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She’s never been one for a traditional way of thinking, and Cameron Diaz feels like marriage is a dying institution.
The “Something About Mary” babe told Maxim magazine that she’s more a fan of doing things her own way.
“I think we have to make our own rules. I don’t think we should live our lives in relationships based off old traditions that don’t suit our world any longer.”
“I think a lot of people are married to people they’re not romantic with anymore. I just didn’t ever marry anybody that I then had to get divorced from. We break up. We move on.”
In Bad Teacher, Cameron Diaz stars as a pot-smoking, profanity-spewing, inappropriately slutty would-be molder of young minds. Footage of the June 24 comedy screened for theater owners at the annual CinemaCon gathering, where she was honored by the group as its female star of the year.
The actress sat down with EW to discuss the world’s worst educator (see the film’s NSFW curse-filled red-band trailer below), as well as her upcoming role in the Joel and Ethan Coen-scripted Gambit remake, and the fake reports that she’s making a baseball movie with boyfriend, Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So we’ve got Bad Teacher, but there have also been movies like Bad Santa, and Bad Lieutenant. How about getting them to join forces in one film, like the superheroes in The Avengers?
CAMERON DIAZ: Definitely. Sure. [Laughs] We could have a series of Bads who team up.
Bad Doctor, Bad Lawyer …
Something good could come of that!
“Bad teacher” is a relative term, isn’t it? When I was in school I might have found this woman … very inspiring.
Absolutely. It’s like, “I can learn from that woman.” [Laughs] But she’s not a good teacher of curriculum that has been set out by the school for the sake of education. And she doesn’t really care, which is what makes her such a bad teacher.
Did she start out that way or lose her idealism at some point?
No, she hit the ground running with absolutely no passion or love or desire to be a teacher. To her, it’s her Me-time in the classroom. That’s her alone time, when she gets to catch up on things for herself. It frees up her time to pursue her passion, which is finding someone rich to take care of her. She’s out trying to capture someone.
And her new prey is a dweeby substitute teacher played by Justin Timberlake?
Yes, the poor thing just walks into the lion’s den, unknowing. He’s there because he’s really passionate about teaching. He’s got money. He doesn’t have to work, but wants to. … She’s skimming by on the bare minimum.
Which of her bad behaviors did you savor the most?
I really enjoyed working with the kids. It was fun to be mean to them, and see them respond in mock terror. Something in me felt empowered that I was squashing these young children, and taking them down. But, aww — they’re just acting.
Your next film is with Colin Firth, a remake of the 1966 thriller Gambit. When does that start?
This month. I go to London and we start the first week of May.
It’s a Coen brothers script (The Last Station‘s Michael Hoffmann directs), so what’s the tone of this version?
I describe it as a good, old-fashioned romp. It’s an art, uh, I wouldn’t say “heist,” but they’re scamming. My character gets caught up in a scam by this curator of an art collection for a very wealthy publisher. He’s trying to do a little fraud. But it’s not heavy.
I read you were developing a baseball film for you and Alex. That for real?
Totally untrue. That’s one of those things where somebody made it up out of thin air. They put it right out onto the Internet, and I’ll probably get a lot more questions of it. But, no.
Being on set with Timberlake, 30, on the upcoming Bad Teacher “really wasn’t a big deal,” Diaz, 38, said before accepting the award for Female Star of the Year at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Wednesday. “We had a great time.”
And the pair’s shared sense of humor came in handy. “Justin and I have always had a good laugh together, and to make a movie where we get to have a laugh together,” Diaz said. “There really was no one else who was more perfect for this part. That’s why he got the part.”
In the movie, Diaz plays a foul-mouthed teacher who sets her sights on Timberlake, a new colleague at the school.
“He’s a genius comedian, everybody knows,” she said. “Saturday Night Live and all the stuff that he’s done over the years, he’s clearly talented. We went for the best person for the job, and it just so happened that it was him. And he delivers.”
“Extra” caught up with lovely actress Cameron Diaz as she was being honored with the CinemaCon Female Star of the Year award in Las Vegas — and asked her about the rumor that she’s developing a movie to star in with real-life beau, baseball star Alex Rodriguez.
“I don’t know where these things come from,” Diaz laughed. “It’s absolutely not true. I don’t write. Wow, when did I become a writer?”
Diaz also chatted about how much fun she had making “Bad Teacher” with Jason Segel and her ex, Justin Timberlake. “It was so much fun. That’s the perfect example of just doing a movie to have a good time. There’s no other reason to do that movie. Both Jason and Justin, who are two of the funniest guys… I felt really lucky we all got to do that together.”
“Bad Teacher” starts class June 24.
What happens in Vegas high school apparently doesn’t stay there, because Cameron Diaz announced to the world on Lopez Tonight that she’s “pretty sure” she bought weed from Snoop Dogg back in the day.
Matt Zaller is no stranger to giving creepy interviews, but he might have outdone himself with this hilarious Cameron Diaz piece. When Zaller sat down to talk with the “Green Hornet” star, he came prepared — with creepy Photoshopped photos of them together and a full-length song about her recorded on his phone. You know, standard interview materials.
The best part? Ms. Diaz doesn’t even miss a beat and plays right along with Zaller’s hilarious bit. You have to see how she handles his ridiculousness in the full interview below.