Can you believe it’s been eight years since Cameron Diaz stepped away from her acting career? It feels like it was only yesterday when we watched her star in all of our favourite films, from The Holiday to Charlie’s Angels. Since quitting Hollywood, it seems like the actor has been living a pretty wholesome life. She got married to her husband, Benji Madden, in 2015. Then in December 2019, the couple welcomed daughter Raddix.
In a recent interview, Cameron opened up about just how different her life has been since she left the Hollywood glitz, including how she now views beauty standards.
Speaking to Michelle Visage on her new BBC podcast Rule Breakers, the Knight and Day actor said she’s become far less focused on her appearance since stepping back from acting.
When Michelle asked her about resisting pressure in Hollywood, Cameron said: ‘I am absolutely a victim of all of the societal objectification and exploitations that women are subjected to. I have bought into all of them myself at certain times.’
She continued: ‘It’s hard not to; it’s hard not to look at yourself and judge yourself against other markers of beauty, and I think that that’s one of the biggest things.’
Cameron explained that while she was acting, she got used to sitting in front of the mirror for around seven hours a day, staring at herself and analysing the way she looks. Which, as you can imagine, she says had a ‘toxic’ effect on her.
‘You just start to pick yourself apart,’ she explained. ‘And you’re like, “Why I am sitting here like being so mean to myself?” My body’s strong, my body’s capable. Why am I going to talk down to it? Why am I going to be mean to it when it’s like carried me this far?’
Cameron Diaz then said for the last eight years, her beauty routine has been very different, and that she’s been like a ‘wild animal’. In fact, she said her appearance is ‘the last thing I think about on a daily basis.’
‘The last eight years, girl – I’m like wild. I’m like a wild animal, like a beast!,’ she told Michelle.
‘I literally do nothing. I never wash my face,’ she revealed. ‘Twice a month if I’m lucky, I’ll be like, “Oh, I better put this on. One time works, right?” Like is that all I have to do? I’m just not in that place right now like where I put any energy.’
We have to applaud Cameron’s laissez-faire attitude – perhaps we could all take a leaf out of her book!