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This Is Why Cameron Diaz Shunned the Spotlight and Never Looked Back


Apr. 26 2020, Updated 9:53 p.m. ET

Cameron Diaz will forever be America's sweetheart — even if audiences haven't seen a whole lot of the star recently. Cameron hasn't been in a movie since 2005's Annie, and she's more than fine with that. 

So what is the Something About Mary star up to these days? Why did Cameron Diaz retire from acting? Here's what you need to know. 

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So why did Cameron Diaz retire from acting? 

In a 2019 personal essay for InStyle, the 46-year-old actress explained why she's shied away from the spotlight in recent years. 

"I started [experiencing fame] when I was 22, so 25 years ago — that’s a long time," she wrote. "The way I look at it is that I've given more than half of my life to the public. I feel it’s OK for me to take time for myself now to reorganize and choose how I want to come [back] into the world. If I decide to."

Does Cameron miss making movies? Not really... 

Sorry, Cam fans: The actress told InStyle simply, "I don't miss performing. Right now I'm looking at the landscape of wellness and all that. But whatever I do, it has to be something I’m passionate about — something that just feels effortless."

She's been pretty busy outside of the filmmaking industry, too...

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Cameron Diaz is happily married to Benji Madden. 

Cameron married Good Charlotte musician Benji Madden on Jan. 5, 2015. In a 2016 interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Cameron explained how her marriage to Benji helped her learn about herself. 

"I'm just so grateful for it because I couldn't do it without my husband, and I couldn’t do it with anybody else except him" she said. 

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Cameron has written two wellness books. 

She might not be acting, but Cameron is still busy writing. In 2013, she co-wrote The Body Book: Feed, Move, Understand and Love Your Amazing Body, and in 2016, she wrote The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time.

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She's changing the conversation about aging. 

One of Cameron's hopes for The Longevity Book was to help other people see getting older as a privilege, not something we should dread. 

"Aging is such a new thing — it’s only in the last 150 years we’ve gotten to grow old," she said in an interview with EW. "Forty used to be the end of the road for women 150 years ago, and now we have another whole lifetime those women didn’t have to live and to celebrate life."

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"Why would we be sad about having another 40-year-old life ahead of us?" Cameron continued. "Shouldn't that be something we celebrate? Isn’t that a mid-life celebration instead of a mid-life crisis?"

You can follow Cameron on Instagram, but don't expect too many updates. 

While Cameron does have an Instagram page @camerondiaz, she doesn't fully embrace the whole social media trend. In a 2016 interview with Harper's Bazaar, she explained, "Social media is great for a lot of things but not as a substitute for actual human connection. We need more actual human contact with one another. And less screen time."

She might be on to something with that! 

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