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Cameron Diaz Reveals Why She Quit Acting

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Cameron Diaz (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 06 August 2020 12:22 PM

Cameron Diaz has revealed the real reasons why she decided to quit the movie business. After four Golden Globe nominations and dozens of successful films, she realized things were getting too "intense" and her personal life was suffering. She realized her priorities in life had changed.

"I just decided that I wanted different things out of my life. I had gone so hard for so long, working, making films and it's such a grind," Diaz said in an interview with Gwyneth Paltrow for her "In Goop Health: The Sessions" series on Wednesday. "I didn't really make any space for my personal life."

Diaz admitted she felt "peace" when she quit showbiz because it allowed her to take care of herself. She explained that acting required handing over control of her life and time, which prevented her from focusing on her relationships with friends and family.

"When you're making a movie, it's a perfect excuse — they own you. You're there for 12 hours a day for months on end and you have no time for anything else," she said.

"Actors are infantilized. We're put in a position where everything is taken care of for us."

Being in the public eye did not help. Diaz said she found it "intense" to have the spotlight on her at all times.

"There's a lot of energy coming at you at all times when you're really visible as an actor and doing press and putting yourself out there," she said.

Retiring allowed her to take back control and rebuild her life the way she wanted it to be. It meant "putting all the pieces of my life together the way that I wanted it to be put together, not how other people thought it should go."

Diaz has not completely ruled out the possibility of returning to Hollywood, but she said it would have to be for something meaningful. In a 2019 interview with InStyle, she revealed that there were a few things in the pipeline but it was still too early to say more.

"I like doing my own thing. I like creating, so I’m just looking for the project that makes the most sense for me now," she explained. "I have some things brewing, but it’s a little too early to talk about them."

For now, Diaz is content with nurturing her relationships with friends and family.

"I’m grateful for every moment I have," she told InStyle. "I just want to build better, stronger friendships with the people who are in it with me."

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Cameron Diaz has revealed the real reasons why she decided to quit the movie business. After four Golden Globe nominations and dozens of successful films, she realized things were getting too "intense" and her personal life was suffering. She realized her priorities in life had...
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