Date: 4th March 2013

Zeta-Jones: "My demons prepared me for this role"

Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones has revealed how she used her own battle with bipolar disorder to prepare for her comeback big-screen role as a psychiatrist.

The Welsh actress stars as Dr Victoria Siebert in Steven Soderbergh’s thriller 'Side Effects', which opens on Friday. She stars alongside Jude Law, Channing Tatum and Rooney Mara in the thriller which sees lead character Emily seek professional help for her anxiety issues.

Zeta-Jones told the film’s writer Scott Z. Burns that dealing with her own "demons" meant she understood the role.

He said: ‘In our very first meeting, Catherine said to me, "I know a lot about this. I’ve been dealing with my own demons. I’ve spent some time in psychiatry.'"

Zeta-Jones, 43, attended the 770-a-day Silver Hill psychiatric clinic in Connecticut in 2011, where she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Miss Zeta-Jones confessed to feeling anxiety of her own before marking her return to the limelight by reprising her role in 'Chicago' for last weekend’s Oscars show.

But the actress said she was nervous about singing live, ten years after the film's debut, and had prepared with a back up track just in case.

Source: Press Release



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