Cameron Diaz Reveals Why She Stopped Acting

Renowned Hollywood actress Cameron Diaz, much adored for her roles in various blockbusters, seemed to have taken a backseat from the limelight after her last appearance in the 2014 film ‘Annie.’ While she hasn’t officially bid adieu to her acting career, her absence from the big screen has left fans curious about her whereabouts.

The speculation about Diaz’s retirement sparked in 2018 when, during a reunion with her co-stars from ‘The Sweetest Thing,’ she jokingly referred to herself as retired. This playful remark led many to wonder why the once-highest-paid actress in Hollywood had chosen to step away from the industry. With a prolific career spanning over two decades and featuring in 40 movies, Diaz’s sudden retreat from upcoming projects came as a surprise to many.

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Why Cameron Diaz Stopped Acting
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However, a peek into Diaz’s personal life provides some clues. In 2015, she surprised her fans by tying the knot with Benji Madden, the guitarist of Good Charlotte, after a whirlwind romance. Unlike her previous high-profile relationships with stars like Jared Leto, Alex Rodriguez and Justin Timberlake, Diaz’s marriage to Madden has been relatively private.

The couple welcomed their daughter, Raddix Madden, via a surrogate, and have been fiercely protective of her privacy, refraining from sharing further details or photos on social media.

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Since becoming a mother, Diaz has shifted her focus to her family life. In a recent interview on the SiriusXM show “Quarantined with Bruce,” she expressed her reluctance to be away from her child for long stretches on a movie set. Consequently, Diaz has explored new ventures outside of acting, including launching a wine line called Avaline and penning two self-help books.

Diaz’s journey to stardom is as intriguing as her hiatus from acting. With a diverse heritage blending Cuban-American and British German roots, Diaz was discovered by a model scout at a Los Angeles club at the age of 16. Her big-screen debut in ‘The Mask’ alongside Jim Carrey catapulted her to fame, earning her recognition as a sex symbol and praise for her natural charm and comedic talent.

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Throughout her career, Diaz has delivered memorable performances in films like ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ and ‘There’s Something About Mary.’ Despite facing criticism and controversies, including winning the ‘Best Actress’ award over Judi Dench, Diaz continued to showcase her acting prowess, albeit in roles that didn’t always conform to traditional award standards.

In recent years, Diaz’s career faced challenges with films like ‘The Holiday’ and ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’ receiving mixed reviews. However, a glimmer of hope emerged when actor and singer Jamie Foxx persuaded her to consider a comeback. Her return to the screen in the upcoming Netflix film ‘Back in Action’ marks her comeback after a prolonged absence, defying age-related stereotypes in Hollywood.