Los Angeles, CA (Variety) — When we meet at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Michael Douglas has just battled afternoon traffic from Pasadena, where he was doing an errand while in town to present at the Emmys and do promotional press for “The Kominsky Method,” the Netflix comedy created by Chuck Lorre that bows Nov. 16 and in which Douglas stars.
“I hate traffic,” says Douglas, who lives with wife Catherine Zeta-Jones and their teenage daughter, Carys, in Bedford, N.Y., about an hour outside the city (son Dylan is a freshman at Brown U. in Providence: “He’s taking British colonial history in India — it’s him and six seniors.”). “The beauty there, I love it,” says Douglas of their leafy suburban hamlet in Westchester County, far away from the sprawling network of asphalt highways comprising Los Angeles.
Douglas, in a pale yellow button-down and baggy khaki pants, takes a seat at the Montage’s outdoor café and runs a hand through his white-gray hair. At 74, he radiates charisma, but also a familiarity and warmth that makes you feel instantly at home. He’s a grandpa — son Cameron and girlfriend Viviane Thibes had a daughter, Lua, in December — and shares iPhone snaps … — Malina Saval/@Variety