Cameron Diaz used to be Hollywood’s “it” girl. And it was a title that she definitely deserved, too. Cameron is tall, blonde, and beautiful with gorgeous, big blue eyes. She had and still has everything it takes to be a leading lady on the big screen. She was every man’s fantasy and the kind of woman that every gal wanted to become best friends with. She was super hot, yet down-to-earth, funny, and caring. She was even a pretty good actress and had enough charm to make her memorable in every role. In other words, Cameron Diaz was the perfect Hollywood leading lady. She had a string of hits like There’s Something About Mary, Vanilla Sky, and Charlie’s Angels. But then she had huge box office bombs that she would rather have you forget.
But for some reason, Hollywood stopped casting Cameron Diaz. Even though she had A-list recognition, she hasn’t had a hit film in years. As a matter of fact, it almost seems like the entertainment industry has forgotten about her altogether. Now it seems like she is more C-list, while her contemporaries are still doing well and enjoying life on the A-list. Is it her age? Has she lost her looks? Or is it her track record? Either way, her fans definitely want to know. Here are 15 reasons why Hollywood has all but forgotten about Cameron Diaz. You’d be surprised why she’s not the big Hollywood star that she used to be.
15 A-List Status
Everyone remembers Cameron Diaz the best from her breakout role in The Mask. It’s safe to say that Jim Carrey helped put Cameron on the Hollywood map. She played Tina Carlyle and from what many fans can remember, she was tall, blonde, and a complete knockout in her very first big mega-production film.
More roles followed, including Feeling Minnesota, My Best Friend’s Wedding, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. But it wasn’t until she starred in There’s Something About Mary that helped elevate her to A-list status. Cameron was the goofball comedic queen and it helped make her the household name that she is today. She was the kind of actress that didn’t mind putting you-know-what in her hair or making a complete fool out of herself in front of the camera. After all, she made the big bucks for it.
14 Golden Girl
For years, Cameron Diaz enjoyed being the entertainment industry’s golden girl. She also loved all of the attention she got with the magazine covers, the interviews, and people calling her name out on the red carpet. Nobody came close to her. She was on top of the world and at the top of her game, too.
But her golden years certainly didn’t last forever. Even though she had a string of hits in the mid-1990s, Cameron kept playing the same role over and over again, the goofy yet sexy girl, in every movie. Even though people were taking notice of her, they didn’t take her very seriously. And it was a fact that bothered Cameron for years. For years she had a hard time convincing people that she was an actress that could play other parts, too.
13 She Paid Her Dues
But according to Cameron, her success didn’t come easily. And it didn’t come quickly, either. She worked long and hard as a model before Hollywood began noticing her. And even though she did win her breakout role in The Mask, it wasn’t handed to her. Instead, she had to fight for it.
Cameron once said, “All of the sudden people say, 'She's got boobs and legs and blonde hair. Let's talk to her!' I've been paying dues for years in modelling. Not only that, it took a month and a half of Chuck Russell, The Mask's director, and Jim Carrey trying to get New Line to say OK on me. I didn't sleep; I had an ulcer. Of course, when people talk of paying their dues, they mean years of going to acting school and auditioning.”
12 Box Office Bombs
While there’s no doubt that Cameron Diaz has had a string of box office hits, she’s also had plenty of box office bombs in her past. In fact, many critics would say that she’s made more bad decisions in her movies than good ones over the years.
Some would even say that the last good movie that Cameron Diaz starred in was Vanilla Sky with Tom Cruise. And believe it or not, that movie was made back in 2001. Yes, it’s been almost two decades since Cameron has been in a decent film, unless you count Shrek, Shrek Forever After, Shrek the Halls and Shrek the Third. But seriously, if it weren’t for her animated films, Cameron Diaz would have been long gone already. A lot of people are surprised that she’s still making headlines today even though no one can remember the last good movie she was in.
11 Difficult Transitions
At one point in her career, Cameron Diaz was the highest-paid female actress. She could command up to $15 million dollars a movie. A lot of actresses in her position can’t say the same. Yet, Cameron did have a difficult time transitioning from her comedic roles to more serious ones. Even though she’s had some success in movies like My Sister’s Keeper, her fans had a difficult time seeing her in roles that she just didn’t belong in.
Simply put, Cameron’s fans wanted to see her in films like The Holiday rather than Being John Malkovich of the forgettable Any Given Sunday. Her fans love her when she’s funny and making people laugh. She just doesn’t have the kind of face (or maybe even acting chops) that fits more bleak, dramatic roles.
10 Did She Just Quit Hollywood?
Cameron says that she’s taking a “break” from Hollywood, but a lot of people think she quit the industry instead. As a matter of fact, the last film she was in was 2014’s Annie. And according to her IMBD page, she doesn’t have any films lined up and she doesn’t have her name attached to any upcoming projects, either. In other words, Cameron is virtually nonexistent in today’s Hollywood.
The blonde beauty says that she left the movie world simply because she needed to take some time out to find herself. Plus, she felt that her life was at a crossroads, too. She said, “I just went, 'I can't really say who I am to myself. I felt the need to make myself whole.” So far, it’s taken Cameron three entire years to find herself… and counting.
9 Self-Esteem Issues
Cameron Diaz has made it no secret that she’s struggled with self-esteem issues in the past. Even though she’s written books about body confidence and loving yourself for who you are, she’s had problems with her skin and ongoing acne issues. At one point in her life, it got so bad that she couldn’t hide it from the paparazzi.
