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Cameron Diaz was once one of the hottest stars
in Hollywood – an A-list actress who was highly sought after and worked alongside the biggest
names in the business. But then she seemed to disappear, and it turns
out she had good reasons for it. Here are some of the reasons why Cameron Diaz
decided to leave the spotlight for good. It’s no wonder Diaz was ready for a break
– at just 16 years old, she signed a contract with Elite Model Management, which has also
handled the careers of runway superstars like Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, and Cindy Crawford. The deal helped Diaz land jobs for ads with
top brands while also giving her the opportunity to travel the world. Just a year after signing with Elite, Diaz
appeared on the cover of the July 1990 issue of Seventeen magazine and when asked about
her style, she told the popular publication, “I’m definitely into black army boots, which
aggravates my father… he’d rather I wear heels. Of course, that’s easy for him to say. He doesn’t have to walk in them!” The then-17-year-old also talked about what
she saw herself doing in the future, saying, “I’ll probably model until I’m old and gray. Actually, my ultimate dream is to be a zoologist. Maybe go on safari in Africa and study lions.” While she didn’t mention anything about acting,
a career working with animals sounds pretty awesome as well. And now that Diaz is retired from movies,
perhaps it’s time for her to consider zoology again. It didn’t take long for Diaz to make the leap
from modeling to acting, a move that definitely paid off with both fame and fortune. In 1994, she scored a gig alongside Jim Carrey
in The Mask, playing the sultry girlfriend of a mobster – and her career took off in
a major way over the next few years. From there, she was cast regularly and worked
steadily with some of Hollywood’s biggest names on films like 1997’s My Best Friend’s
Wedding with Julia Roberts, 1998’s There’s Something About Mary with Ben Stiller, 2001’s
Vanilla Sky with Tom Cruise, and 2002’s Gangs of New York with Leonardo DiCaprio. But her most beloved roles might just be her
characters from 2000’s Charlie’s Angels and its sequel, 2003’s Charlie’s Angels: Full
Throttle – as well as her voice-work as Princess Fiona in the animated Shrek movies which she
took on from 2001 until 2010. If that sounds like a lot, frankly, it’s only
the tip of the incredibly impressive iceberg. Over the course of a career that spanned two
decades, Diaz appeared in over 40 films. Plenty of accolades The fact that Diaz has been in so many movies
may make it a little less surprising to find out that she’s earned her fair share of accolades
throughout the years, but that doesn’t make her accomplishments any less impressive. Over the course of her career, Diaz has seen
her name on the list for four Golden Globe Award nominations, one in 1999 for Best Actress
in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical thanks to There’s Something About Mary and three
for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture which came in 2000, 2002, and 2003 respectively
for her roles in Being John Malkovich, Vanilla Sky, and Gangs of New York. Other industry nominations include three Screen
Actors Guild Award nods. While she didn’t manage to take home those
honors, she has earned three MTV Movie + TV Awards, two Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards,
two Teen Choice Awards, and a People’s Choice Award, among many other accolades. If awards are proof of an accomplished career,
then Diaz’s trophy case certainly shows how much she’s done thanks to her time on the
big screen. Diaz definitely proved her worth in Hollywood
by working her way up to A-list level paychecks. In fact, according to The Hollywood Reporter,
Diaz was, quote, “regarded as the highest-paid actress among the over-40 set” in 2013. The publication explained at the time that
Diaz pulled in $42 million for her role in the 2011 comedy Bad Teacher after the film
grossed $216.2 million worldwide, a huge surge from her typical $15 million fee. Her following contract with Sony for the movie
Sex Tape apparently ensured the actress the same kind of sweet money-making deal. Thanks to these kinds of lucrative contracts,
in 2010, Forbes included Diaz among the richest celebrities in the business, ranking her Number
60 among the wealthiest 100. She also reportedly brought in $50 million
during a 12-month span back in 2008. With her fortune estimated to be in the area
of $140 million, she’s obviously made enough money to last a lifetime. So it’s easy to understand why, at the very
least, money wouldn’t be a motivating factor for her to stay in the public eye. Taking her life back After starting her modeling career when she
was still just 16 years old and breaking into the big-time acting business in her early
20s with immediate success in both endeavors, Diaz had spent nearly half of her teen years
and her entire adult life in the public eye. That’s why she apparently feels totally fine
about stepping back and getting her life in order after being in the spotlight for so
long. In August 2019, she opened up about her decision
to retire from Hollywood in an honest essay published via InStyle magazine, explaining, “I started [experiencing fame] when I was
22, so 25 years ago – that’s a long time. 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.” Diaz also stated in her same August 2019 InStyle
essay, “At this point, I’ve done so much, I feel
fulfilled with the adventures I’ve sought out in my life.” When you think about how much she’s done and
how much she’s earned, while also realizing how long she’s spent in the business, it’s
easy to understand why the star is so satisfied. Her accomplished career is also likely why,
