It’ll be four years next month since the release of Cameron Diaz’s last movie, Annie. She and Benji Madden got married a month later, in January 2015, and since then, as I say every time I write about her, she’s been really, really quiet. Earlier this year, during a reunion with Christina Applegate and Selma Blair for The Sweetest Thing in Entertainment Weekly, Cam said she was retired. This was shortly after Selma Blair described her as being retired and people freaked out and she had to backtrack and then Cam said it herself.
It’s not like she needs the money. Ten years ago, in 2008, Cam was the highest-paid actress in Hollywood, earning $50 million. She’d been working non-stop for 20 years. And then she decided she was out. While she hasn’t said much about it, she did participate in a goop panel in 2017 of the decision to get out of the game:
"I just went, 'I can't really say who I am to myself,' which is a hard thing to face up to. I felt the need to make myself whole."
That then, presumably, is what she’s been doing: figuring out who she is and it seems as though what she’s figured out is that acting is not her thing.
Here’s Cam the other night in LA after a birthday bowling party for Nick Swisher, who is married to her very good friend JoAnna Garcia. You know this Gossip Nostalgia, right? Before Nick, JoAnna dated Trace Ayala, Justin Timberlake’s best friend. She and Cam go that far back. Cam and JT broke up in 2007, after he emotionally cheated on her with Jessica Biel, which he basically admits to in his book, while practically in the next breath he still has the goddamn nerve to allude to being betrayed by Britney and channeling that hurt into his music, the f-cker. JoAnna and Trace broke up the year later. What remains is their friendship and isn’t that the gift? The assholes fade away but you keep what’s true.
While we’re enjoying this Gossip Nostalgia, here’s more – look what I found:
Back in the day, those Super Bowl cameras clearly had a thing for Cameron Diaz. Because there was also this:
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