15 Things We Didn't Know About Cameron Diaz

For as long as we can remember, Cameron Diaz has been stealing the show in more ways than one. Not only is this actress drop dead gorgeous, but she's also kind, funny, down to Earth, and amazing at what she does. All these characteristics make Diaz a joy to work with and a much-loved celebrity all around the world.

Diaz has often been praised for her tall figure, bright blue eyes, blonde hair, and killer body. Since the beginning of her career, Diaz has managed to act alongside some grade-A actors and charm her way through Hollywood.

Diaz's life wasn't always unicorns and rainbows, however, as she struggled to find her identity as a teen. When she was only 16 years old, Diaz left home and traveled to countries like Japan, Australia, France, and Morocco. After 5 years of travel, 21-year-old Diaz returned to California to pursue a modelling career.

Despite doing well in the modelling world, Diaz decided to set her sights on acting. She auditioned for numerous roles and stood out to Hollywood directors among other candidates. So much so that the gorgeous actress was eventually cast in a big-time movie, and the rest is history.

Diaz has become one of the highest paid actresses of her time and has managed to keep her reputation afloat throughout her career. If there is one actress we all know and love, it's definitely Cameron Diaz!

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15 She Doesn't Want Children

Many people have commented on the fact that Cameron Diaz does not have any children despite being married. Fans always believed that Diaz would one day change her mind and have a family, but it seems that the actress has no interest in becoming a mother. As Diaz ages, her chance of bearing children becomes less of a possibility, but she is not phased by this in the slightest. When asked about her decision to abstain from motherhood, Diaz voiced her opinion on the matter.

"It's so much more work to have children. To have lives besides your own that you are responsible for — I didn't take that on... A baby — that's all day, every day for 18 years. Not having a baby might really make things easier, but that doesn't make it an easy decision. I like protecting people, but I was never drawn to being a mother," says Diaz.

14 She Has Broken Her Nose 4 Times

Engaging in extreme sports can result in broken bones, but that is a small price to pay for Cameron Diaz. While many people think that Diaz had a nose job for aesthetic reasons, the actress debunked this rumor. Instead, Diaz says that her nose job was the result of health complications. Throughout Diaz's lifetime, she has managed to break her nose a total of 4 times, which resulted in her needing to have nasal reconstruction and rhinoplasty. While the actress is not against cosmetic surgery, she insists that she's never had a problem with her nose's appearance.

So how does one break their nose 4 times? Diaz says that her nose fractures were the result of surfing and snowboarding accidents. After her nose broke for the 4th time, Diaz was required to undergo surgery and has managed to keep out of trouble since.

13 She Was Blackmailed By A Photographer

Cameron Diaz is a nice person, which means that she can be taken advantage of from time to time. This is exactly what happened in the year 2000, when she was blackmailed by a photographer named John Rutter.

Rutter, who had taken topless pictures of a teenage Diaz, faked her signature on a 1992 release form and then sent it to her. The lowlife threatened to publish the pictures if she failed to buy them back from him for 3.5 million dollars. Instead of succumbing to his threats, Diaz notified the authorities, who later took Rutter into custody.

Diaz pressed charges against Rutter, but had to wait 5 years before seeing the creep behind bars. After a proper ruling, Rutter was sentenced to 3 years in prison for perjury, grand theft, and forgery.

12 She's A Germaphobe

It has long since been proven that Cameron Diaz is not a fan of germs. In fact, the people closest to her have often hinted that the actress might have some form of OCD when it comes to cleanliness. On numerous accounts, Diaz has been seen opening doors with her elbows, or vigorously sanitizing her hands. When asked about this topic, Diaz admitted that she's washed the doorknobs in her home so frequently that some are shedding paint.

While there is nothing wrong with being clean, it is said that Diaz takes cleanliness to an entirely new level, which proved to be an issue relationship-wise. Diaz, who is married to Benji Madden, encountered problems when he first moved into her residence.

"Cameron's going nuts over Ben's filthy habits, and he's starting to feel like he's moved back in with his mom!" says a source.

11 She Was Given The Nickname "Skeletor" In Grade School

Kids may seem innocent, but they can be really mean when they want to be. In grade school, it doesn't matter if you're tall, short, fat, or skinny — kids will find a way to make fun of you. Cameron Diaz could second this motion, as she too was bullied when she was a kid. Despite growing up to be one of the most attractive women on the planet, Diaz faced some hardships growing up — just like everyone else.

"Kids called me 'Skeletor' as a kid because I was so skinny," said the actress.

While her youth might have been challenging, the actress soon grew out of the nickname as her body filled out. Regardless, the name 'Skeletor' has stuck with Diaz for her entire lifetime. While she might not be hurt by the word any longer, this goes to show how much bullying can impact the individual.

10 She Loves Extreme Sports

Have you ever wondered how Cameron Diaz stays in shape all year round? Well, the answer is quite simple: she loves extreme sports. While Diaz does keep her figure in check by working out on the regular, it is her love of being active that has granted her her envious body.

Her grade-A body does come at a price, however, as Diaz has broken several bones while partaking in sports like surfing and snowboarding. Despite her injuries, the actress has refused to give up her passions and carried on.

"I love speed and adrenaline. When I take time off work I like to be outside. Snowboarding is an amazing escape for me – riding from the top of the hill to the bottom without ever touching the ground is so exciting," says Diaz.

9 She And Snoop Dogg Went To Long Beach Polytechnic High School Together

High school is a trying time for everyone, and that includes Cameron Diaz. The actress attended the Long Beach Polytechnic High School where she was quickly drawn to a honey-voiced student who would eventually become Snoop Dogg.

