown in Wales. I had never met him let alone worked with him. My parents actually know his parents. He was in the Dylan Thomas Theatre. I was in the Contemporary Dance Theatre and we know the same childhood friends. So that was something that was so attractive to me.

Also, the storyline is so intricate. It's like a two-hander in a play. It has been a dream.

Mag+: You have also been busy with your lifestyle brand, Casa Zeta-Jones. What inspired you to start it?

CZJ: It was a long time ago. I was actually pregnant with my son after working on a movie called Traffic.

I had a hiatus for about three months where I wasn't allowed to do anything, just put my feet up, so I came up with this idea of Casa Zeta-Jones - casa being home in Spanish.

Casa Zeta-Jones is an umbrella brand of all of the things that I love - make-up, skincare, clothes, shoes. It's a lifestyle brand which is accessible, affordable, luxurious but practical. It's all the things I incorporate into my life and all of the things that I have tried and tested over the past 20 years.

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Catherine with children Carys and Dylan

Catherine with children Carys and Dylan

Catherine with children Carys and Dylan

MAG+: Where do you find inspiration?

CZJ: My inspiration is what I wear. I love clothes. I have a huge vintage collection. I make clothes. I'm the daughter of a seamstress so I was brought up with yards of fabric and pins in the shag carpet. My inspiration is what real women wear and what real women can afford.

Mag+: You share a lot of things on social media. Is that something that you enjoy?

CZJ: I do. I came late to it. I have got in contact with people that I worked with when I was a kid. It's great to, all of a sudden, get a message like that.

I keep it politically-free and as a happy time for me. I don't go out there to rant or make my point. It's my kids, my life, my dog, my hubby... it's my fun time.

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Michael Douglas with his grandson Ryder

Michael Douglas with his grandson Ryder

Michael Douglas with his grandson Ryder

Mag+: What was it like to present at a virtual Golden Globes ceremony?

CZJ: It was surreal in the way that it was a different dynamic. These award shows are fun to present because I get to meet my peers on the red carpet and chit-chat to actors I don't see all year. We are giving out kudos to great performances and great work, but I miss the people and the interaction, like everybody in every business. This year has been hard for having little or zero interaction.

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Catherine with father-in-law Kirk, who died last year

Catherine with father-in-law Kirk, who died last year

Catherine with father-in-law Kirk, who died last year

Mag+: What have you learned about yourself in the past year?

CZJ: That I am a homebody. It's been an unprecedented year. We lost my father-in-law this time last year, that was difficult, but what a wonderful life he had. What a wonderful legacy he's left.

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