Catherine Zeta-Jones: ‘A Good Script Is Like Finding Gold’ (VIDEO)
Since making her breakthrough in 1998 in The Mask of Zorro, Catherine Zeta-Jones has enjoyed a remarkable variety of acting opportunities: cat burglar, pregnant drug lord, a vaudevillian inmate, a hard-edged chef, and in her new film, Side Effects, a mysterious psychiatrist.
But after working with director Steven Soderbergh for the third time, Zeta-Jones says she immediately recognizes the difference between a project that will offer her real challenges and one that challenges her only to find something – anything – to do with a lackluster role.
“It’s when you have the script that’s not so good, an you’re going, ‘okay, what I going to do to make this anything kind of interesting?’” she continues. “And the work I’ve done with Steven has always been on the page.”
In Side Effects, Zeta-Jones plays a doctor who offers a second opinion to a psychiatrist (played by Jude Law) trying to find the right prescription for a patient’s depression. What soon unfolds is a complex web of murder and deception where nothing is as it initially seemed.
Zeta-Jones credits Soderbergh for offering her opportunities that she might not otherwise enjoy – opportunities which buoy her continuing enthusiasm for acting.
“The characters he seems to cast me in are certainly not one-dimensional,” she says. “And as an actor, to be able to read a script and find those nuances and surprise an audience with the twists and turns of the character is terrific.”
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