A lot of fans would agree that Cameron Diaz has always been an all-star in Hollywood. After all, she is a household name for a reason. There are very few people on this planet, or at least those who follow the Hollywood scene, that don’t know who Cameron is. She’s been in a handful of iconic movies, is often called one of the most beautiful actresses in the world, and has a fun and bubbly disposition to her that people simply love.
But several years ago Cameron decided that Hollywood was just not for her anymore. She quit the business. She wanted to do other things in her life that didn’t include a cast, crew and a camera in front of her face for 18 hours a day. She’s been searching for the true meaning of life while also staying out of the spotlight. And from what her fans can tell, she’s been very happy with her decision. But at the same time, they also miss seeing her on the big screen.
With that being said, here are 20 reasons why Cameron Diaz should return to Hollywood. At her age, she still has plenty of years left in her before she truly needs to retire.
20 She’s Box Office Gold
There’s no doubting that Cameron Diaz was, is, and will always be box office gold. After all, she’s starred in some of the most iconic and comedic films of her time, including her breakout movie with Jim Carrey, The Mask. She then followed up with the hilarious There’s Something About Mary, along with The Holiday, Vanilla Sky with Tom Cruise, Bad Teacher, and The Other Woman. And each film that she’s starred in has managed to generate quite a lot of buzz, too. Simply put, she’s an A-lister who knows how to carry a film very well. You can’t say that about everyone.
19 Hollywood Still Wants To Cast Her
If Hollywood were to make yet another Charlie’s Angel remake, you can bet your bottom dollar that they would want Cameron Diaz to return. After all, you can’t have two out of three angels in one movie: if it’s not Cameron, it’s no one. And as much as Hollywood still wants to cast her in films, the actress does have her reservations about it. “We women are objectified so much,” she said. “Somehow my husband has just been able to kind of show me what it’s like not to have that be a part of a relationship, and being an equal.”
18 She’s Too Young To Retire
It’s hard to believe, but Cameron Diaz is way too young to retire, yet she’s been away from the scene for several years now. She’s only 46 but the last time we saw her in a box office film, she was 42. She’s still got at least another two decades in her, but there was something that triggered inside of Cameron that made her want to say “stop.” She just didn’t want to make another movie or go through the entire promotional process anymore. And who can blame her? “I just went, ‘I can’t really say who I am to myself.’ Which is a hard thing to face up to,” she said at the GoopWellness Summit. “I felt the need to make myself whole.”
17 Her Last Movie Was In 2014
The last time fans saw Cameron Diaz on the big screen was in 2014’s remake of Annie. The movie generated a lot of buzz, but it didn’t do all too well at the box office. Still, Cameron took that opportunity to leave the industry, although she did it in the quietest way possible. She didn’t make any big announcements. She didn’t talk about her decision in media interviews. Instead, she just cleared her schedule from any future or potential projects. She realized that it was time to work on something else in her life: herself. And that’s what she’s been doing.
16 She’s Irreplaceable
While there are a lot of actors and actresses that come and go in the entertainment world, there’s only one Cameron Diaz. She’s irreplaceable. She’s had her ups and downs, but no matter what, her fans will always follow and support every decision she makes. “I’ve never had that kind of thing where I was just literally debilitated. I realized I was just so scared that I was going to put this thing into the world and everybody’s going to see me, and what if they don’t like me? What if they think I’m crazy or I’m stupid? I was like, oh God, this is so painful,” she shared, according to People Magazine.
15 She’s Got Great Comedic Timing
Cameron is the kind of person who doesn’t have to try very hard. That’s because she’s got great comedic timing. It just comes naturally to her. She’s funny, both on screen and off screen. Cameron once said (via Brainy Quotes): I love physical kinds of comedy and [...] doing stunts. When I was growing up, I was always getting into fights with guys and usually punching out boys my age because I was a lot bigger and tougher. So I'm naturally accustomed to putting myself into the headspace of a girl who can take care of herself.”
14 She Has Good Chemistry With Her Co-Stars
Cameron Diaz has been in the business for more than two decades, but she almost never made any negative headlines. And that’s something you can’t say about a lot of actors and actresses in the business. Cameron is just the kind of person who gets along with everyone. She’s a natural, she’s likeable, and she has good chemistry with her co-stars. There’s nothing bad that anyone can say about her. Actually, you can say something bad if you want to talk about her beauty: she’s got so much of it, she could certainly share some of it with the rest of us, right? We’re kidding!
13 She’s Disciplined
Cameron Diaz is one of the fittest actresses for a reason: she’s very disciplined. Of course, it wasn’t always this way. Back when she first started in the industry, she admitted that she could eat a cheeseburger and fries everyday and could get away with it. But that’s not the case anymore. She’s very health conscious and as a result, takes very good care of her body, both physically and emotionally. She’s even written several books encouraging her fans to do the same. She’s realized that the older she gets, the more she needs to put that burger down and eat what’s good for her body.
12 She Doesn’t Do Drama
While there’s no doubt that there are plenty of celebrities who have had their fair share of drama and then some, Cameron Diaz is not one of them. Sure, she’s dated some bad boys in the past, but for the most part no one has ever had anything bad to say about her. She’s never acted like a diva – both in front of her fans or behind the scenes for that matter. She’s a genuine person, both inside and out. According to Brainy Quotes, Cameron once said, “I have to remind my dad, 'Journalists – no matter how many cigars they smoke with you – are not your friends, so don't talk to them.'”
