INT: Cameron Diaz
I first saw Cameron Diaz, it was opposite Ewan McGregor in A LIFE
LESS ORDINARY. Although the
movie was a mixed bag, I loved the chemistry between the two of
them. After that, Cameron
seemed to really find her niche in THERES SOMETHING ABOUT MARY.
She worked steadily after in films such as ANY GIVEN SUNDAY,
BEING JOHN MALKOVICH and of course, what she is best known for,
CHARLIES ANGELS and SHREK, both spawning sequels, with SHREK THE
THIRD coming next year. And
this week you can check her out in the romantic comedy THE
got the chance to talk to Cameron at the Four Seasons in
What made you walk away from a successful movie career for awhile after CHARLIES ANGELS?
You know, Im not really in any race with anyone. Im not really in competition with anyone. So I mean that in a way that I dont think my career or my life is a competition, do you know what I mean? I dont feel like I had to sort of be somewhere for any other reason other than I wanted to be there and I just sort of hadnt found anything that really made me really want to jump into it.
To go back to work ?
To go back to work, yeah because as we do when were sort of on the beginning of our career, and were kind of like, I was learning about filmmaking and acting and wanting to sort of just keep the ball in motion I did film after film after film after film which was [an] amazing experience and I so thankful for it but I got to a point that I was sort of like; I dont have a house, I dont have any place to put my bags, I havent been home, I havent seen my family, I have no friends you know what I mean. And there was a part of my life that was really going strong but I didnt have this other aspect of my life so much like Amanda [Laughing] but not in the love aspect of it but in life you just have to have a balance and so I just kind of took a little slow down for a little while which its been nice. I probably should pick it back up but I really like it.
You have no regrets then?
No, I dont believe in regret. I honestly do not believe in regret. Theres, I mean, you have to Ive always felt that the movies that Ive made were the movies I was meant to make and the movies that other people make are the movies they are meant to make and if I see something that I admire, I admire it for what that person has done, but I dont get jealous or I dont get envious. I dont believe in envy, at all. I dont envy somebody elses life or what their accomplishments, try to concentrate on my own so
When you went away, so to speak, from your career, you still stayed this sort of figure in the news constantly
Thats one of the reasons why I went away. [Laughing] I thought that if I didnt do as many films then they would have to leave me alone because my mentality about this business is that this is my job. Im talking to yall because this is my job and this is an exchange that all of us have, you know, we have an understanding about and consented, you know. And I felt like, you know, if I just dont make movies then they wouldnt have any right to my life. And of course, thats not the mentality of that media so. I realized, you know what, Im not gonna be if I make a movie or not make a movie theyre still gonna be there, so I may as well do what I love to doing and keep making movies. So I dont have any plans not to make movies.
Or become a recluse?
Or become a recluse no, I like life too much. The house is too small. [Laughing]
You say youre somewhat like Amanda in terms of what you discover that Live for today philosophy which she doesnt understand at all which she comes to the conclusion its not a bad thing to have. Is that the conclusion that youve come to, just to live for the moment?
Ive always lived that way, yeah. Im pretty much Im terrible at making plans. [Laughing] I remember when I first started doing press junkets, my first, at THE MASK. Every single person asked me, and I think it was because I was new
We didnt know who you were.
Yeah, exactly; so they were like, Ten years from now, what kind of movies do you see yourself doing? and Id be like I dont know. Im like, I dont know, what do you wanna be doing? and I was like, Well, whatever Im doing ten years from now, I dont know if Ill be making movies. I dont know if Ill be doing something completely different. Whatever it is ten years from now, I just hope I want to be happy. Period. And I dont know if it will be making movies that make me happy or if its whatever it is, you know I dont know. Milking a cow! Kind of on a milking a cow trip right now. I dont know why?
Where did that come from?
I dont know. I just think of for some reason I have this imagery of like, five oclock in the morning, this like, sort of meditatively [pretends to milk a cow] like in meditation. I dont know. [Laughter]
Well, its been ten twelve years. How happy are you? And are you surprised youre where you are?
