There’s something about Cameron Diaz. The model-turned-actress was Hollywood’s sweetheart, headlined films from the nineties through to the noughties, and commanded a salary upwards of $54 million per movie.
But in 2014, at the height of her fame and after starring in hits such as Charlie’s Angels, My Best Friend’s Wedding, The Holiday and There’s Something About Maryshe called it quits from acting.
Here’s a look at Diaz’s road to retirement and if she’ll ever make a comeback.
Did Cameron Diaz withdraw from acting?
Diaz, 49, was the queen of the big screen, with more than 50 acting credits to her name. But after a starring role in the 2014 movie adaptation of the beloved musical annieDiaz called time on her career after almost three decades.
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Side note: just three years prior, Diaz earned the largest paycheck of her acting career for bad teachertaking home a reported $US42 million ($54 million).
But not even the lure of even larger paychecks could keep Diaz in the business. The actress simply walked away with no explanation or public statement. It wasn’t until 2018 that she confirmed she had actually “retired” from acting.
Diaz casually announced the news in a special reunion issue of Entertainment Weeklywhen discussing a potential sequel to her 2002 movie The Sweetest Thing with co-stars Selma Blair and Christina Applegate.
When Applegate told the publication, “I’m semi-retired, I haven’t worked for years. I’m a mom, that’s what we do. So I’m around, man,” Diaz replied. “Maybe I should … I’m literally doing nothing. I’m totally down. I’m semi-retired, too, and I am actually retired, so I would love to see you ladies.”
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Why did Cameron Diaz quit acting?
Since retiring in 2014, Diaz has kept a low profile. The actress no longer attends Hollywood events and she only does a select few interviews. One recent sit-down was with fellow actress and friend Gwyneth Paltrowduring which Diaz explained she was tired of slaving away for studios and wanted to prioritize her health and wellbeing.
“I got a peace in my soul, because I was finally taking care of myself,” she said on Paltrow’s health podcast …In Goop Health in 2019. “It’s a strange thing to say, I know a lot of people won’t understand it, I know you understand it, 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.”
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So Diaz felt compelled to hit the pause button.
“I stopped and really looked at my life,” she said. “When you’re making a movie, they own you. You’re there for 12 hours a day for months on end, you have no time for anything else. I really needed to know that I could take care of myself, that I knew how to be an adult.”
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What is Cameron Diaz doing now?
Diaz is still living in LA. Only these days, she prefers to stay home with her husband her, 43-year-old Good Charlotte rocker Benji Maddenand their two-year-old daughter Raddix.
The couple first met in 2004 at a charity basketball game, but the actress was dating singer Justin Timberlake at the time. It wasn’t until 10 years later Diaz and Madden crossed paths again at a barbecue she hosted at her LA home. She invited her famous friends from her, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden, with the latter asking if he could bring Benji along. And the rest, as they say, is history.
The following year, the couple were married in an intimate ceremony in the same backyard with fewer than 100 people in attendance.
“I love being married,” Diaz told her close friend Gucci Westman on her YouTube series Makeup & Friends. “The best thing that’s ever happened to me is finding my husband, and our partnership, and our friendship.”
In January 2020, they welcomed their daughter Raddix and now being a mother is Diaz’s favorite role to date.
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“I love being a mother. It’s the best, best, best part of my life,” she previously told Entertainment Tonight. “I’m so grateful and so happy and it’s the best thing ever and I’m so lucky to do it with Benj and we’re having the best time. I’m thrilled. I can’t believe it.
“I’m either cooking, cleaning or taking care of my baby – and usually all at the same time… After we do bath time with our baby and we put her to sleep, Benji puts her to bed. He’s so good. He’s such an amazing father. I’m so lucky he’s my baby’s father. He’s incredible. He puts her down and I go into the kitchen and I pour myself a nice glass of red wine.”
In late 2020, Diaz and her friend, fashion entrepreneur Katherine Power, launched an organically-produced, vegan-friendly wine label called Avaline.
What is Cameron Diaz’s net worth?
diaz made Forbes‘ highest-paid actress list in 2012, earning a cool $US34 million ($43 million) in that year alone.
Thanks to her extensive summary, she is now worth a reported $US140 million ($181 million).
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What has Cameron Diaz said about her retirement?
In an essay she wrote for InStyle in November 2020, she said she doesn’t miss performing and is happy with where her life is right now.
“The way I look at it is that I’ve given more than half of my life to the public. I feel it’s OK for me to take time for myself now to reorganize and choose how I want to come [back] into the world If I decide to,” she wrote.
“I don’t miss performing … At this point, I’ve done so much, I feel fulfilled with the adventures I’ve sought out in my life. I’m in a great place, and the world is so different now too . The mid-1990s are an era that will never exist again. I’m just so grateful that I got to witness and partake in it.”
Did Cameron Diaz announce an acting comeback?
Let’s stop short of calling it a fully-fledged comeback just yet, but Diaz has announced she will star in her first film since 2014.
The actress is set to star in a new Netflix action-comedy, aptly titled Back in Action, opposite Jamie Foxx. And it was the actor who shared the news on Twitter.
Foxx shared audio from a phone call with Diaz, who can’t seem to find the words to tell the world she’s returning to the silver screen. So Foxx brought NFL star Tom Brady into the call to help Diaz.
“I was talking to Jamie and he said you needed a few tips on how to un-retire,” Brady said on the call before he joked: “I’m relatively successful at un-retiring.”
In a separate Instagram Stories post, Diaz also confirmed the news, writing: “Jamie Foxx, only you could get me back in action!!! I can’t frickin wait it’s gonna be a blast!”
The project reunites Diaz and Foxx, who worked together on 1999’s sports drama Any Given Sunday and 2014’s annie remake, which was Diaz’s final film role before “retiring”.
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