Within the six years since Cameron Diaz final appeared onscreen, the actress married singer Benji Madden, grew to become a mom, and launched a “clean wine” model known as Avaline, amongst different endeavors. Throughout this era, Diaz additionally casually revealed that she had retired from performing, a call, she instructed Gwyneth Paltrow this week, that left her at “peace.”
“I got a peace in my soul,” Diaz stated throughout an interview with Paltrow for Goop. “Because I was finally taking care of myself.”
In 2018, throughout an interview pegged to the anniversary of The Sweetest Factor—one of many many beloved comedies Diaz headlined within the 1990s and 2000s—Diaz known as herself “actually retired.” However till this week, she hadn’t really detailed her causes for stepping again from performing.
“It’s a strange thing to say. I know a lot of people won’t understand it,” she instructed Paltrow. “But it’s so intense to work at that level and be that public and put yourself out there. There’s a lot of energy coming at you at all times when you’re really visible as an actor and doing press and putting yourself out there. I’m sensitive to some energies and not others, but I do get the overwhelming energy of the attention being put towards me. I stopped, I really looked at my life, and I saw what I had been [missing].”
As Diaz defined, being a film star left her feeling like a product in her personal life. “When you’re making a movie, it’s a perfect excuse. They own you,” she stated. “You’re there for 12 hours a day. For months on end, you have no time for anything else. I realized I handed off parts of my life to all these other people and they took it.”
She added, “I had to basically take it back and take responsibility for my own life. That’s my job. There’s a lot of things I had to iron out, a lot of relationships I had to repair, a lot of relationships I had to build that were absent in my life.”
A former mannequin, Diaz shot to stardom nearly instantly along with her debut reverse Jim Carrey in 1994’s The Masks. From there, Diaz grew to become one of the crucial common and profitable actresses in Hollywood all through the late ‘90s and 2000s, starring in blockbusters such as My Best Friend’s Marriage ceremony, There’s One thing About Mary, Shrek, Charlie’s Angels, and Unhealthy Trainer, amongst different hits. Throughout that point, she labored with legendary administrators like Spike Jonze, Martin Scorsese, Cameron Crowe, Ridley Scott, and Nancy Meyers.