"We went to high school together. He was a year older than me. I remember him, he was very tall and skinny. He wore lots of ponytails. I'm pretty sure I bought weed from him," says Diaz in regards to Snoop.

When asked about his former schoolmate, Snoop responded with, "She was fly and she was hip. I never got at her like that because she was younger than me." According to Snoop, Diaz always had the "It" factor, which is why he wasn't surprised to see her rise up as a star years after high school ended.

8 Her Breakout Role Was In The Mask

More than two decades have passed since The Mask hit the big screen, but it is still remembered as a hilarious movie. Although little known, The Mask is actually Cameron Diaz' "breakout" role. In 1994, Diaz was only 21 years old, and she had recently switched her focus from modelling to acting.

"Well, I always wanted to be a zoologist ya see. That is what I was planning for most of my life. As long as I get something from acting then I'll do it and then hopefully by the time I'm 40, 45, I'll be working in zoology," said a young Diaz when asked about her future in acting.

Little did she know, that she would one day become a renown celebrity and that her future plans would forever change.

7 Her Father Appeared In One Of Her Movies

Like the average girl, Cameron Diaz was especially close to her late father, Emilio Diaz. So much so, that she asked him to share the set of There's Something About Mary with her. Diaz's father took part in the 1998 film by playing the 'jailbird' in the jail scene. Attracted to laughter and spontaneity, the late Diaz could not refuse to play alongside his youngest daughter. There's Something About Mary went on to be a box office success, and Diaz became even more popular than she already was.

In 2008, Diaz lost her father to a vicious case of pneumonia and later paid tribute to his memory. "My dad was loved by so many people, and his humor and spirit will always live on in our hearts," said the actress about her beloved father.

6 She Has ADD

It isn't uncommon for seasoned actors to develop an interest in filmmaking, which is why Diaz was approached with this question in 2011.

"I have no interest in directing movies or producing movies. I like my role in making films. Its the perfect amount of involvement for me. I have ADD. I would never be able to spend two years making a movie — or even one year. I would just be someplace else within a few short moments," said the actress.

Living with adult ADD can be difficult for people who aren't active, which is why you won't see Diaz taking it easy anytime soon. In her spare time, Diaz enjoys being surrounded by nature and engaging in extreme sports, as this can stabilize her energy levels.

5 Her Father Is Cuban

Cameron Diaz is most recognized by her dazzling blue eyes and staple blonde hair, which is pretty funny considering the actress actually has Cuban roots. Despite her appearance, Diaz has a very colorful background that just might surprise you. Diaz' father, Emilio, was a second-generation Cuban-American, who spoke fluent Spanish. On the other hand, Diaz's mother, Billie, is of Native American, German, and Italian descent. At first glance, it seems that Diaz predominantly took after her mother's German heritage.

Now, Diaz may not fit the Latina profile, but she does associate with it quite often. In fact, Diaz says that she grew up with "the Cuban heritage, the Cuban culture, the food, and the language." The beautiful actress is clearly proud of her heritage, and she should be!

4 She Is One Of The Highest Paid Actors Over 40

Cameron Diaz has been in the spotlight for over 20 years, and has since become one of the most sought-after actresses of her time. As a matter of fact, it was decreed that Diaz was the highest paid actress in her age group of all time. When Diaz is cast in a movie, she usually charges a $15 million dollar fee, but this fee tends to vary from movie to movie.

In 2011, Diaz was cast in the movie Bad Teacher, alongside ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake and fellow actor Jason Segel. Instead of charging her usual fee, the actress asked for $42 million dollars and was granted her wish. Funny enough, it cost barely $20 million dollars to make the film otherwise.

3 She Likes Musicians

The more famous a person gets, the more exciting their dating-pool becomes, which is why it is common for celebs to date other celebrities. This is especially true for celebrities who are drop-dead gorgeous. When it comes to slim pickings, Cameron Diaz knows little about the hardships of meeting suitable men, as she can basically handpick who she wants to get with.

Whether it is a pattern or not, Diaz has often shown romantic interest in musicians. Despite not being musical herself, the actress has a strong love for music and everything it entails. In her lifetime, Diaz has dated musicians like Vince Neil, Jared Leto, Robbie Williams, Justin Timberlake, Tyrese Gibson, Sean Combs, and Adam Levine. Today, Diaz is happily married to musician Benji Madden.

2 She's Not Opposed To Enjoying Some Green

Cameron Diaz has made it quite obvious that she smoked weed in high school. So could it be that the actress hasn't let go of past habits? In 2014, Diaz put her acting career on hold, stating that she needed some time for herself.

"I just went, 'I can't really say who I am to myself.' Which is a hard thing to face up to. I felt the need to make myself whole," says the actress.

Many have speculated that Diaz has begun to smoke weed again during her period of self-discovery — if she ever stopped at all. Growing up on the beaches of California can give marijuana some great appeal, and despite countless rumors, Diaz has never openly denounced weed.

As a matter of fact, Diaz and best friend Drew Barrymore have been photographed sharing joints on vacation numerous times. So it's quite obvious really: Diaz is all about the green.

1 She's Had Risqué Roles

There are many actors who started their careers off with films from the "other" industry, and Cameron Diaz is one of them. While her breakthrough film was indeed The Mask, the actress explored some naughty films and photoshoots for a time before branching off into acting.

Due to her popularity and reputation, Diaz did not want her past to come back and bite her in the butt, and so she kept her past hidden. Diaz was photographed in the buff before making it big in 1994, which later came back to haunt her in the year 2000, when she was blackmailed. Despite keeping things PG for the last 2 decades, Diaz did indeed commence her career in a darker division.

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