Well, I have no idea where Im at [Laughing] I am very happy, I cant complain, um, although I do. [Laughing] But over all Im very happy with everything, you know, life is a journey. You know what I mean? My life is no different than anybody elses life. And like, some days Ive got it all figured out and some days Im like, what the hell is going on, you know what I mean? Its just like everybody else. You know, thats the human experience. The experiences the term of your life may be different and what you go through to have that experience may be different but its all experiences is the same.
Is there any particular scene, any particular line that really resonated with you in terms of relationships youve been in, are in?
Not for me personally as far as nothing relates to me in these womens relationships to my own. Other than I know that, its sort of, like I said, the circumstances are always different but I think that weve all spent either too much time in a relationship or not enough time in a relationship. You know what I mean? Thats what I think is so great with this film, its so relatable. You know, weve all been through it. Weve all had both of these relationships. And what it comes down to I think, is that these women have not taken the time to get to know who they are.
You know, Amanda cant even cry, that means shes completely cut off from her emotions. That means she probably doesnt ever ask for anything or knows how to really give anything over because if she connects to that emotion shes gonna lose everything that shes been trying to hold together. And Iris doesnt value herself; she doesnt know what she has to offer. She doesnt know what shes worth, you know. So she lets somebody walk all over her all the time. And those situations I think are, you know, thats the human experience of traveling through this crazy journey of life, trying to figure out how to make love work.
And the foundation I think that, love [works] the best from what Ive seen as examples as well as experiences, you have to really love yourself and know what your worth, what your capable of giving, what you want to receive and know how to be brave enough to be open and to trust people and trust yourself to be able to give and receive those things. So and thats what I love about the journey in this film. Obviously its a romantic comedy, its light, funny, its humorous but I think its also very honest. And I think thats why it works on so many levels. Its not this thing where youre going, Oh That doesnt happen! we dont end on this movie with these people standing on an alter together.
You dont pan off the wedding ring up to, I do. [Laughing] Theres still the question there at the end of the day. You know, at the end of the film you go, Will this relationship actually work between these two people? Its not about the end result with them, its the fact that these people decided to be open enough to take the chance to take the journey of finding out whether or not theyre love can actually work for any amount of time. And I like that because its not unrealistic, its just what we do everyday. Youre just seeing how it goes.
There is a very good thing about how Jude Laws character deals with being with a woman whos successful with her own company.
Well I think that success is all relative. I mean it means something different to everyone. I think that with Amanda, yes, shes certainly a successful you know, she makes a good living, she has a big house in Brentwood and we all know how expensive that is. [Laughing] Shes got a great wardrobe, she owns her own company. But I think most importantly to her is that shes good at what she does and she loves what she does. Shes actually successful in something that she loves doing and shes good at it.
So to me, that is thats something that I consider, what is successful; now if you do that, you dont always make a lot of money at doing that, you know what I mean? Like there are people who just do what they love doing and theyre good at it but they dont make a lot of money at it. That could be just as that could cause as much problems with somebody who makes a lot of money doing something they hate doing, you know, they might be envious or feel inadequate to the person whos actually accomplishing what they want, you know. So, you cant say in whats sort of going to be that wedge in a relationship.
But certainly I think that men have a need, an innate need, you know, its breed into them that they have to provide. And then todays society, its about how much you make and they feel they work constantly. Thats their priority, to be responsible for that and I think that the ball is in the mans court in that case, as far as whether or not he allows that aspect of life to be something that gets in the way with a woman. Because a woman actually, I dont believe she should hide who she is, or lessen herself
Or feel guilty?
Or feel guilty of hide any of that. She should be who she is and find a man who is strong enough to handle that within himself.
Just because a womans also just because Amandas successful doesnt mean shes a difficult person that man has to learn how to handle a woman thats SO successful because it means something different about her character that shes a handful, or something like that. Like I said, I think its about the man and his own within himself, whether or not he can handle it.
I dont know, I thought Amanda was kind of a difficult person, shes
Shes slightly neurotic.
