“It’s just something that comes from being 53”

Catherine Zeta-Jones says she's excited for the next chapter in her life.  (Photo: Rich Fury/Getty Images)

Catherine Zeta-Jones says she’s excited for the next chapter in her life. (Photo: Rich Fury/Getty Images)

Catherine Zeta-Jones is finding release in getting older.

In an interview with InStylethe Oscar-winning actress, 53, opened up about her excitement about her next chapter, not taking anyone’s shit and the perils of pigeonholing.

“Something about getting older was that I don’t take a lot of shit from people,” she said. “Not that I’m snappy, or that I’m looking for shit out of people. I just don’t take it, and I don’t take it very kindly. And it’s just something that comes from experience and it’s just something that comes from being 53. But now I really feel like there’s a different chapter ahead of me, and it’s exciting to see what happens next. My dreams have come true, and everything else is now a bonus to me.”

She also went on to explain that shortly after having her own children, she discovered a renowned sense of agency that gave her the confidence to select only the roles she truly wanted. Jones has been married to her husband, Michael Douglas, of 22 years and they have two children: 22-year-old Dylan and 19-year-old Carys.

“I just felt it was okay for me to say, ‘OK, now I can catch a breath. I don’t have to be on all the time now,'” he said. “At this point, I had two little critters to take care of. I wouldn’t change a thing, but I think after all the work I’ve done before, I feel like I can be — not selective — but [take on] whatever tickles my fancy. And it’s a wonderful position to be in as an actor.”

That’s not to say he doesn’t run into Hollywood’s silo problem.

“I’m like, ‘Oh, the women — they’re really good Thatbut she’s probably a terrible mother, and is she ever home?’ She’s like, no, we’re multifaceted,” said Jones, who plays Morticia Addams on Netflix Wednesday series.

She also talked about the secret to relationship longevity, talking about the importance of picking your battles and deflecting the pressures of “relationship goals.”

“I think it’s more about not thinking, for example, that we’re on a pedestal where people are like, ‘Oh, that’s perfect,’ because nothing is perfect — never, ever, ever, ever,” Jones said. “But what we have is a very respectful relationship, in that we’re not consumed by each other’s careers in the first place, and we have interests and friends who are just not in our business.”

Of maintaining a 10-year marriage, he thinks it’s best to “let it out when it has to go out and shut up when you have to shut up,” is what I say.

“It’s a long journey. Pick your battles,” Jones explained.

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