when she chose three words to describe herself back in 2008, she opted for: “Hardworking, younger, [and] “transformed.” But today, she revealed, she would go with: “Focused, content, [and] blessed.” She also shared that she’s, quote, “in a great
place” these days, which is something Selma Blair seemed to back up at the Oscars’ Vanity
Fair pre-party in 2018. According to Complex, Blair said, “I mean, she doesn’t need to make any more
films. She has a pretty great life, I don’t know
what it would take to bring her back. She’s happy.” In her essay for InStyle, Diaz discussed her
thoughts on the modern state of constant online culture. She explained her perspective by admitting
that she’s in awe, while also being wary of the fact that everyone is so attached to their
phones. Referring to the seemingly ever-present devices,
she continued, “We’ve exported our entire brain capacity
into this little thing we carry around in our hand. We’ve lost touch with our humanity and our
humanness, and I think it’s really healthy to not have to be accountable for every minute
of our day.” Beyond being healthy, she also enjoys the
privacy that not being overly active on social media allows her, writing, “It’s fun to just not have anybody know what
I’m up to. Because my time is all mine. I’m not selling any films, and because I’m
not selling anything, I don’t have to give anybody anything. I’m not doing this anymore. I’m living my life.” Diaz declared that her 40s are her “best decade”
in her InStyle essay, explaining, “You just get to be real with yourself, and
you can also make necessary changes because you have the experience of looking back on
four decades. Looking at patterns and seeing what things
really work. You get to let go of giving a s— about anything. You’re done! Don’t care. I really don’t. It’s such a relief.” She went on to discuss what it’s like to face
the physical changes that aging brings, as well as the lack of control people have over
those changes. Admitting that she looks back at pictures
of herself only to realize how young she really was at the time, she added, “Oh, wait, I have, hopefully, another 40 years
of looking back at pictures not knowing how young I was. I know right now I’m the youngest I’ll ever
be. I’m a 47-year-old woman who’s like, ‘Hell,
yeah!’ I’m fine with it. I’m grateful for every moment I have.” She also talked to Oprah about getting older
in 2014, saying that she gets, quote, “so mad when [she] hears commercials on TV where
[they use the term] ‘anti-aging.'” “We don’t honor the journey and who we are
and how much we have to offer.” She went on to say that people are made to
feel like they’ve “failed” if they don’t look like they’re in their twenties their entire
lives. “Oh, I’m sorry, I apologize, I wasn’t able
to defy nature.” When it comes to important investments, Diaz
apparently thinks that the people in her life are worth their weight in gold. She wrote about her relationships in her InStyle
essay, revealing, “I just want to build better, stronger friendships
with the people who are in it with me.” Those relationships include her famous friends
such as her Charlie’s Angels costar Drew Barrymore and actress Gwyneth Paltrow. When Barrymore chatted about her friendship
with Diaz while sitting down with Katie Couric, she shared that they met as teenagers – and
that Diaz was always kind. “Someone who looks like that, they could
have an attitude, and she was the opposite. She was friendly and goofy and really nice.” Back in 2015, Diaz said “I do” when she married
Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden. Four years into her marriage, she talked to
InStyle about her relationship with her husband, calling him the “best.” Despite obviously adoring her hubby, she was
willing to admit that marriage can be difficult – and a whole lot of work. She then confessed, “I don’t know if I was ready [when I got married],
but I knew Benji was special. He’s just a good man. There’s no bulls—. It’s really refreshing. I’m really grateful for him.” She also talked about Madden to Marie Claire
in 2016, saying, “No one compares. Everything else just like washes and slips
away. You realize like, ‘Oh this is like the real
thing is. This is what real love is. This is what real commitment and devotion
is. This is the person you build your life with.” It’s no wonder Diaz wants to focus on her
marriage these days. Fans may miss Cameron Diaz, but she apparently
doesn’t miss her life on the big screen. Frankly, she has a new interest to explore. As she told InStyle, “I don’t miss performing. Right now I’m looking at the landscape of
wellness and all that. But whatever I do, it has to be something
I’m passionate about – something that just feels effortless.” That’s apparently why she’s now written two
health books, 2013’s New York Times bestselling The Body Book: Feed, Move, Understand and
Love Your Amazing Body and 2016’s The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of
Strength, and the Privilege of Time. In fact, she may have already introduced her
own lifestyle brand, thanks to the website for her first book, which now includes a range
of posts on how to live a Diaz-like lifestyle. In the welcome message, she wrote, “This site was launched with the same intentions
that drove me to write The Body Book: to merge information with action, so that we will all
know how to take care of this machine that we call our bodies.[…] And that’s what it’s all about, right? Loving and living and laughing… with lots
of breakfasts and lunches and think-fests and sweat-fests and stretch-fests in between.” A+ advice from a beloved former A-list star. “She has good instincts.” Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Nicki Swift videos about your
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86 thoughts on “The Real Reason Why Cameron Diaz Gave Up Completely On Hollywood

