Catherine Zeta-Jones Returns To Work, Opens Up About Bipolar Illness

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Catherine Zeta-Jones always struck us as a woman not to be messed with (in the most flattering way possible!), and it looks like that same strength is helping her speak out about her mental illness. In an interview with People, Catherine Zeta-Jones discusses her bipolar disorder, offering support for those experiencing the same struggle. “This is a disorder that affects millions of people and I am one of them,” Zeta-Jones explained. “If my revelation of having bipolar II has encouraged one person to seek help, then it is worth it. There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help.”

Though it’s only been a week since Zeta-Jones checked into a mental health facility, she has since returned to Louisiana to film her new rom-com Playing The Field with Gerard Butler and Uma Thurman. News also broke earlier today that director Adam Shankman just cast Zeta-Jones in Rock Of Ages with Tom Cruise and Russell Brand. Zeta-Jones’ character is slated to sing Pat Benatar‘s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” and Twisted Sister‘s “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” Said Shankman, “She’s the villain who is out to stop rock ‘n’ roll from poisoning Los Angeles. If Tipper Gore and Anita Bryant had a love child, it would be this woman.” Given how face-meltingly good Catherine was in the musical Chicago, we can’t wait to see it, and for the actress to make a full recovery.

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