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Cameron Diaz in There's Something About Mary

For the better part of a quarter-century, Cameron Diaz was one of the biggest and brightest names in Hollywood. With raucous comedies, obscure and cerebral independent films, and some of the biggest action movies, there was nothing that the model-turned-actress could do. But since her quiet retreat from movies and show business as a whole, some of her fans might be wondering what the star of movies like There's Something About Mary and Charlie's Angels is up to now as well as how she became a pop culture phenomenon in the 1990s.

Here is a list of some of the most interesting facts about Cameron Diaz ranging from the early days of her career when she was still going to acting classes while making her on-screen debut to how she and her family handled the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic and just about everything thing between. Let's get started, shall we?

Cameron Diaz in The Mask

Having No Acting Experience Before The Mask, Cameron Diaz Went To Acting Lessons After Being Cast

It sounds hard to believe, but when Cameron Diaz was cast in the role of Tina Carlyle in the 1994 Jim Carrey box office hit The Mask, she had no formal acting experience. Prior to auditioning for the role, a 21-year-old Diaz had five years of experience in the modeling world but nothing in terms of being a part of a major motion picture production. That all changed when she was given a role that was initially supposed to be a couple of lines but turned out to be one of the most memorable of the entire movie.

During a conversation with EW shortly before The Mask was released in theaters, Cameron Diaz revealed that in order to improve her acting and chances of getting more roles later on, she started one-hour coaching sessions twice a week with coach John Kirby to work on her motivation as an actress as well as getting down the nuance of method acting. And the classes paid off as Diaz would become a household name in the years to come.

Cameron Diaz in Charlie's Angels

A Broken Wrist Cost Cameron Diaz A Role In The 1995 Mortal Kombat Movie

Cameron Diaz became somewhat of an action star with the 2000 release of the Charlie's Angels, but if things would have worked out differently, she would have had her first taste of martial arts action in the 1995 adaptation of Mortal Kombat where she was originally cast as Sonya Blade. That all had to change after Diaz had an injury while preparing for the role, as producer Lauri Apelian told THR in 2015:

We originally had Cameron Diaz cast as Sonya Blade. We were at New Line when The Mask was in post-production, and Cameron Diaz was not a household name. No one knew her. New Line said, 'Why don't you look at some of the dailies that are coming in from this film and see what you think of this young, unknown actress.' As soon as we saw the dailies from The Mask, there was no question that she was a star. We put her into training because she had not really done this kind of martial arts work before. She broke her wrist right before shooting to the point where she couldn't do the martial arts stunts we needed. We were very happy with Bridgette [Wilson]. It was great she was available.

It is hard to say how the movie would have ended up being if Cameron Diaz would have been able to fulfill her duties in the video game movie, but at least we all got to see Veronica Vaughn (Bridgette Wilson) kick a whole lot of ass.

John Cusack and Cameron Diaz in Being John Malkovich

Cameron Diaz Didn't Realize People Wouldn't Recognize Her In Being John Malkovich

Cameron Diaz was already a pretty big star by the time she was cast in Spike Jonze's directorial debut Being John Malkovich in 1999, but thanks to the hair, makeup, and outfits her character, Lottel Schwartz, wore in the cerebral dark comedy, people didn't recognize her set, which she didn't think would happen, as she told the Cranky Critic in late 1999:

I didn't realize that people weren't going to recognize me until I put on the costume on and I stood around talking to people working the production. I just assumed they knew it was me, but they thought I was a stranger. It was kind of interesting.

And looking back on the movie and her character, it isn't hard to imagine why so many people on set didn't recognize Cameron Diaz, even though she was already a start thanks to The Mask and There's Something About Mary.

Cameron Diaz in Bad Teacher

Even Though She Tried Botox Once, Cameron Diaz Would Rather Age Naturally

Cameron Diaz doesn't seem like she would need to rely on the Botox to preserve her looks, but the actress admitted to ET in 2014 that she once experimented with the anti-aging treatment and almost immediately regretted it. During the conversation, Diaz revealed that she once had a small touch of Botox and it changed her face in a weird way, as she described. The actress would go on to explain that she would rather see her facing aging naturally than look at a face that didn't belong to her. In 2016, Cameron Diaz explained on the OWN show (via Huff Post) revealed that while Botox wasn't for her, she holds no judgment against those who get the injections.

Cameron Diaz in The Sweetest Thing

Cameron Diaz Confirmed Her Retirement From Acting In 2018

Following the release of Annie in 2014, Cameron Diaz, who appeared in at least one movie every year up to that point, seemingly disappeared from the acting world leaving many to speculate if she would ever make another movie. In March 2018, while sitting down for a conversation with EW along with her The Sweetest Thing co-stars, Diaz confirmed the news when Christina Applegate and Selma Blair talking about getting back together, stating:

That's so awesome. I'm totally down. I'm semi-retired, too, and I am actually retired, so I would love to see you ladies.

And who could blame Cameron Diaz from retiring from acting? She had done more in a span of 20 years than most accomplish in a lifetime and worked with some of the greatest filmmakers of all time before settling down with her rockstar husband Benji Madden, which brings us to our final fact.

Cameron Diaz in The Holiday

Cameron Diaz Got To Experience The First Months Of Parenthood In Quarantine

Like pretty much everyone else around the world, Cameron Diaz spent a large chunk of the first half of 2020 sheltering to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus. But things were different for the retired actress as she and her husband were also getting used to being first-time parents during all of this. The couple welcomed their daughter, Raddix, into the world in the end of 2019 and a few months later found themselves holed up in their home with just the three of them. While there was some craziness with having a newborn in the house, Diaz explained in an Instagram post that it has been an amazing experience:

Also this time to focus on her, that you don't have to go into work, that you can work from home. I mean obviously, there's maternity leaves but being able to actually be with her. What I'm finding with my daughter is like, wow. I get to have this really focused time with her and her dad gets to be home too. He's like here he gets to pop in and out all day long, where otherwise he'd be at the office. It's so nice.

Anyone who has been locked up in their house with young children knows, 2020 hasn't been the easiest of years, but at the end of the day, like Diaz said, they get to spend time with those who they love the most.

That about does it for Cameron Diaz facts. Over the course of the 26 years, she has turned from a model who got the acting gig of a lifetime to one of the biggest names in show business who is now getting much-deserved time off with her daughter and husband. If that isn't a success story, I don't know what is.