Why Cameron Diaz Left Hollywood: Inside Her Off-the-Radar Life – eonline
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A decade ago, Cameron Diaz was the highest-paid actress in Hollywood.
In the 12 months main up to June 2008, she had earned roughly $50 million, according to Forbes, thanks to being a star of the four-section Shrek franchise, plus live-action turns in the comedy What Happens in Vegas and the tear-jerker My Sister’s Keeper, which came out the following year.
“Cameron Diaz, that’s my girl. Now she’s a bloody top actress, isn’t she?” Eric Bana‘s totally obnoxious husband said in front of his actress wife played by Leslie Mann in Judd Apatow‘s 2010 comedy laughable People. “…Ahhh, Something approximately Mary. I cherish that film! She’s so laughable!”
Point being, Diaz was always the epitome of the men-want-her-and-women-want-to-be-her film star: gorgeous but relatable; kindly in uncouth-out comedies, action movies and trippy stuff like Vanilla Sky; and pretty much the person you most wanted to hang out with at the party.
Yet even with so many people paying attention every single the time, it was still easy to miss that, like a cruise ship, the four-time Golden Globe nominee had slowly… slowly… started to change course.
Until seemingly every single of a sudden one day, it turned out she had done a full 180 and sailed off in an entirely different direction.
It just so happens that Selma Blair, Diaz’s co-star in 2002’s The Sweetest Thing, joked in a fresh interview that Diaz had recently told her over lunch that she had retired from acting.
“I mean, she doesn’t need to build any more films. She has a pretty remarkable life, I don’t know what it would purchase to bring her back. She’s convinced,” Blair (who next up will be on the Paramount Network’s Heathers reboot) was quoted as saying. The actress took to Twitter nowadays to clarify that she was kidding, but the R-word made a lot of headlines.
However, while Blair tweeted that Diaz “is NOT retiring from ANYTHING,” no one needed to point out that Diaz has stepped absent from the acting grind.
As Blair insinuated by saying Diaz’s life was “pretty remarkable” already, it’s not as whether she needs the money. But after being one of Hollywood’s top stars, where did Cameron recede and why?
For starters, perhaps, possibly 20 years of working more or less nonstop was enough. Theoretically most people would cherish to retire—or at least purchase a nice, long demolish, or at least work less—after putting in a solid 20.
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Diaz, whose final film was 2014’s Annie (20 years after her ample-screen debut in The Mask), actually dropped clues in some of her later interviews as she promoted her books and fresh approaches to wellness and living the kindly life, that she may maintain just been over the game. A game which, in the past four years, hasn’t really changed—though, like Diaz’s trajectory, it’s finally, slooooowly starting to turn.
“Our viewpoint, and I consider society’s view and purchase on aging, is really what perpetuated this, what propelled me to write the book, because I am in that position where people seek information from me…it’s improbable what people seek information from me,” Diaz said, laughing, in an interview with the LA Review of Books in 2016, talking approximately The Longevity Book. “It was very lively as I was turning 40 to catch the questions like…’Aren’t you skittish? Isn’t this, like, the worst thing ever that you’re turning 40?’ And I realized, because I wasn’t fearful of it, I wasn’t feeling shame approximately it—but every single of a sudden I felt like, when you’re told something over and over and over again, you start to consider it in a different way.
“And I started thinking, ‘Wow, should I be skittish of this?’ And then I went, ‘No, I’m not, because I feel strong.'”
Hence her tomes such as 2013’s The Body Book approximately, yes, how to feel and glance your best self, but also her 2016 follow-up detailing what happens when you age and approximately how to ditch the shame and dismay associated with growing older because, gasp, you might start to glance older as well.
Diaz’s perspective would be a welcome addition to everything going on now in Hollywood, with talk of the discrepancy in how men and women are treated dominating the conversation, but she was actually addressing many of these issues—such as Hollywood’s problem figuring out what to execute with women over 40—years ago. (And whether her side gig as a wellness aficionado sounds familiar…yes, she and Gwyneth Paltrow are friends.)
She famous in 2016 that while plenty of older women in Hollywood are still getting remarkable parts and winning awards, and there would always be work for the youngsters, women in their 40s ended up being the odd ones out.
“You can’t play 25 anymore,” she said. “You can’t play 70. And to start considering yourself in a position where you maintain to recede, ‘I’ll play the mom!’ or ‘the woman in transition [from one stage of life to another]’—well, where are the stories approximately those women in transition?…We’re every single still stuck. We’re stuck in the past or projecting into the future. We every single maintain to accept where we’re at. When women accept where they’re at, they say ‘ I want to see stories that represent me,'” then Hollywood will start making those movies and shows. (That’s pretty much precisely why Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman set approximately getting ample shrimp Lies made themselves, as they’ve said, helping to bring the current wave of overdue women-centric stories to the forefront.)
And yet even when an actress is at the top, she’s still only up so high.
