Why Cameron Diaz Left Hollywood: Inside Her Off-the-Radar Life

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A decade in the past, Cameron Diaz was the very best-paid actress in Hollywood.

In the 12 months main as much as June 2008, she had earned roughly $50 million, in accordance with Forbes, because of being a star of the 4-half Shrek franchise, plus stay-motion turns within the comedy What Occurs in Vegas and the tear-jerker My Sister’s Keeper, which got here out the next yr.

“Cameron Diaz, that is my woman. Now she’s a bloody prime actress, is not she?” Eric Bana‘s utterly obnoxious husband stated in entrance of his actress spouse performed by Leslie Mann in Judd Apatow‘s 2010 comedy Humorous Individuals. “…Ahhh, One thing About Mary. I love that film! She’s so humorous!”

Level being, Diaz was all the time the epitome of the lads-need-her-and-ladies-need-to-be-her film star: beautiful however relatable; good in gross-out comedies, motion films and trippy stuff like Vanilla Sky; and just about the individual you most needed to hang around with on the celebration.

But even with so many individuals paying consideration on a regular basis, it was nonetheless straightforward to overlook that, like a cruise ship, the 4-time Golden Globe nominee had slowly… slowly… began to vary course.

Till seemingly unexpectedly at some point, it turned out she had carried out a full one hundred eighty and sailed off in a completely totally different course.

It simply so occurs that Selma Blair, Diaz’s co-star in 2002’s The Sweetest Factor,  joked in a new interview that Diaz had lately advised her over lunch that she had retired from appearing.

“I imply, she does not have to make any extra movies. She has a reasonably nice life, I do not know what it might take to convey her again. She’s completely satisfied,” Blair (who subsequent up will probably be on the Paramount Community’s Heathers reboot) was quoted as saying. The actress took to Twitter at present to make clear that she was kidding, however the R-phrase made loads of headlines.

Nevertheless, whereas Blair tweeted that Diaz “is NOT retiring from ANYTHING,” nobody wanted to level out that Diaz has stepped away from the appearing grind.

As Blair insinuated by saying Diaz’s life was “fairly nice” already, it isn’t as if she wants the cash. However after being certainly one of Hollywood’s prime stars, the place did Cameron go and why?

For starters, perhaps 20 years of working kind of nonstop was sufficient. Theoretically most individuals would love to retire—or no less than take a pleasant, lengthy break, or at the very least work much less—after placing in a strong 20.

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Diaz, whose final movie was 2014’s Annie (20 years after her huge-display debut in The Masks), truly dropped clues in a few of her later interviews as she promoted her books and new approaches to wellness and dwelling the great life, that she might have simply been over the sport. A recreation which, prior to now 4 years, hasn’t actually modified—although, like Diaz’s trajectory, it is lastly, slooooowly beginning to flip.

“Our viewpoint, and I feel society’s view and tackle growing older, is absolutely what perpetuated this, what propelled me to put in writing the e-book, as a result of I’m in that place the place individuals ask me…it is superb what individuals ask me,” Diaz stated, laughing, in an interview with the LA Evaluate of Books in 2016, speaking about The Longevity Ebook. “It was very fascinating as I used to be turning forty to get the questions like…’Aren’t you scared? Is not this, like, the worst factor ever that you simply’re turning forty?’ And I noticed, as a result of I wasn’t terrified of it, I wasn’t feeling disgrace about it—however hastily I felt like, once you’re informed one thing over and again and again, you begin to contemplate it another way.

“And I began considering, ‘Wow, ought to I be frightened of this?’ After which I went, ‘No, I am not, as a result of really feel robust.'”

Therefore her tomes reminiscent of 2013’s The Physique E-book about, sure, the best way to appear and feel your greatest self, but in addition her 2016 comply with-up detailing what occurs if you age and about tips on how to ditch the disgrace and worry related to rising older as a result of, gasp, you may begin to look older as properly.

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Diaz’s perspective can be a welcome addition to every little thing happening now in Hollywood, with speak of the discrepancy in how women and men are handled dominating the dialog, however she was truly addressing many of those points—comparable to Hollywood’s drawback determining what to do with ladies over forty—years in the past. (And if her aspect gig as a wellness aficionado sounds acquainted…sure, she and Gwyneth Paltrow are associates.)

She famous in 2016 that whereas loads of older ladies in Hollywood are nonetheless getting nice elements and profitable awards, and there would all the time be work for the kids, ladies of their 40s ended up being the odd ones out.

“You possibly can’t play 25 anymore,” she stated. “You possibly can’t play 70. And to start out contemplating your self able the place you need to go, ‘I am going to play the mother!’ or ‘the lady in transition [from one stage of life to another]’—nicely, the place are the tales about these ladies in transition?…We’re all nonetheless caught. We’re caught prior to now or projecting into the longer term. All of us have to simply accept the place we’re at. When ladies settle for the place they’re at, they are saying ‘ I need to see tales that symbolize me,'” then Hollywood will begin making these films and exhibits. (That is just about precisely why Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman set about getting Massive Little Lies made themselves, as they’ve stated, serving to to deliver the present wave of overdue ladies-centric tales to the forefront.)

And but even when an actress is on the prime, she’s nonetheless solely up so excessive.

