The Something About Mary actress hasn’t appeared in a film since 2014.
Former Hollywood star Cameron Diaz sat down with actress Gwyneth Paltrow on her “In goop Health: The Sessions” podcast and revealed her reasons for retiring from the movie business, proclaiming “peace” when she quit acting.
Diaz cited how her mentality has changed and the impact it had on her career and relationships.
“I just decided that I wanted different things out of my life. I had gone so hard for so long, working, making films and it’s such a grind,” said Diaz. “I didn’t really make any space for my personal life.”
Diaz, 47, had a stellar career and thrust into the national spotlight acting alongside Jim Carrey in the 1994 “The Mask” release. Since then, she became a permanent fixture on the big screen scoring big with movies like “There’s Something About Mary” (1998) and “Vanilla Sky” (2001). Also, Diaz found critical acclaim and four golden globes nominations with her performances in the aforementioned Vanilla Sky, There’s Something About Mary, Being John Malkovich (2000), and Gangs of New York (2003).
You could say Cameron Diaz was the biggest female movie star for 5 years in the 2000s.
When asked what it felt like to walk away from a successful movie career, she replied: “A peace. I got a peace in my soul.” She added: “I finally was taking care of myself.”
The former actor instead decided to focus on her relationships, including her marriage with musician Benji Madden. The couple had their first child in January 2020.
“When you’re making a movie, it’s a perfect excuse — they own you. You’re there for 12 hours a day for months on end and you have no time for anything else,” she said.
“Actors are infantilized. We’re put in a position where everything is taken care of for us.”
Cameron Diaz certainly sounds like she’s living her best life.
“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,” she said.
Looks like her energy is certainly exactly where she wants it to be.