She is five months pregnant with her second child with husband Michael Douglas, and the actress' role as accused murderer Velma Kelly in "Chicago" has already brought a Golden Globe nomination and she's considered a frontrunner for an Oscar nomination as well.
The Early Show's co-anchor Harry Smith had the opportunity to talk to Zeta-Jones about her critically acclaimed performance in the new movie musical.
Zeta-Jones started her career in musical theater on London's West End, but she says that was many years ago: "I stopped dancing, I should say, when I was 19 years old. Never to think that I would be called upon at 32, 33 to do this."
Critics have called the actress' portrayal of Velma Kelly as sexy and powerful. Zeta-Jones says playing the character was fun, and she worked hard on finding nuances so that the audience could understand the woman.
Zeta-Jones was considered for the part after "Chicago" producer Marty Richards saw her casually sing at a Christmas party years ago.
"It probably wasn't even good," says Zeta-Jones. "He said, 'Do you dance?' I said, 'Yeah, I use to dance, you know, and did tap dancing. I was a hoofer.'"
But there were years of delays before Miramax Films was able to transfer the musical from stage to screen. Once the cast of Zeta-Jones, Rene Zellwegger and Richard Gere was set, the first order of business was to get in shape.
"I just buckled down and tried to get into a regime on a stamina level more than anything because I knew that, unlike doing theater, I would have to do this number three or four times every hour in different angles," says Zeta-Jones. "I remember after all the training and all the hard work, and the bruises and the scratches, there I was on the first day of shooting. And the spotlight hits me and it's 'All That Jazz' … And it was magical."
Zeta-Jones says her husband saw "Chicago" at the movie's premiere, and he said he was proud of her.
"He said, probably, it's one of the most thought-out movies he's seen in years," says Zeta-Jones. "He said, 'It makes you wanna be in movies and go see movies.'"
Her father-in-law, legendary actor Kirk Douglas, told her the movie was like the good old days.
Zeta-Jones says she feels good, but she is tired. She is promoting the movie, caring for a two-year-old and is about five months pregnant.
Would she call herself a "superwoman?"
"No, never superwoman," explains Zeta-Jones. "You can't even say it's juggling anything because [it's] such precious things that you're juggling in a family. But I tell you something, I have more fun now with all those different elements than I ever had before. Everything is much easier now because I have a wonderful support mechanism and a great life. Everything else is a bonus."