In 42nd Street, Jones played the second understudy to the lead. On a night when the producer of the musical was sitting in the audience, both the lead and the first understudy were sick, so Jones stepped up to play the part. From then on, she played the lead in the play's production. Hmm, seems a little suspicious, doesn't it? We're kidding, sort of. But not really.
She also went on to star in many movies, with her biggest break arguably being her role in The Mask Of Zorro in 1998. She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Chicagoin 2002 when she played the vaudevillian Velma Kelly. She married actor Michael Douglas in 2000, and had her son Dylan in 2000 and daughter Carys in 2003.
When you have a gorgeous superstar mom raising you and a famous actor dad, life was probably just a little bit different than it was for other kids. That's Dylan on the right, and the little nugget on the left is Jones' daughter, Carys. It turns out that both children want to join their parents in Hollywood, and pursue acting.
Jones often posts throwback shots of her family on her Instagram. And of course she does - just look at those poses. We'd want to share, too. Dylan is now 17, and Carys is 14. Not only have the two taken after their parents and decided they want to go into acting, they also inherited their good looks.
Carys' mother weighs in on the idea of her children going into a risky business. "I'm all for it. A lot of people ask me, 'What do you think about that?' Well, yeah, I could give them statistics of who becomes successful and who doesn't… I could say, 'You know, you'll never get work' - but I'm not that kind of person. I've had a fabulous life as an actress. I'm excited for them to start on this journey, too," Jones said. We'd be all smiles too with that kind of support.
"They're very musical, so we sing through life," Jones says about her children. We can imagine that would be quite the fun household, and Jones agrees. "Which is a great treat for me because my husband… well, I love him, but he can't sing a note," she explained. "You know, he claims he sang on the backing track to When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going but I know Billy Ocean wouldn't let him." Sorry, Michael.
Carys has her red carpet face down to T, so clearly she's learned a thing or two from her mom. Jones goes on to describe her family, making it clear that they're all quite a talented bunch. "But my daughter plays piano, my son plays bass guitar and lead guitar and I just bought him a huge drum set, to his father's distaste." Maybe Michael is a little jealous he missed out on the musical side.
"They love disco, my son's into the Rolling Stones, and it's all very eclectic and wonderful. I love the fact that they love music so much," says Jones. It clearly makes her happy that her kids decided they'd like to follow in her and her husband's footsteps. Her children accompany her to high profile events as well, like when Carys attended the Michael Kors fashion show.
Going to the fashion show inspired Carys even more to head down the same path as her mom. "If they want to do it, they know the hardships and the percentages of who makes it and who doesn't. I just think that they've got the talent and I know that they have the drive," says Jones. We think her children will be off to a pretty good head start.
"They go to summer camp every year - they do like three musicals and straight plays - and they love it," Jones says of her children's extracurriculars. It does definitely sound like they have the drive and the passion for the work, and they're starting out young. Maybe there will be a Chicago 2?
Jones also touches on the fact that the pair have somewhat of a name to live up to, considering their famous family. "You know, I know it's going to be hard for them because they've got their grandfather, Kirk [Douglas], they've got me, they have Michael." But lucky for them, they've also got all that talent in their DNA.
Of course, it was also brought up that Carys is likely to have lots of boys asking her out on dates. But Jones quickly turned that thought into another direction, and focused on another area instead. "She's very headstrong in her career," Jones said about her daughter, emphasizing that that would be her focus.
Of course, everyone is telling Jones that her daughter is her clone. "Yeah, well she's pretty individual, very strong young lady and that I think is what I admire about her more than anything," says Jones in reply. It's apparent that she wants her daughter to be able to make her own claim to fame.
"Yeah, I love fashion," Carys said herself of the Michael Kors fashion show. "This is my first show so I'll see what happens, but I definitely see it in my future, I just don't know about right now. Actress, model, brain surgeon...we'll see." At only 14, Carys has a wide world of options open to her.