Zeta-Jones is playing the role of Helena Ayala,
the wife of a drug dealer (played by Steven Bauer).
When he is arrested, she is pushed to the limit
and proves that she will do anything for the protection
of her family.
she has been well known in her native Britain
for quite some time, Catherine Zeta-Jones is still
relatively new to American audiences. After doing
some television work and appearing in several
films, Zeta-Jones got her big break in THE MASK
OF ZORRO opposite Antonio Banderas. She went on
to star with Sean Connery in ENTRAPMENT, THE HAUNTING
and she had a small role in HIGH FIDELITY with
Until now, Zeta-Jones
has been criticized for being all sex appeal and
little talent. With TRAFFIC, her first dramatic
role (in a quality film) since being stateside,
it looks like she will finally be able to quiet
her critics. She has been receiving rave reviews
for her performance, and has been nominated for
a Golden Globe Award.
What makes her TRAFFIC
performance even more astounding is that she was
pregnant during filming (incidentally with costar
and husband Michael Douglas' baby...as if you
didn't know already).