And despite being considered one of the most beautiful women in the world, Cameron still has days where she feels like hiding her face. In other words, she’s got her good days and she’s got her bad ones. She’s even said in the past, “Beauty [is] a kind of radiance. People who possess a true inner beauty, their eyes are a little brighter, their skin a little more dewy. They vibrate at a different frequency.”
8 She Doesn’t Want To Be The "Hot Girl" Anymore
Cameron Diaz knows that her looks have gotten her to where she is today. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing, considering how rich her career has made her. But at the same time, Cameron doesn’t want to be known as the “hot girl.” She has a different definition of what s*x appeal is. She also doesn’t want the industry putting her in just one category, either. Now that she’s older, she sees things differently.
Cameron once said, “S*xuality and love can be different things. I can be attracted to a woman, but it doesn't mean I want to be in love with a woman. If I'm going to be with a woman, it doesn't mean I'm gay. We put these restraints and definitions on people, but it's hard to define.”
7 She Was Never Happy With Her Body
It’s without a doubt that many of Cameron Diaz’s female fans have been envious of her body shape for years. There’s no denying that she looks like the perfect model: she’s tall, slim but athletic and with great features. Yet, Cameron has hinted a few times that she was never really happy with the body that God gave her. Even though she can wear any outfit or dress in the world and make it look incredibly sexy, Cameron wants more (and by that we mean more meat). And who can blame her? Times have changed and more people are embracing their curves nowadays.
Cameron once put it this way: “I want to be a big, fleshy voluptuous woman with curves. I want a big bum, but I don't have one.”
6 Does She Want To Go Back?
Cameron claims that she wants to take a break from the limelight. And to some extent, we believe it. Recent reports indicate that she and her partner Benji Madden are thinking about starting their own family by adopting a child. Obviously, Cameron wants to open up a new chapter in her life. But at the same time, her fans believe that she wants to go back to acting, too. She was Hollywood’s Golden Girl for so many years for a good reason!
Plus, it’s who she is. A lot of other actresses like Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon make their careers work while also raising their children at home, too (with plenty of help, of course!). We have a feeling that Cameron could do the same, too. Plus, it’s never too late to start a new chapter in your life.
5 But She Hates Being A Celebrity
Unfortunately, you just can’t be a Hollywood actress anymore. A lot of A-list stars have side hustles, blogs, their own clothing line, etc. Plus, they know how important it is to be a “celebrity.” Unfortunately, Cameron hates being a celebrity. She doesn’t keep up with social media and she doesn’t want to, either. In fact, all she cant think about is one day retiring from the spotlight and living a life as far away from Hollywood as possible.
She once said, “I can't wait to be that age and hanging out with a bunch of people hanging out 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.”
4 She Guards Her Private Life
Cameron Diaz has dated plenty of high-profile men in her life, including Justin Timberlake, Jared Leto, Matt Dillon and so many more. Yet, the only relationship that has managed to work for her is the one she has with Benji Madden. The two tied the knot back in 2015 and from what we know, they are very happy together. This is because she’s very careful about guarding her private life. She doesn’t want anyone to know what’s going on behind closed doors.
Cameron once explained it this way: “I love the feeling that you get when you can really laugh with a man and be natural and not always think that there's a s*xual element going on. For me, flirting with a man means making fun of myself and trying to open myself and be very unpretentious.”
3 Short Shelf Life
While a lot of people are asking themselves, “What happened to Cameron Diaz?” every day (okay, maybe not every day), others seem to know the answer: Cameron had a short shelf life. Apparently, that’s what happens to a lot of good-looking actresses, according to Hollywood critics. The moment you start aging, no one wants to sign you on for films anymore.
Of course, Cameron doesn’t see it this way. She could definitely fund and star in her own movie if she wanted to. Yes, she’s that filthy rich and she’s still got that much power in Hollywood. Plus, Cameron is ambitious. She once said, “Whatever success people have in a field, it's a result of hard work. If you ultimately succeed in one place, you must have worked hard there or somewhere else.”
2 Is She Getting Pushed Aside?
There’s no denying that Hollywood is a cut throat business. As a matter of fact, it’s one of the toughest, if not ugliest businesses to get into. One moment you are hot, the next moment people want nothing to do with you. And to make things worse, they will replace you with someone much hotter and younger than you. That might have been the case with Cameron, especially with the fresh crop of new actresses out there.
Some people say that Cameron has just fizzled away because to put it quite simply, she’s no longer the “flavor of the month.” In fact, one fan even put it this way: “With younger, hotter actresses around (like Jennifer Lawrence), it's tough for Diaz to stay fresh at 44. So she gets pushed aside for something younger and more relevant.”
1 What’s Next For Cameron Diaz?
Actually, the answer to this question is plain and simple: nothing. Cameron Diaz hasn’t done anything in three years and apparently, she has no plans to go back to Hollywood anytime soon. Instead, she wants to focus on starting a family and of course, her personal life. She also wants to continue working with the charities that are near and dear to her heart. Plus, it’s not like the industry can just ignore her. She’s made a name for herself. People will always ask about her.
But that doesn’t mean we won’t be seeing Cameron Diaz at all. In fact, she’s said, “I think that anything that you do, any accomplishment that you make, you have to work for. And I've worked very hard in the last ten years of my life, definitely, and I can tell you that hard work pays off. It's not just a cliche.”