Cameron Diaz on Being an Actress
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 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.
“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!'”