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Cameron Diaz on Being an Actress

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In person, Cameron Diaz is every bit as bubbly and energetic as she seems onscreen. She exudes a fun, confident energy and her ear-to-ear grin is contagious. Not what you’d expect the highest paid actress in Hollywood to be, she is friendly and approachable rather than distant and glamorous. She’s the kind of gal that guys want to hang out with because she’s gorgeous with perfect, mile-long legs, and yet she’ll guzzle beer and talk with her mouth full of hot dog at a football game. She’s the kind of girl that women want to be friends with because she is fun, adventurous and is great at dishing out style advice (she was a model, after all).

Cameron Diaz on Being an Actress

Cameron may also be able to add ‘luckiest girl alive’ to her list of attributes; not only is she one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood but she, admittedly, completely lucked into her first role as Tina in The Mask, co-starring Jim Carrey. Her modeling agent (she left home at 16 to model abroad for 5 years) sent her to the audition as a complete unknown with no acting experience–and she still managed to land the role.

Cameron Diaz on Being an Actress“When I was auditioning for The Mask, I had a moment when I was reading with Peter Greene-—I came out of it shaking, with sweaty palms, screaming, jumping up and down. I had such a good time doing it and got such a rush from it. I just went, ‘This is it. This is what I want to do. I’ve got to get this part!'”

Never one to shy away from challenging or unattractive roles, she then went on to star in Feeling Minnesota, in which she plays a down-on-her-luck stripper/hooker/whatever who runs off with her fiancé’s criminal brother (played by Keanu Reeves). Not exactly typical starlet choices. “I knew if I just took other parts that were exactly the same as Tina, I would end up not having much of a career. I want to test what I’m capable of,” she explains, “I haven’t been worried about my image so much as I have been trying to find projects to push myself further than before.”

I came out of it shaking, with sweaty palms, screaming, jumping up and down. I just went, ‘This is it. This is what I want to do. I’ve got to get this part!'”

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A writer, artist and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary spends most of her time in France, but still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC and has traveled extensively around the world, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

6 Comments

  1. Hannah Mayers

    I don’t personally know Cameron Diaz but I have read a lot of articles about her and I can conclude she is a good and true person. I think she is a truly beautiful inside and out 🙂

    • She is! She’s not afraid to be real and let herself seem vulnerable, which is fairly unusual for a celebrity.

  2. Jen Garcia

    I simply love Cameron Diaz. She’s such a great actress and I love how she portrayed her role in “My Bestfriend’s Wedding.”

    And I admire her for believing that “fame has its pitfalls.” Indeed, a very realistic person.

  3. I love her energy! 🙂 Interesting to hear that she got her start at an audition with no previous acting experience.

  4. I love Cameron fun energy! She seems like a person who can change anyone's mood. But Besides that she has proven to be an amazing actress, and It all started with the Mask. Who knew one audition could change her whole life. Sometimes I wish I had the confidence to go into an audition and just shine. Maybe one day I will.

  5. Jen Spillane

    It's so interesting to read about actors who go into auditions and just wing it, and wind up landing their breakout role. There's gotta be a lesson in there…

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