In some areas but not like shes not bad shes just
Shes not perfect.
Yeah, shes not perfect. But I dont think shes like difficult. Theres no signs other than shes pretty open. The problem with her is that shes not ready to connect. You know, so she goes, Come on in! Okay, goodbye! [Laughing] Oh, alright, come on! Um, no, no, no! and thats frustrating, you know what I mean, but that doesnt have anything to do with the fact that shes successful in what she does. It just means [Laughing] shes unsuccessful at what she does as far as relationships go.
Do you think she has a sixth sense about Ed Burns character and how hed cheat on her? Do you think women have a sixth sense?
I believe women know, for sure. For sure, I think, I think when youre connected to somebody its hard theres no way you cant tell when somethings off, you know? But as far as that goes with theyre relationship, I think that its not working on so many levels that, thats not it.
Exactly, thats not it at all. You know, its just, like I said, she doesnt cry. Shes clearly not connected. Theres no communication whatsoever.
What made you want to do this movie?
Yeah, Nancy shes the raddest. I love that woman. Shes so smart; shes so funny, shes so talented. The vision this movie is her vision from beginning to end. You know what I mean? Its, from the first letter on the first page, to the last letter on the roll of the credits on the screen, know what I mean, its all her. And I think shes just so good. Shes just the best at what she does.
Did she give you the script or did she just call up and say, Ive got an idea
No, she had finished the script, actually I read the script.
Can you tell us whats going on with the next SHREK?
SHREK THE THIRD will be coming out next year and I will be happy to talk to you about it then. [Laughing] cause Im not sure how much first off I dont know a lot about it, I only know my part of it. This film, you know, we do in sections I dont really ever see the other part of the film. But I know the storyline; its a lot of fun. You guys will have a really great time with it. Theyre so great over there, they just keep stepping it up every time. Its a lot of fun.
Is it weird to you that your best known role is a big green ogre?
[Laughing] Well, in certain circles it is. In the three to ten year olds they know me but, no, I like it. I love Fiona.
What about when people step away from their career and then return with a new image and I was thinking, with you and Kate in this movie, Kate since shes been a teenager has always been this Oscar nominated, serious actress even though shes blonde and pretty and youve always been the comedienne and looked upon as the bubbly do you think you are undervalued in a way put on a box and
I dont think there is anything wrong with that. [Laughing] I dont think that there is, I mean Im not going Im happy with the things Ive accomplished. You know, Im not ashamed for being a happy, bubbly, funny person. I think thats just as valid as being the dark, brooding, tortured, Oscar nominated one, not that thats what Kate is, I dont think thats what she is at all. But certainly if you want to start putting people on boxes, I dont have a problem with that, I think that its great and I dont think that Im undervalued because I think that whatever we all offer Im surprised at actually that people would want me Im honored, Im really just honored to actually be in the position that I am and that I get to share that with people so Im not going out there going, I need
The Halle Berry or Charlize Theron transformation role where
You know, I like to explore a lot of different things and done a lot of different movies and not all of them have been successful in a way that the ones Im known for mostly you just, you just do what you do I do it for myself. You know, and movies like this I do for the audience, I want people to go and have a good time and laugh and enjoy it, or else I wouldnt make them.
If you had to trade lives with anyone, who would it be and why?
Um, I dont know. Thats a tough question. Ive been asked it a lot. Every time, I want it to be somebody different just for once. But it always seems that the person that jumps into my mind is Jack Black. [Laughing] I think, well, who do I want to be? and Jacks there in a blue leotard and a mustache and Im like, What would it be like to be that guy? I dont know... Id like to know.
Jude Law or Jack Black or a mixture?
Mixture is awesome. Theyre both such lovely men by the way; couldnt be two nicer guys, and funny, charming and down to earth and professional, respectable and just awesome people. So theyre great on their own so a mixture of the two forget about it. Itd be crazy! [Laughing] I dont know if the world could handle that.
Whats the best present that you ever got?
A can of whoop ass. [Laughing] Have you seen those cans of Whoop Ass?
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