Catherine Zeta-Jones quotes:

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  • I wish I was born in that era: dancing with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, going to work at the studio dressed in beautiful pants, head scarves, and sunglasses.

  • Yes, I was in love with my husband at first sight and still am. We have the most solid relationship.

  • When I first met Sean Connery he was as charming and wonderful as I first anticipated. I left Rome thinking: even if I don't do this, at least I have had a day with Sean.

  • I grew up in a small, strictly-Catholic fishing village on the coast of Wales. The people there have a different attitude to life than those in Hollywood - people stick together more.

  • I'm not the kind of person who likes to shout out my personal issues from the rooftops, but with my bipolar becoming public, I hope fellow sufferers will know it's completely controllable. I hope I can help remove any stigma attached to it, and that those who don't have it under control will seek help with all that is available to treat it.

  • I think, especially in our business we meet a lot of people, and sometimes you spend so much time being nice to strangers, and so, you know, keeping a clear head and just being nice to each other. And that's all the advice I can give.

  • For marriage to be a success, every woman and every man should have her and his own bathroom. The end.

  • I had - along with my singing and dancing, I was very happy to be born in the hometown of Dylan Thomas. So the government was financing dramatic groups and amateur dramatics and stuff like that.

  • I eat like a horse - my mother still brings me Cadbury's chocolate from Britain; I do have a very healthy appetite - but I work out.

  • I love to eat an apple after a meal, just to cleanse my teeth - they always look polished afterwards.

  • I was like any new bride, who said, 'I'm going to cook for my man.' In fact, once I started a small kitchen fire in a pan. Smoke was pouring from the pan, and I got really scared. Right next to our stove is a small fire extinguisher. You know, easy access.

  • If my revelation of having bipolar II has encouraged one person to seek help, then it is worth it. There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help.

  • I'd love to do a show in Vegas with drag queens. The tackier the better.

  • I do condition my hair with honey and beer. I smell like the bottom of a beer barrel for days afterwards, but it's very good for the hair.

  • I try and stay positive; being negative isn't good for my personality. I don't just bring myself down, I bring everyone around me down. It's like a dark cloud, 'Uh oh, here we go,' and have to snap out of it.

  • Words impress me. If a man can speak eloquently and beautifully to me, I just melt on the floor.

  • It's true, I don't like the whole cutoff-shorts-and-T-shirt look, but I think you can look fantastic in casual clothes.

  • I have siblings. And there are certain things I know that I can push their buttons. And they know they have certain things where they can push mine.

  • I get a bit gloomy when it's gloomy.

  • I rub a mixture of honey and salt all over my body to moisturise and exfoliate. You wash it off and your skin is gorgeous.

  • My stepson is a caring, considerate, worthy human being.

  • When you are 20, 40 looks really old. When I was nearing 30, that seemed like a major milestone.

  • There are people who expect me to look the way I do on-screen, where I have a great director of photography and fantastic lighting. I'm sorry to disappoint people, but I don't look like that all the time - no actress does.

  • I have this system. I torture my husband and everyone around me with my nerves and anxiety. Then, when I get on stage, the fear is gone. I've exhausted myself. It just dissipates.

  • I get terrified the first day I'm on a film set. I get nervous walking down a red carpet. I find making speeches the most terrifying thing in the world.

  • To make it more familiar to me, I ended up treating my swordplay scenes like choreography. So it was, 'One and two and three and four and five, and turn and step and down and up and lunge.'

  • I allow myself to not feel the need to be some sort of wonder woman. You can't do everything at once and tear your hair out when you miss your baby using a potty for the first time, although my son was obviously very sad that his mum was not there on his big day.

  • If I'm going to leave my family for any length of time, it had better be for a role that I haven't played before, with great people. It had better be fun.

  • I'm a terrible cook. I am not allowed to go in the kitchen anymore after I almost burned down the apartment in New York.

  • I was really hyperactive as a kid and no one knew how or where I got all this energy.

  • In Hollywood everything is so documented. If you go for a drink with somebody, it's passed around the world so quickly.

  • In Wales it's brilliant. I go to the pub and see everybody who I went to school with. And everybody goes 'So what you doing now?' And I go, 'Oh, I'm doing a film with Antonio Banderas and Anthony Hopkins.' And they go, 'Ooh, good.' And that's it.

  • I used to go around looking as frumpy as possible because it was inconceivable you could be attractive as well as be smart. It wasn't until I started being myself, the way I like to turn out to meet people that I started to get any work.

  • I buy shoes sometimes and use them as bookends. They're too beautiful to wear.

  • To make it more familiar to me, I ended up treating my swordplay scenes like choreography. So it was, 'One and two and three and four and five, and turn and step and down and up and lunge.

  • After Zorro, people spoke Spanish to me for ages. I'm Welsh but that movie instantly gave me a new ethnicity.

  • I am strong-willed, which can be annoying sometimes. And from that I think people assume I have confidence and Hollywood glamour and all that stuff, when actually, in my personal life, sometimes I'm just a goofball.

  • I'm obsessed with hula-hooping. I do it for 20 minutes a day. I don't use the old-fashioned hollow plastic kind we had when we were kids, but I discovered a new one at Danskin that's smaller and weighted.