  1. I don't know why but I don't find her neither beautiful or good looking. Her facial features are not beautiful. She has way too big mouth. Also, she is too skinny and her body looks way too like male's body.
    In my opinion she is not a good actress either.

  2. I think it's amazing that you discuss nothing about her mom cheating and her being raised by a man who isn't her bio dad. 😏 This is a total puff piece.

  3. Damn these comments smh. I think it’s not so much her beauty it’s her personality, likability. She has a warm presence about her. She did the right thing for her wellness and sanity. Hollywood is toxic.

  4. She has chops but I hated seeing her star in romantic comedy, didn't seem real but at the time that's what romantic comedy was aiming for. I love it to see her as a nut job. All in all, I'd retire too.

  5. She's a total babe for sure. But it's her personality, on camera I must admit, but what I like most is that she is really funny.

  6. I loved her movies unlike those who criticize her. She entertained me over the likes of jlaw and she was global box office draw. Even her flops like sex tape and annie made profit bcoz of her worldwide star appeal ( same with jolie ) whereas jlaw cant make movies hit which are not some franchise based! She made enough money in 20 years i guess bcoz she used to earn 20 million usd per movie salary plus profits.. She was actually last of movie stars who could sell movie worldwide.

  7. I I'm happy for Cameron Diaz on her marriage on her career as a writer endand the body of work that she has done over the years. It's refreshing to see somebody step down and enjoy their life and their husband , with the fruits of their labor Go Cameron

  8. Be INSANELY rich. Mic drop. Also, presume you are an authority on something because you are rich. This is truly a self-delusion. She should be involved in charity because clearly she has sufficient wealth to make a real difference with people. Instead she is catering basically to other rich people who don't want to grow old. Disgusting and insufferable.

  9. She got ton of money in her pocket that's why she's retire, if I'm rich as her I'll shake my leg and take a rest too😂😂😂😂😂

  10. Always loved her, and even though I miss seeing her in movies, good for her for leaving Hollywood and enjoying her life!

