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Meet Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Atlanta “wife”

Atlanta actress Catherine Dyer played the wife of Arnold Schwarzenegger's character in "Ten."

Atlanta actress Catherine Dyer played the wife of Arnold Schwarzenegger's character in "Ten."

We met a woman who had been Arnold Schwarzenegger’s wife this week. She’s blonde, beautiful and lives right here in Atlanta. Although their union didn’t last, she had nothing but kind things to say.

“He was a doll,” said actress Catherine Dyer, who portrayed the wife of Schwarzenegger’s character in “Ten,” a gritty cop drama that filmed here this fall.

“He was lovely. He was chatty. He was very sweet,” Dyer said of her on-screen spouse. “There’s an endearing quality about him that I wasn’t expecting.”

Her film credits include roles in the made-in-Atlanta movies “The Blind Side,” starring Sandra Bullock, and “The Joneses,” starring Demi Moore and David Duchovny, but she had not met or worked with Schwarzenegger before “Ten.”

“I was in the makeup trailer getting my hair done and I heard the voice,” she said of the former California governor’s distinctive accent. “I turned around and said, ‘Hi, I’m your wife.’”

“Ten,” directed by David Ayer, is about a group of elite DEA agents battling members of a ruthless drug cartel. Without giving away the plot, we can tell you that Dyer’s role was physically and mentally demanding.

“I’m glad I go to the gym and am somewhat healthy,” she said. “I did a lot of yoga stretching. It was harrowing but fun.”

Catherine Dyer and her real-life husband, actor Jason MacDonald

Catherine Dyer and her real-life husband, actor Jason MacDonald

The movie, also starring Sam Worthington, Joe Manganiello, Terrence Howard, Olivia Williams and Josh Holloway, should hit theaters sometime next year. While she awaits the release date Dyer and her real-life husband, actor and restaurateur Jason MacDonald, are keeping busy working on other projects.

“We’ve been auditioning like crazy,” said MacDonald, whose film credits include roles in “Life as We Know It” and “The Joneses” and has appeared in episodes of numerous shows including “Necessary Roughness,” “Single Ladies,” and “The Vampire Diaries.”

The two were working in New York when they moved south in 2006 to help care for Dyer’s father, who died in October, thinking at the time that they were putting their acting careers on hold. In fact they came at the right time for professional as well as family reasons, as Georgia’s tax incentives for film projects kicked in just a couple of years after they arrived.

“Let’s hope it keeps going strong,” Dyer said. “Keep those tax incentives going.”

20 comments Add your comment

Who's YOur Daddy

December 14th, 2012
11:26 am

In the Dark

December 14th, 2012
11:37 am

Why do you call him names?

Kim Kay

December 14th, 2012
12:24 pm

here we go AGAIN

Bucky Head

December 14th, 2012
12:48 pm

I heard she had some sisters in Atlanta, is that true?

markie mark

December 14th, 2012
1:39 pm

The movie, also starring Sam Worthington, Joe Manganiello, Terrence Howard, Olivia Williams and Josh Holloway, should hit theaters sometime next year.

Reading is fundamental, and text is color blind.

First2Fight1775

December 14th, 2012
1:56 pm

Completely off topic but everything isnt racism and for the folks who think it doesnt still exist what rock do you live under? Currently deployed in afghan I had my parents send me ” white mans burden” with travolta and poitier. Some had never seen the movie but have a completely different understanding after seeing it. We visit the AJC online as a source to see whats happening back home and with every post its always a few morons making insensitive comments or AJC allows the race issue to go back n forth. I suggest all of u black white purple blue or whatever go volunteer somewhere outside of your comfort zone and exhaust this wasted energy on something that will make a difference. Its almost 2013 for god sakes who still cares about color ?…The taliban sure dont…

Tammy watson

December 14th, 2012
2:31 pm

Please, this article was about two hard working talented Atlanta artists…good for them!

Take your bigotry and nastiness and talk to the person in the mirror!…..how do they look??

ironeagle

December 14th, 2012
2:47 pm

was a nice surprise seeing Catherine and Jason featured here! two wonderful people that have worked hard to bring enjoyment to all of us. i am proud of them and happy to call them friends.
good good good people i tell you!
the best always to them both!

mamaj

December 14th, 2012
2:52 pm

This article was not about 2 hardworking “Atlanta” artists. It was about an actress who lives here in Atlanta that starred in a movie with the adulterer, Arnold Swartzenegger. A real bigot doesn’t look in the mirror expecting to see what you see, because they’re blind in that respect. These blogs always have ulterior motives, and they always get it, right off the bat, thanks to people like the blind” atlbrett”

for real

December 14th, 2012
4:11 pm

is it me or did the “Dude” get totally side tracked talking about construction and the laziness of a black man…..doesnt matter what color you are if you are lazy you are lazy….nothing else to say obviously he has had some problems but this particular article is not where you express you frustrations….just in case you didnt know AJC has a column called the vent there is where you express all this meaningless crap..i have always been told that you cant identify it if you wasnt it yourself..

on to the article—good for the Atlanta native I will be looking for ya on screen I support the “A”..Kudos do your thing girl! nice looking husband too (the real life one) not sure about the arrogant co-star you got next to ya

JD5

December 14th, 2012
5:36 pm

Yes, Catherine has sisters in Atlanta, and one brother in LA.

Jawja

December 14th, 2012
8:40 pm

I recommend Ahnold for the “d” list. He doesn’t even make the b.

Matt

December 15th, 2012
12:55 am

anyone else notice how jacked Arnold is?

m

December 15th, 2012
7:56 am

please stop the noise!!! it was a lovely article about my little sister!!! we are soooo proud of her…did you read the part where our father just died in October??? Have a heart!!!

cc

December 15th, 2012
10:37 am

well said, m!

DKJ

December 15th, 2012
12:23 pm

Thank you,m, for calling attention to what matters. How in the world people get off on a totally non-subject regarding the article and turn a beautiful article about beautiful Atlanta natives’ success just exasperates me. Well done, Dyer family! By the way, Catherine you look gorgeous as usual.

rlm

December 15th, 2012
1:35 pm

What is the problem Talk about racism. Maybe Mr Blackman just wanted to praise Mr Howard who is a good actor. Do not assume race card. Great article. Very attractive couple. Think about how the incentives help film and provide jobs in Atl for catering companies, location experts. Extras. They can’t all be white or black. Get a life. Ms Dyer looks beautiful. She is nice also. She relocated for her father. Thought her career was on hold and was rewarded with acting parts. This is what people should be reading. I work at the IRS and am white and in a minority and we do not worry about this ( I am not going to say the word I was raised right)___. Be nicer to one another and do not complain.

wade

December 15th, 2012
9:51 pm

Ms Dryer , ur sister is right, I totally miss that abt ur father! I’m so so sorry abt that! I was way off base! JMW

Dwayne

December 16th, 2012
10:46 pm

Jennifer Brett

December 17th, 2012
9:24 am

Folks: I’ve deleted all the racist comments that were posted here and I’m closing commenting now. I’m really not sure how a lighthearted article about an actress who got to star in a movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger turned into racial bickering.

Merry Christmas,

Jennifer