Despite Cameron Diaz‘s choice to retire at what seemed to be the height of her career — the star wouldn’t have it any other way.
In the latest episode of In Goop Health: The Sessions, Cameron’s explained to Gwyneth Paltrow that because she gave her everything to her career, she never made “any space for [her] personal life.”
“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,” she said.
“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.”
Cameron also revealed how life in the spotlight was draining, a fact Gwyneth could “understand.”
“It’s so intense to work at that level and be that public and put yourself out there. 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 shared, adding how she is particularly “sensitive” to the “energies” of other people.
But Cameron revealed that when she turned 40, she decided to discover herself and become “self-sufficient” again, as she had been catered to so much in her career.
When Gwyneth asked Cameron what it felt like to leave that past behind, she responded, “Like peace. A peace in my soul because I was finally taking care of myself.”
She credits husband Benji Madden for guiding her through a “painful” journey of self-discovery.
“I broke that mirror about a thousand times when he put it up to me. I was like, ‘I hate you… don’t show me that,’ and he was like, ‘Look, b***h. Look’,” she laughed. “Thank God for him.”
The two married in 2015 and live a quiet life but that doesn’t mean Diaz skimps on bragging over her 7-month old daughter, Raddix Madden. Recently, she told Jimmy Fallon that she’s overjoyed to live in a “little bubble” with her baby amid the pandemic. “Before my baby was an excuse to stay home,” she said. “Now I don’t have to make that excuse. It’s just what it is, and I get to be with her.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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