Academy Award winner Catherine Zeta-Jones is a bonafide New Yorker these days and, before that, lived in Bermuda. However, that doesn’t mean that the actress doesn’t miss her home country, Wales.
“America has been really good to me—really, really good to me— but I like to hold on to my British status. It’s really hard for me because, you know, I’ve been out of Wales longer than I ever lived there. I left when I was 15,” Zeta-Jones says in a new cover story in Stylist magazine. “I really miss just being able to say to my mam or my friends, ‘Just come on over for a cup of tea’ … Sometimes, you know, it can be when you want to speak to your mother or your friends and you just go, ‘Aw shit, they’re sleeping.’”
Zeta-Jones, who is married to actor Michael Douglas, admits that she is shocked that their two children haven’t picked up more of her British tastes.
“They don’t like Branston Pickle—to my horror. They don’t like Yorkshire puddings—to my horror,” Zeta-Jones explains. “They love a good shepherd’s pie because they’ve been brought up with it, because it’s pretty much all I can make fantastically well.”
It’s interesting that Zeta-Jones mentions her relationship to her home, Wales, and what an odd sensation it is to have lived away from the place where you grew up for longer than, well, the growing up. Because I’ve been thinking about this lately, too.