Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones has been through a lot in the past few years, helping husband Michael Douglas with his treatment for cancer, and getting a bi-polar diagnosis herself. But with her new role in "Rock of Ages," she's kicking up her heels and singing up a storm as the uptight wife of the mayor who, apparently, can belt out some Pat Benatar when she feels up to it.
"Any chance I get to sing and dance, even at home (I take)," the Oscar and Tony winner told TODAY's Matt Lauer Thursday. Though getting fit enough for the cameras was a challenge, she added: "It was a quick fix for me I have to say, because I had to go down (to film) in three weeks. ... It's unlike in theater doing it on film because there are all those different camera angles."
Zeta-Jones has largely been missing from the big screen for the past few years because she was devoting a lot of time to health issues, hers and her husband's. She said Douglas' battle with throat cancer was a real challenge. "I take my hat off to him, because he never once lost his sense of humor, even in his darkest days. It's a terrible, terrible process to go through, but he was strong throughout."
After her own bi-polar struggle was leaked to the press, Zeta-Jones spoke publicly about the mental health issue, and on TODAY said, "I feel great, it's time to move on. I'm one of many, many people who suffer with this, one of many people who are caring for cancer survivors -- he's two years clean I'm very happy to report. It puts real life into perspective."
"Rock of Ages" opens Friday, June 15.