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When Diaz was the very best-paid actress in 2008 with $50 million, her male counterpart, Will Smith, topped the actors record with $eighty million. (Although he might have had extra irons within the hearth, with producing and music, he had simply been in two films that tanked, Hancock and Seven Kilos, and truly did not find yourself doing one other film until 2012’s Males in Black three.) That hole has but to shut, with Dwayne Johnson‘s $sixty eight million shadowing Jennifer Lawrence‘s $forty six million in 2016, after which final yr Mark Wahlberg‘s $sixty eight million dwarfing Emma Stone‘s $26 million. (In the meantime, contemplating Stone gained the Greatest Actress Oscar in 2017 and most critics have agreed they need to simply cease making Transformers films, that is additionally a popular culture conundrum.)

However whether or not Diaz thought a lot about unfairness within the second or not, she skilled all the craziness—the ageism, the relentless paparazzi, the rumors about her love life, the male gaze, impertinent questions on marriage and household—whereas she was targeted on making films, regardless.

She was additionally absolutely acquainted with having her phrases develop into fodder for the outrage cycle, which was dangerous sufficient even earlier than Twitter took that recreation of whack-a-mole to new lows.

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She raised eyebrows in 2012 when she advised Britain’s Sunday Occasions, “I feel each lady does need to be objectified. There’s slightly a part of you always that hopes to be considerably objectified, and I feel it is wholesome.” About doing racier scenes, she stated, “I am a lady, I understand how to deal with myself. I do know what I really feel snug doing and I do know my sexuality.”

Nicely how dare she?! 

It takes three additional seconds to attempt to perceive what she meant—that plenty of ladies take pleasure in compliments and being an object of want, that it might really feel good to have your seems admired, and there is nothing fallacious with that—however a lot was product of her remark, as if she was saying it is high-quality to objectify ladies on a regular basis, generally. Which, when you’d ever paid any consideration to anything she’d ever stated, was clearly not what she was saying there. And lord is aware of that type of factor would not fly now. 

Truly, since Diaz might afford to get out and concentrate on different issues, who can blame her?

“I simply went, ‘I can not actually say who I’m to myself,’ which is a tough factor to resist,” Diaz advised an viewers final June on the Goop Wellness Summit about her determination to step away from her day job. “I felt the necessity to make myself entire.”

Although Diaz was additionally somebody who stated she did not essentially see marriage in her future, whereas additionally taking a “by no means say by no means” strategy, her break from appearing coincided together with her assembly her husband, Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden.

“We girls are objectified a lot,” she stated on the Goop occasion. “Someway my husband has simply been capable of type of present me what it is like to not have that be part of a relationship, and being an equal.” (Ladies’s views are additionally allowed to evolve, thanks. Diaz did not used to place all that a lot inventory in monogamy, both.)

Diaz and Madden began courting in 2014 and shocked the world (together with lots of their pals) by getting married on Jan. 5, 2015—a Monday—at Diaz’s (or by then, their) Beverly Hills residence. The groom’s twin brother, Joel Madden, and spouse Nicole Richie(who had invited Benji to a cocktail party they have been throwing with Diaz, setting the entire thing in movement) have been among the many friends, as have been Lionel Richie, Drew Barrymore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Leslie Mann (who had simply made The Different Lady with Diaz) and Judd Apatow. 

When Diaz resurfaced a yr later to start out selling The Longevity Guide, she admitted to Andy Cohenthat falling in love and tying the knot so shortly had taken her abruptly as nicely.

“It was a type of issues the place everybody tells you, ‘You simply know when you recognize,'” she stated on Sirius-XM’s Radio Andy. “I used to be like, ‘What does that imply? Oh, I get it. You simply know when you understand.’ Like, ‘you are my husband.'”

And identical to that, any demons from the previous frittered away.

“You recognize, nothing issues now that I’ve my husband,” Diaz stated. “Like, I do not even keep in mind any of that.” (As in earlier relationships with the likes of Justin TimberlakeJared Letoand Alex Rodriguez.) “All of that’s like, that is the factor, that is how I do know he is my husband…Nobody compares. The whole lot else identical to washes and slips away. You understand like, ‘Oh, that is like the actual factor…That is what actual love is. That is what actual dedication and devotion is. That is the individual you construct your life with.'”

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However regardless of beating her retreat from Hollywood (all the best way over the hill to the San Fernando Valley), she stays on prime of the problems presently roiling the business and society generally. In January she was on the 2018 Ladies’s March in L.A., the place she made a uncommon look in a selfie with Adele and Jennifer Lawrence, which each the singer and the Oscar winner posted on-line.

For her half, Diaz has a hate-tolerate relationship with social media, which she first ditched in 2014 and later referred to as “a loopy-ass experiment on society.”

“The best way individuals use it to get validation from a bunch of strangers is harmful,” she informed Cosmopolitan in 2015. “What is the level?”

She acquired a bit into Instagram, however she hasn’t posted since Nov. eight, 2016, a selfie through which she’s proudly sporting her “I voted” sticker. “I voted at the moment for the nation I need to stay in… a rustic the place there’s equality, inclusion, acceptance and freedom that EVERY American deserves… Please exit and vote for the America you need to stay in..,” Diaz wrote.

It isn’t a lot of a leap to trace her from there to the Ladies’s March. However whereas nowadays Diaz is doing extra to maneuver her favored causes alongside from behind the scenes, she stated lots up to now to provide us an concept about simply how a lot she’s having fun with this era of her life. 

“Ladies, if we’re trustworthy with ourselves, we simply get higher with age,” she advised the LA Evaluation of Books in 2016. “We get happier with age…One of many causes I needed to show forty is as a result of I knew that I would not give a s–t about so many issues.”

She continued, “And there is such a freedom in that. Not only a freedom, however a worth, as a result of then you definitely get to take part in life and society, and relationships, in a totally totally different approach that I feel has extra substance, that has extra to supply.”

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