Catherine Zeta-Jones is helping her daughter Carys Zeta Douglas step out into the public eye.

The mother and daughter are featured on the cover of Town & Country‘s new September issue, and inside the magazine they discuss the “Douglas dynasty.”

Photo: Victor Demarchelier/Town & Country
Photo: Victor Demarchelier/Town & Country

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Fifteen-year-old Carys, who has modelled for Michael Kors and Dolce & Gabbana at Fashion Week, talked about growing up with famous parents and revealed she didn’t even realize her father Michael Douglas was a Hollywood star until later in her childhood.

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

Things became more clear when the family moved to New York from Bermuda and the paparazzi were impossible to miss.

“I hated it,” Carys said. “I used to get really upset. They would jump on the subway and sit right in front of me. I was, like, six. 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.’”

She also had to endure seeing misreported tabloid headlines, including one that claimed Douglas’ cancer, which had been in remission, had come back.

“There’s this picture of my dad and it’s like, Michael Douglas Cancer Again, Dying In a Month. I just started crying,” she recalled. “I was like, ‘Why didn’t my parents tell me this?!’ Only it wasn’t true. People just always want a story to tell.”

Photo: Victor Demarchelier/Town & Country
Photo: Victor Demarchelier/Town & Country

Zeta-Jones said that she and Douglas are open about everything and make sure Carys is aware of what’s happening in their lives.

“My husband and I and my father-in-law live, and our family lives, in a world where you are going to be scrutinized,” she said. “It’s all out in the open, the good and the bad. Our kids know before anything comes out. We discuss what’s going on.”

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Photo: Victor Demarchelier/Town & Country
Photo: Victor Demarchelier/Town & Country

Carys admitted having the Zeta Douglas name was a burden for her growing up.

“When I was younger I didn’t like the idea of having this name attached to me, this kind of ‘Douglas dynasty’ stuff,” she explained. “I think what bothers me the most is that people think I don’t work hard for it, that I don’t need to work hard for it. That anything I do gets handed to me. When, honestly, I feel like it’s the opposite. I feel I need to constantly prove myself to people—that I am not just my parents’ daughter.”

But for her part, Zeta-Jones is happy with how she has raised her children.

“What I instilled in my kids, and I’m very, very proud of it, is manners,” she said. “There’s nothing worse than a privileged kid without manners. I drilled it into them like boot camp. The teenage years…She [Carys] knows she cannot roll her eyes at me, or huff and puff around me. I never did it to my mother and she’s not doing it to me.”