  • He taught me the difference between a good single malt whisky and a bad one.

  • I do think I'm lucky I met Michael. Not just Michael Douglas the actor and producer with two Oscars on the shelf, but Michael Douglas, the love of my life. I really do think it was meant to happen.

  • I love 'The War Of The Roses,' especially as my husband is in it! I've often said to him it would be great to remake that with me and him in it, because then we could really get down to some serious business.

  • I have a ballet barre in my gym. I turn the music up so loud that the walls are pulsating, and I go for it for an hour.

  • I don't know, 'Zorro' was just so great for me because, knowing where I came from, everyone spoke Spanish to me, like, forever after that. And I'm, like, from Wales.

  • Being glamorous is about strength and confidence. It's black and white - dramatic. You have to be strong.

  • I like 'Zorro.' I like people you can believe that don't have those stupid powers. That is the beauty of Zorro. He's just a guy working for the people, to save the people.

  • I like women who look like women. I hated grunge. No one's more feminist than me, but you don't have to look as if you don't give a - you know. You can be smart, bright, and attractive aesthetically to others - and to yourself.

  • I find this wave of super-skinny women scary. I'm not going to lie to you, I've got to drag myself down to the gym like everybody else. But I look at the red carpet sometimes and it's like a pageant.

  • I love clothes, and yes, we go out, but it's not like I'm walking around all day in a negligee with fluffy mules.

  • I find divorces repulsive. I will never get divorced, never.

  • I don't deny myself food. I'm no saint. I love butter and cream, but I also eat lots of grains and fruits.

  • I think that the more success you have as an actor, I think, the greatest advantage of being successful as an actor or being in this business is that you have the chance to pick and choose, or you have people coming to you with a much more different variety of roles.

  • I'm quite a broad girl, not at all delicate. I watch what I eat to stay in shape, but I'm against diets. I eat when I'm hungry, three meals a day.

  • I'm more insecure than I ever let anyone know; sometimes you protect yourself with this kind of armor that people see more than they see you.

  • My mother always told me that no matter how late it is, you take your makeup off. Take it off!

  • There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help

  • I love my job but it takes a lot for me to leave my kids, leave my husband and leave my dogs.

  • I came out of the womb wearing make-up!

  • I love my lawyer. I have to say that of course!

  • In Hollywood everything is so documented. If you go for a drink with somebody, it's passed around the world so quickly. So, yes, divorce is talked about a lot, but it's so much more fun to be able to spin it with dark humour, rather than talk about real people's divorces.

  • I think pre-nups are brilliant. I get very well taken care of.

  • The smartest thing I did was to stop going online. I'm the sort of person who will just look for the negative - Michael really can't understand it, but that's just the way I am. And with my bipolar thing, that's poison. So I just stopped. Cold turkey. And it's so liberating.

  • Poor Hollywood! These things happen all over the world but what a great backdrop to have Hollywood in our movie. No, but I know people who divorce a lot....and have really nice houses. But I didn't model the character on anyone in particular. And if I did, I would never tell the name.

  • I think egg boiling is the hardest thing I've ever done, but I can make a tiramisu anytime you want.

  • All of a sudden I had a baby, because it went really quick. It was like, 'Oh! I have a baby!' So, it's great. I'm just having a great time with my children. They're here in New York with me.

  • Everyone knows we get paid a lot of money, so why pretend otherwise?

  • We recently had an extension built, to house a closet. It's like the Tardis - I go in there and never come out.

  • I don't eat carbs after 17h00 and I drink skimmed milk.

  • If my husband's going to kiss anybody, let it be Matt Damon.

  • I believe I was born to breed.

  • I like to feel sexy. I know my husband thinks I'm sexy. I think he is too. But I don't go out half-naked with 'sex' written across my back.

  • I've always wanted to hunt another human being for sport, even though I know his fear will taint the taste of the meat.

  • All that 'poor hometown girl who marries into Hollywood royalty'. It's actually quite insulting to my parents.

  • I didn't even think about movies where I came from. I wanted to be on the stage.

  • I may be the first actress to admit that beauty doesn't hold you back. I think beauty is a gift that you have to make the most of. I've worked hard at trying to look my best.

  • Iā??m more insecure than I ever let anyone know. Sometimes you protect yourself with this kind of armor that people see more than they see you.

  • I remember growing up knowing I wanted to be on the stage. I wanted to get to London as soon as possible and start auditioning for theater.

  • There are a lot of women who live with pot-bellied pigs.

  • I'm intimidated every day I go on the stage and everyday I go on a movie set. It's terrifying and I always want to reshoot the first day or the first week, I'm so terrified

  • In Hollywood everything is so documented. If you go for a drink with somebody, it's passed around the world so quickly

  • Motherhood to me is something that I always wanted, but never quite knew how it was going to happen.

  • I do a lot of swimming, both in the ocean and in the pool.

  • I don't have a trainer. Crazy, right? But I don't need anyone to motivate me. I love exercise, even things like the elliptical and stretching.

  • A great politician has great charisma.

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