Teen Talks To: Cameron Diaz
After taking some time off to enjoy her career success and some much-needed down time with her (ex) boyfriend Justin Timberlake, Cameron Diaz is back on the big-screen in The Holiday. Teenmag.com chatted with Cameron as she made a stop at home in LA to promote the must-see romantic comedy.
TEEN: You took a bit of a break from working, why?
C.D.: I’m not in a race with anyone or in a competition with anyone. I mean that in the way that I don’t think my career or my life is a competition. I didn’t feel like I had to be somewhere for any other reason than if I wanted to be there. I hadn’t found anything that made me really want to go back to work. As we do in the beginning when we’re starting our careers and sort of flitting about and wanting to act and keep the ball in motion, I did film after film after film after film. It was an amazing experience that I’m so thankful for but I got to the point where I was like, “I don’t have a house. I don’t have any place to put my bags. I haven’t seen my family. I have no friends.” There was a part of my life that was really going strong but there were other aspects of my life that were so much like Amanda, my character in the movie, but not in the love aspect of it. Just in life you have to have a balance so I kind of took a little slow down for a little while which was nice. I should probably pick it back up but I really like it.
TEEN: Have you come to the same conclusion as Amanda does in the movie, to live for the moment?
C.D.L I have always lived that way. I’m terrible at making plans. I remember when I first started doing press interviews for The Mask, every single person asked me, and I think it was because I was new, 10 years from now, what kind of movies do you see yourself doing? And I’d kind of be like, “I don’t know.” I said, “Whatever I’m doing 10 years from now – I don’t know if I’ll be making movies, I don’t know if I’ll be doing something completely different, but whatever it is 10 years from now I want to be happy. Period.” I don’t know if it will be movies that makes me happy or milking a cow. I’m kind of on a milking a cow trip right now. I just have this imagery of five o’clock in the morning milking a cow, sort of like meditation.
TEEN: In the film, Amanda knows that her boyfriend is cheating on her. Do you think women have that intuition to know when a man is being unfaithful?
C.D.: I believe women know for sure. I think when you’re connected to somebody there’s no way that you can’t tell when something is off. As far as that goes in their relationship I think its not working on so many levels that’s not it at all. She doesn’t cry. She’s clearly without any communication whatsoever.
TEEN: Are you the type to get depressed or get over relationships quickly when you breakup?
C.D.: It’s like everybody. I’ve been slammed before and then other times I’m like, “Yes, this is awesome!” I think you just get through it. Having your heart broken is never fun but you’ve gotta get over it at some point, right?
TEEN: What advice would you give girls dealing with heartbreak?
C.D.: I think its just like everybody – like the characters Iris and Amanda, it goes back to knowing yourself, being happy with yourself, being connected to yourself – you always have to start there first. It’s really awesome growing up in a very narcissistic society because we’ve finally figured out that it’s all about us. I encourage you to figure it out within yourself.
TEEN: Will you and Justin ever work together?
C.D.: Probably not.
TEEN: What is your ideal holiday spot?
C.D.: I like to be by the water so I’m kind of an island girl or the mountains. I like the snow – I like both.
TEEN: Have you ever experienced a holiday like the one in the movie?
C.D.: I like to go on holidays with a group of friends or with family – those holidays are always the ones where I come out rejuvenated on another level that I don’t get when I go someplace alone. When I’m with the people that I love and I can share our lives together – those are the ones where I leave and think, “I can’t wait to do that again.”
TEEN: What’s the best present you’ve ever received?
C.D.: A can of whoopass.
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