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When Diaz was the highest-paid actress in 2008 with $50 million, her male counterpart, Will Smith, topped the actors list with $80 million. (Though he may maintain had more irons in the fire, with producing and music, he had just been in two movies that tanked, Hancock and Seven Pounds, and actually didn’t quit up doing another film till 2012’s Men in Black 3.) That gap has yet to shut, with Dwayne Johnson‘s $68 million shadowing Jennifer Lawrence‘s $46 million in 2016, and then final year note Wahlberg‘s $68 million dwarfing Emma Stone‘s $26 million. (Meanwhile, considering Stone won the Best Actress Oscar in 2017 and most critics maintain agreed they should just stop making Transformers movies, that’s also a pop culture conundrum.)
But whether Diaz thought much approximately unfairness in the moment or not, she experienced every single of the craziness—the ageism, the relentless paparazzi, the rumors approximately her cherish life, the male gaze, impertinent questions approximately marriage and family—while she was focused on making movies, regardless.
She was also fully acquainted with having her words become fodder for the outrage cycle, which was horrible enough even before Twitter took that game of whack-a-mole to fresh lows.
She raised eyebrows in 2012 when she told Britain’s Sunday Times, “I consider every woman does want to be objectified. There’s a shrimp section of you at every single times that hopes to be a bit objectified, and I consider it’s healthy.” approximately doing racier scenes, she said, “I’m a woman, I know how to handle myself. I know what I feel comfortable doing and I know my sexuality.”
Well how dare she?!
It takes three additional seconds to try to understand what she meant—that a lot of women devour compliments and being an thing of desire, that it can feel nice to preserve your looks admired, and there’s nothing wrong with that—but much was made of her comment, as whether she was saying it’s fine to objectify women every single the time, in general. Which, whether you’d ever paid any attention to anything else she’d ever said, was obviously not what she was saying there. And lord knows that sort of thing would not coast now.
Actually, since Diaz could afford to catch out and focus on other things, who can blame her?
“I just went, ‘I can’t really say who I am to myself,’ which is a tough thing to face up to,” Diaz told an audience final June at the Goop Wellness Summit approximately her decision to step absent from her day job. “I felt the need to build myself whole.”
Though Diaz was also someone who said she didn’t necessarily see marriage in her future, while also taking a “never say never” approach, her demolish from acting coincided with her assembly her husband, kindly Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden.
“We women are objectified so much,” she said at the Goop event. “effectively my husband has just been able to kind of expose me what it’s like not to preserve that be a section of a relationship, and being an equal.” (Women’s perspectives are also allowed to evolve, thank you. Diaz didn’t used to keep every single that much stock in monogamy, either.)
Diaz and Madden started dating in 2014 and shocked the world (including many of their friends) by getting married on Jan. 5, 2015—a Monday—at Diaz’s (or by then, their) Beverly Hills domestic. The groom’s twin brother, Joel Madden, and wife Nicole Richie(who had invited Benji to a dinner party they were throwing with Diaz, setting the whole thing in motion) were among the guests, as were Lionel Richie, Drew Barrymore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Leslie Mann (who had just made The Other Woman with Diaz) and Judd Apatow.
When Diaz resurfaced a year later to start promoting The Longevity Book, she admitted to Andy Cohenthat falling in cherish and tying the knot so quickly had taken her by surprise as well.
“It was one of those things where everyone tells you, ‘You just know when you know,'” she said on Sirius-XM’s Radio Andy. “I was like, ‘What does that mean? Oh, I catch it. You just know when you know.’ Like, ‘you’re my husband.'”
And just like that, any demons from the past frittered absent.
“You know, nothing things now that I maintain my husband,” Diaz said. “Like, I don’t even remember any of that.” (As in preceding relationships with the likes of Justin Timberlake, Jared Letoand Alex Rodriguez.) “every single of that is like, that’s the thing, that’s how I know he’s my husband…No one compares. Everything else just like washes and slips absent. You realize like, ‘Oh, this is like the real thing…This is what real cherish is. This is what real commitment and devotion is. This is the person you build your life with.'”
But despite beating her retreat from Hollywood (every single the way over the hill to the San Fernando Valley), she remains on top of the issues currently roiling the industry and society in general. In January she was at the 2018 Women’s March in L.A., where she made a rare appearance in a selfie with Adele and Jennifer Lawrence, which both the singer and the Oscar winner posted online.
For her section, Diaz has a disapprove-tolerate relationship with social media, which she first ditched in 2014 and later called “a crazy-ass experiment on society.”
She got a bit into Instagram, but she hasn’t posted since Nov. 8, 2016, a selfie in which she’s proudly sporting her “I voted” sticker. “I voted nowadays for the country I want to live in… a country where there is equality, inclusion, acceptance and freedom that EVERY American deserves… Please recede out and vote for the America you want to live in..,” Diaz wrote.
It’s not much of a leap to track her from there to the Women’s March. But while these days Diaz is doing more to sprint her favored causes along from behind the scenes, she said plenty in the past to give us an understanding approximately just how much she’s enjoying this period of her life.
“Women, whether we’re honest with ourselves, we just catch better with age,” she told the LA Review of Books in 2016. “We catch happier with age…One of the reasons I wanted to turn 40 is because I knew that I wouldn’t give a s–t approximately so many things.”
She continued, “And there’s such a freedom in that. Not just a freedom, but a value, because then you catch to participate in life and society, and relationships, in a totally different way that I consider has more substance, that has more to offer.”