While appearing on “The Kelly Clarkson Show” this week, the 76 year-old actor Michael Douglas opened up about being mistaken for being his 18 year-old daughter Carys’ grandfather at her recent high school graduation.

Michael shares Carys and her 20 year-old brother Dylan with his wife, Hollywood star Catherine Zeta-Jones. He’s also father to son Cameron, 42, from a previous marriage.

“It’s a little rough when you’re going out the doors and the other parents are saying, ‘Oh congratulations… you must be so proud of your granddaughter,'” Michael told Kelly. “I said, ‘Well, I don’t know, man. Yeah, OK.’ I’m not gonna take it personal, I think they’re just trying to be nice.”

Michael added that despite this, he and his family “had a lovely experience” at the festivities, even if they weren’t the way they had initially pictured them due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“It was a virtual graduation. We couldn’t actually be in the same room that she was in because of COVID protections and all of that,” he said. “It was so wonderful. I’m so proud of her.”

Michael had taken to Instagram last month to congratulate Carys when she graduated.

“Congratulations to Carys and the entire class of 2021!” he captioned some photos of his family. “Your Mom and I are so proud of you! We love you so much and we are so excited for your future as the best is yet to come!”


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With Carys having graduated, Michael and Catherine are preparing to be empty nesters.

“There is that moment when they’re gone, they’re out of the house and they’re gone, and you look at each other and in the back of your mind you’re thinking, ‘What are we gonna talk about?'” Michael confessed. “… As a marriage, so much of your time revolves around talking about your kids — what they’re doing, how they’re doing, this and that, so it’s easy conversation.”

Even so, Michael is sure that he and Catherine will handle the situation well.

“We’ve got our suitcases packed, now that COVID [cases] are going down,” he said. “We’re looking to do a lot of traveling in the next couple of years. I’m going to be working over here in Europe a lot of this next year. We’ll be OK.”

Check out the full interview below.

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