Michael Douglas Reacts To Being Mistaken For The Grandfather Of His Daughter Carys

Jun 10, 2021 by apost team

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have gone through a lot of ups and downs. Their lives have changed a great deal since they moved between the U.S. and Bermuda with their children Dylan Douglas and Carys Zeta-Douglas. Overcoming the pressure of being the daughter of a Hollywood actor and granddaughter of Kirk Douglas, another famous celebrity, it is commendable to see Carys carving out a niche for herself. Although she isn’t necessarily interested in acting, Carys is following other passions of her interest — ones that are more than achievable given the notable fame of her parents and her late grandfather. Like her mother — noted style icon and actress — Carys seems to have an interest and eye for fashion and even has had the opportunity to pursue it!
Carys’ mother, Catherine, aspired to be an actress from a young age. Despite her family’s humble background, Catherine made it to Hollywood and became a breakthrough actress in the ’90s and early 2000s. Carys’ father, Michael, is also a prominent actor and producer in Hollywood, with his father, Kirk, being a classic Hollywood staple in the acting industry. Carys’ parents got married in New York on November 11, 2000, after Michael officially got divorced from his previous wife, Diandra Luke. Catherine and Michael share more than just an affinity for acting; they also share a birthday on Sept. 25, 25 years apart.

On an episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show, Michael Douglas explained how the age gap between him and his wife has even caused confusion for people when it comes to his daughter. On June 8, 2021, Michael Douglas confessed to show host Kelly Clarkson how people mistake his daughter Carys for his granddaughter.

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Michael Douglas (2021), (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images/Hollywood Foreign Press Association)

Carys was born to her mother Catherine and father Michael on April 3, 2003. She lived in Bermuda with her parents and younger brother, Dylan, until 2009, before the family settled down in rural New York State in 2016. Because the family has always been away from the hustle-and-bustle of Hollywood, Carys even admitted once that she didn’t even know her father was an actor.

Carys told Town & Country magazine in an interview:

“I thought my dad was a pancake maker. I didn’t know he was an actor. Honestly.”

Despite Carys not knowing her father’s profession for quite some time, the famous parenting pair made a point of making sure that Carys knows that she is living an extraordinary life. In 2017, she attended Fashion Week for the first time. The following year, Carys went to New York a second time and enjoyed the fashion shows and parties all over again, including those of Michael Kors and even Dolce & Gabbana. She was probably thrilled to be able to attend the event for the second year in a row, even though she was only a teenager.

Carys told Town & Country in her interview:

“Fashion has been so important in my life, because my mom is like a fashion icon to me. I’m always looking through her closet.” 

Carys even has her own favorite item from her mom Catherine’s closet:

“She has this one thing, and it’s absolutely crazy. It’s this pink kimonoey coat, but it has this fur and these fringes. It’s just so cool.”


On June 8, 2021, Michael Douglas was featured on The Kelly Clarkson Show and opened up about a mix-up that happened to him at his daughter Carys’s high school graduation. All of the parents were congratulating one another when one parent said to Douglas, “You must be so proud of your granddaughter.” Douglas opened up about how the encounter was awkward as he said, “It’s a little rough.”

The 76-year-old actor laughed as he said:

“I’m not going to take it personal. I know they’re just trying to be nice.” 

The graduation was not traditional but rather virtual. Douglas told Clarkson:

“We had a lovely experience. It was a virtual graduation. We couldn’t actually be in the same room that she was in because of COVID protections and all of that.”

He continued as the two laughed:

“It was so wonderful and we’re so proud of her, but I’ve got to tell you, Kelly, it’s a little rough when you’re going out the doors and the other parents are saying, ‘Oh congratulations ... you must be so proud of your granddaughter.’”

Now that Carys is off to college and her brother Dylan is already studying at Brown University, Catherine and Michael will have an empty nest. Douglas spoke to the adjustment as he said:

“There is that moment when they’re gone and they’re out of the house ... and you look at each other and in the back of your mind, you’re thinking, ‘What are we going to talk about?’”

Since Catherine and Michael’s marriage has already lasted over two decades, we’re sure they’ll adjust to life with an empty house just fine.

What do you think of this mix-up? Have you experienced something similar? Let us know your thoughts, and be sure to pass this on to others looking for a good laugh!

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