Growing up, did you know what your mom or dad did for a living? Or were you convinced they were superheroes who used their magical powers to fix your boo-boos?
It’s safe to say that most kids don’t know much about their parents’ actual jobs. Instead, they may come up with fun, fantastical stories, telling their friends that their mom is an astronaut who visits Mars every day. Or maybe they’ll have the wrong information and think their parents do something entirely different from their real jobs.
This includes celebrity children, too. In fact, Michael Douglas’ daughter, Carys Zeta Douglas, believed her famous father made pancakes when she was growing up.
“I thought my dad was a pancake maker,” Zeta Douglas told Town & Country in an interview for its September issue. “I didn’t know he was an actor. Honestly.”
Douglas’ 15-year-old daughter appeared alongside her mother, actor Catherine Zeta-Jones, on the cover of Town & Country’s “Modern Swan” issue, the magazine’s annual edition that features Hollywood’s rising stars born to famous parents.
The interview is a candid look into Zeta Douglas’ life growing up, with her early years spent in Bermuda before the celebrity family — including older brother Dylan, now 18 — relocated to New York City when she was around 6 years old.
It was in Bermuda where Zeta Douglas believed that her now-73-year-old father, one of the greatest actors of his generation, slung pancakes for a living. But moving to the hustle and bustle of New York from the peaceful calm of island life threw her a loop.
“I hated it,” Zeta Douglas told Town and Country about the paparazzi who followed her. “I used to get really upset. They would jump on the subway and sit right in front of me. I was, like, 6. 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.'”
Now, the young Douglas daughter is embarking on her own career in entertainment, including acting and performing music. Surely no one will mistake her for a pancake maker.