Cameron Diaz reveals the real reason she quit acting

For decades, Cameron Diaz dazzled on the big screens. She combined her bombshell blonde beauty with razor-sharp comedic timing in box office hits like There’s Something About Mary and The Mask. In 2013, Diaz was named the highest paid female actress over 40, according to The Hollywood Reporter. However, Diaz eventually needed a break from Hollywood. In 2018, the A-list actress confirmed she was retiring from acting, per the BBC. According to Entertainment Tonight, the actress’ last role before retiring was as Miss Hannigan in the 2014 movie musical “Annie.”

Now the superstar is back from his break. Diaz is set to star alongside Jamie Foxx in Netflix action comedy Back in Action, according to Deadline. It’s worth noting that the two have worked together before: Foxx played Warbucks in Annie and they co-starred in the 1999 sports drama Any Given Sunday.

Netflix tweeted, “Cameron Diaz is officially not retiring!! She’s set to star in a new Netflix movie with Jamie Foxx — and we have an unexpected person to thank for putting her back in action…” Below was a tweet from Foxx that included a short audio clip of him and Diaz on Phone. During the call, he introduced Tom Brady (whom Foxx refers to as GOAT), who appears to be an expert on retiring. Diaz was up for a few tips, saying, “Honestly… just what I needed.”

As we await her new movie, we’ll answer the question every fan asks – why did Diaz quit acting in the first place?

Because of this, Cameron Diaz retired from the big screen

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Cameron Diaz sat down with CBS News in an on-camera interview about her acting break. When asked why she left her career behind, Diaz explained the importance of taking a breather. She said: “Let me just step back for a second and take a look at what the bigger picture is for me and what things I could do better and be more involved so I feel more complete. And I did.” While she missed certain parts of acting, Diaz told the outlet, “It’s a different lifestyle and you have to be willing to do that.”

Speaking to Gwyneth Paltrow for Goop, Diaz was asked how it felt to leave her successful acting career behind. The actor replied: “A peace. I have a peace in my soul.” She continued, “I’ve finally taken care of myself … It’s so intense to work at this level and be so public and show yourself out there.”

During her free time, the actor focuses on her family (her husband, Good Charlotte frontman Benji Madden, and their daughter Raddix), love of cooking, and a special business venture, according to CBS News. In 2020, she launched an organic and vegan wine label called Avaline with friend and business partner Katherine Power, per In Style.

Now, Diaz is adding actors to her resume again — and we couldn’t be more excited.