  11. Now there's a smart gal; Hollywood has gotten so wierd with so many actors behaving like deranged idiots, over politics, with their out of control hatred for pres. Trump, I'd be turned off by it too, I wouldnt want to be associated with a group of people who honestly think Donald Trump's supposed crimes and "orange hair", are far more outrageous than Hillary Clinton's actual crimes and outright lies;. A "lying politician" in every sense of the word. Clearly they are compromised, having such oblivious loyalty to someone who has demonstrated that the rules dont apply to her, any further examination of facts shows her to be a traitor by definition, who only cares about herself and her ambitions. That should cause major concern understandibly, but yet, the fact that most of her Hollywood supporters still stand by her, shows a bewildering lack of intelligence and common sense. No one has to particularly like%%/ Pres.Trump., but their unwillingness to give him a chance out of fairness to our country's traditions, makes me question just how much in reality these people, these "haters", are even aware of.
    One thing is for sure, they sure have made a mess of things, and turned off thousands, if not millions of used-to-be fans, away permanantly. The stupidity and lack of insight as to how while condemning Pres. Trump, they also must feel the same way about his supporters; with contempt.. And who would want to like someone or any group of people so horrendously out of touch with how they're sabotaging their own careers, all for one proven-to-be corrupt person. That is scary. And so incredibly full of nonsense, that any person with any capacity for intelligent thought, would want to "get out while they ould". I know this video wasnt about politics, but its already been so glaringly an issue with most celebrities, the fact that Ms. Diaz had the sensibility to distance herself from it, and the heart to know that there's more to life than indulging in such sickening displays of ridiculous behavior, and it says alot about her. Her desire to "get real" and find something more meaningful than the shallow indulgences of hateful outrage gives me so much more respect for her. I couldnt find her pursuit of a more meaningful life, anything less than admirable. It also marks the decency and class she has, that so many celebrities foolishly gave up on, if they had it at all.. This video has won me over as for finding a reason to be inspired or even proud about how some people are capable of following their hearts, using their brain and caring about the qualiry of their lives having meaning, and the difference of what has lasting value and what doesnt. I dont have to know Ms.Diaz to be able to love seeing someone demonstrate a respectful pursuit of happiness that didn't require bashing someone else to do it, or submitting to the cheapness of being outrageous just to get attention to promote a new book. Its so refreshing to see someone rise above the political nonsense and do whats real and honest. Thats the kind of person I would want as a friend instead of sucking up to a bunch of phonies. Popularity isnt everything if everything's not enough. Good for her. This video has shown to me, Cameron Diaz is a person definitely worth watching;- with interest!.

  12. She is human and still totally awesome. Best of luck in your travels. Just stay away from that nut Jimmy carey he is a flake.

  13. She is missed.She deserved to win an Oscar!Diaz is a natural -born comic.Maybe she will get a Lifetime Achievement Award someday.

  14. Beautiful, versatile and likeable actress, she has everything to be a Hollywood A-Lister, and she did just that. She's earned her right to enjoy life, she seems to have everything figured out and like she doesn't need a bunch of nobodies judging her life choices, go Cameron!

  15. I saw her not so long ago… she comes to my restaurant. She's very chill and just likes spending her time with her family. Her son is about 13 now (based on appearance, I'm not googling it) and he obviously is just happy to have his mom with him.

  16. 7:35 – Funny how only women celebs are criticized for ageing, but male celebs (like Anderson Cooper, Richard Gere, and George Clooney) are called hot and sexy, still, even with gray hair. Sexist much, Hollywood?

  17. 47 & still hot as h***! Its not often you get a woman with her beauty and her amazing personality all wrapped up in 1 person

  18. She had success and now she has the money to live happy and free of judgement. Nothing about that say failure. Good for her !.

  19. I thought she was famous because she had a mouth made for giving the perfect BJs. Was I in the minority this whole time?

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