Cameron says she is 'not looking to' return to acting after retirement

‘I waited for this so I didn’t have any distractions’: Cameron Diaz is ‘not looking to’ return to acting because she ‘couldn’t imagine’ leaving her baby for 14-hour shoot days

  • Actress, 48, has been on a hiatus since the release of Annie back in 2014, in which she starred as Miss Hannigan
  • Cameron has appeared in numerous blockbusters, including Charlie’s Angels, Shrek and There’s Something About Mary 
  • She rose to fame aged 21 in The Mask (1994) alongside Jim Carrey 
  • Cameron welcomed daughter Raddix, her first child, with husband Benji, 41, in December 2019 
  • Diaz and Madden met in 2014 after being introduced by Nicole Richie and married seven months later in an intimate ceremony at her Beverly Hills home 
  • Thanks to her Hollywood career, she is estimated to be worth $140million 

Cameron Diaz is ‘not looking to’ return to acting after retiring from movies more than five years ago.

The actress, 48, became a mother for the first time in December 2019 when she welcomed daughter Raddix, now 13 months, into the world with her rocker husband of five years Benji Madden, 41.

The Vanilla Sky star revealed on the Quarantined With Bruce radio show that she is not planning a return to the screen because she ‘couldn’t imagine’ leaving her baby Raddix to embark on 14-hour shoot days.

Cameron explained how she waited until later in life to embark on motherhood ‘so I didn’t have any distractions’. 

As seen in 2016: Cameron Diaz revealed on the Quarantined With Bruce radio show that she is ‘not looking’ to return to the screen

She said: ‘[Motherhood and marriage] have been most fulfilling part of my life so far. It’s just like so important. I just feel like it’s, it’s everything that, you know.

‘I probably somehow waited for this so that I could do all that other stuff, so I didn’t have any distractions. You know what I mean?’ 

As to whether she will go back to movies, Cameron said: ‘Look, I’m never gonna say never about anything in life. I just am not that person.’  

‘So will I ever make a movie again? I’m not looking to, but will I? I don’t know. I have no idea. Maybe. Never say never. 

There she is: Her last movie was the 2014 flop remake of Annie where she played Miss Hanigan, a role played in the first Annie film by Carol Burnett

‘But I couldn’t imagine being a mom, now where I’m at as a mother and with my child in her first year, to have to be on a movie set that takes, you know, 14 hours, 16 hours away from my child. I just couldn’t.’ 

She continued: ‘And I feel for so many mothers who have to go to work, you know? Whatever they’re doing. I feel so much for them and for their children and for all that.

‘I just feel so blessed that I get to be here now with my child and, you know, get to be the mother that I get to be. 

‘It’s such a blessing, it’s completely privileged and I’m just really, really grateful.’  

Cameron explained that her wine brand Avaline, which she co-launched last summer, is ‘the only sort of day-to-day work that I’m doing’ –  aside from being a homemaker.  

With her man: She shares her firstborn daughter with her husband Benji Madden of Good Charlotte fame whom she has been married to since 2015

Wine connoisseur: Cameron explained that her wine brand Avaline, which she co-launched last summer, is ‘the only sort of day-to-day work that I’m doing’

She said: ‘I personally feel like that wasn’t the mom that – I wouldn’t have been the mom that I am now had I chosen to do that at any other time in my life.’ 

Cameron, whose last film was the 2014 remake of Annie, discussed her life choices while chatting to her close friend Gwyneth Paltrow for Goop last year. 

During the interview Cameron revealed she left the movies to ‘focus on my personal life’ and ‘become self-sufficient again’ as ‘actors are infantilized’ in Hollywood. 

The major life change allowed to to find ‘peace in my soul because I was finally taking care of myself,’ Cameron revealed.

Aglow: Cameron became a star in the 1990s appearing on comedy films such as the 1998 Farrelly brothers feature There’s Something About Mary

Hollywood star: The actress has appeared in numerous blockbusters, including Charlie’s Angels and Shrek in which she plays Princess Fiona (pictured)

‘I just decided that I wanted different things out of my life. You know, I’d gone so hard for so long, working, you know, making films and it’s such a grind, and I didn’t really make any space for my personal life,’ she explained.

Cameron added: ‘I really looked at my life, and I saw what I had been. Because when you’re making a movie, it’s the perfect excuse. They own you. You’re there 12 hours a day for months on end. You have no time for anything else.’

The Hollywood star ultimately ‘realized I handed off parts of my life to all these other people, and they were – they took it, you know. And some people did – I had to basically take it back, you know, and take responsibility for my own life.’ 

Fame: Aged 21, Cameron made her acting debut in The Mask alongside Jim Carrey. The film was one of the highest-grossing films of 1994 and launched the actress as a sex symbol

Talented: Cameron accolades include four Golden Globe Award nominations and three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations  (pictured in The Holiday with love interest Jude Law)

Cameron made her acting debut aged 21. Having no previous acting experience, she started acting lessons after being cast in The Mask alongside Jim Carrey.

The film became one of the top ten highest-grossing films of 1994 and launched Diaz’s career. 

In 1998, the actress received her first Golden Globe nomination in the Best Actress category for There’s Something About Mary, in which she played the titular title. 

She went on to gain three more Golden Globe nominations; Being John Malkovich (1999), Vanilla Sky (2001), Gangs of New York (2002).   

Her accolades also include three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations and a New York Film Critics Award. 

In 2013, she was named the highest-paid actress over 40 in Hollywood.

As of 2018, the U.S. domestic box office grosses of Diaz’s films total over US$3 billion, making her the fifth highest-grossing U.S. domestic box office actress.  

It was that year when rumours began circulating that Cameron had turned her back on her acting career to focus on motherhood. 

Stellar career: Cameron starred alongside Aston Kutcher in the hit What Happens In Vegas back in 2008

Cameron’s friend Selma Blair, who starred in the 2002 movie The Sweetest Thing with the blonde beauty, had first leaked the news when she said: ‘I had lunch with Cameron the other day, we were reminiscing about the film. 

‘I would have liked to do a sequel but Cameron’s retired from acting, she’s like “I’m done”.

‘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.’  

The actress has previously said ‘nothing else matters’ now she has her husband in her life.

In a rare interview with Andy Cohen in 2016, she said: ‘It was one of those things where everyone tells you, “You just know when you know”. I was like, “What does that mean?” Oh, I get it. You just know when you know. Like you’re my husband.

‘The first thing I said when I first met my husband was, “He’s hot”. How come I didn’t know this before? We had never been in the same circle… You know, nothing matters now that I have my husband. Like, I don’t even remember any of that.

‘No one compares. Everything else just like washes and slips away. You realise 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”.’ 

‘I’m done’: Cameron’s friend Selma Blair, who starred in the 2002 movie The Sweetest Thing together (pictured with Christina Applegate), said in 2018 Cameron had quit acting

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