11 She Keeps Her Name Out Of The Headlines
While a lot of celebrities moan and groan about this, Cameron Diaz has been very successful about keeping her name out of the gossip headlines. In other words, you won’t hear anything salacious about her – anywhere. She knows that the tabloid media can be very intrusive. That’s why she’s done a phenomenal job of keeping her name out of them. Sure, they might have written about her problems with acne or why her career isn’t what it used to be, but that’s just about it. She doesn’t give the media more information than she has to and for the most part, it’s worked to her advantage.
10 She Keeps Her Personal Life Private
Cameron Diaz has learned early on that if you don’t want people talking about your private matters, simply don’t talk about them in the media. If you can’t take the heat, simply don’t give the media any material. That’s why Cameron has done such a fantastic job of keeping her personal life very private. You can’t say that about everyone in Hollywood, though. She told Harper’s Bazaar, “I got married last year. That was the biggest thing I’ve done in my 40s, and it opened me up in different ways. It’s pretty awesome. I didn’t think it was something I’d do, and I don’t know if I’d have done it if I hadn’t met my husband [Benji Madden]. It was a surprise.”
9 She Was Never A Celebrity
There are certain people in Hollywood these days. There are those who like to be celebrities, have active social media accounts and attend every red carpet possible, even if they have nothing to promote. Cameron Diaz is not one of them. She’s not interested in “keeping up” per se or being a celebrity for that matter. She has nothing to prove. When asked if she believes in “dressing your age,” Cameron said to Harper’s Bazaar, “I do, actually. But everybody’s age is different, and by that I mean that even when you’re a certain age, it’s all a matter of how you present yourself, how old your spirit is, and where you are in your life. Some 50-year-olds are still 35. It’s about expression and what they can pull off.”
8 She Was A Real Actress Instead
Instead, Cameron is the kind of person who likes to focus on her craft. She’s not driven by success, but rather being the best damn actress she can be on the big screen. She gives every role she has her all, so to speak. “You have to forget about what success is to everybody else, and you have to know what success is to you,” she said, according to People Magazine. “You have to know that it’s not about how much money you make, or what car you drive, or what bag you buy, or how many likes you get. It’s all about your intention of what you want to accomplish on a personal level.”
7 She Knows The Ups And Downs Of The Business
Cameron Diaz is a realist. She knows that the industry can pull you up as much as they can pull you down. She knows that the business is like riding a wild rollercoaster. Her husband, Benji Madden has said, “I’m proud of her because of what a light she is in a world where it would be so much easier to use that stage to promote products. But she’s using that platform she has to share positivity. It’s been one of the most inspirational things in my life watching a woman be so courageous… she’s got so much integrity. I’m a lucky guy that I get to experience that.”
6 She Was Once The Highest Paid Actress In The Biz
For a lot of people, they simply can’t believe why Cameron Diaz would walk away from Hollywood, despite the fact that it helped make her the household name she is today. After all, she was once the highest paid actress in the world. She told People Magazine, “Success is really not about what somebody else says. Being a New York Times bestseller, to me, that’s not the success of the book. The book isn’t the numbers that got sold. It was that I had an intention, and the intention was to get that information out to as many women as I could.”
5 Her Unique Look
Cameron Diaz is a true beauty, there’s no denying it. One of the reasons why she has so many fans is because of her exotic look. She’s a Latina with blue eyes and legs that go on for days. But she also works hard for what she’s got. She told E! News, “There’s no secret to aging well. There’s a basic way of doing it and it’s called living. It’s how well you live…how well you take care of yourself. There are five pillars of well-being. It’s good nutrition, good movement of the body, good night’s sleep, stress release and meaningful, connected, loving relationships.”
4 Her Good California Girl Charm
No matter what happens to Cameron Diaz in the future, one thing is for sure: she will always be a California girl from within. You can take the girl out of the sun, but you can bet you bottom dollar that she will always bring the sunshine with her, no matter where she goes. She told E! News, “Basically, when we’re 18, we’re happy. Of course we are, duh. Then, when we’re in our twenties and thirties, it starts to get stressful and life isn’t so much fun. Then, in our forties, we start to lighten up a bit more — we’re more comfortable with ourselves, we’re more knowing, more connected, more appreciative.”
3 She Won’t Let The Industry Get The Best Of Her
Cameron has managed to do one thing very successfully, and that’s not let the industry get the best of her. That’s one of the reasons why she decided to walk away when she did. And she’s not looking back, at least not for now. According to Brainy Quotes, Cameron once said, “I can't wait to be that age and hanging out with a bunch of people all day playing golf and going to the beach, all my own age. We'd be laughing and having a good time and getting loopy on our prescription drugs. Driving golf carts around. I can't wait.”
2 Her Fans Miss Her
Of course, no one knows what Cameron Diaz will do tomorrow, next week, or several months or years from now. But there’s one thing that a lot of people can agree on: her fans miss her. They want her back. For now, the only way they can see her is through social media, which she doesn’t really update very often either, if at all at times. She told Harper’s Bazaar, “Social media is great for a lot of things but not as a substitute for actual human connection. We need more actual human contact with one another. And less screen time.”
1 She Needs To Show The Younger Gals How It’s Done
Another reason why Cameron Diaz needs to return on the scene is that she needs to show the younger gals how it’s done. There are a lot of actresses out there, but there’s no one that has the same charisma as Cameron Diaz. When it comes to the best advice she can give, Cameron told Women’s Health, “Make connections, make friends, join communities, and really honor yourself. You’re getting ready to make that transition to menopause, so pay attention to where you’re at emotionally, physically, and mentally. The women who stress have it longer and harder, but the ones who accept it have it shorter and less severe.”