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I’ve uploaded a video of Cameron and Tom on Sunday night’s episode of ‘Top Gear’, which is a British TV show who take celebs to the track to race ‘cheap cars’. Cameron even beat Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint’s Record!
Cameron Diaz is the woman everybody wants at a party – fun for men and not threatening to women, like a female George Clooney. A perennial fun-seeker, she is the centre of attention wherever she goes, be it the ski slopes, the beach she is an expert ski-er and surfer – or the nightspots of Hollywood.
So it comes as something as a surprise when the MTA – Hollywood-speak for “model-turned-actress” – tells me she thinking of leaving Hollywood and settling down.
Well, for a year or so anyway. And an even bigger surprise is where she wants to put down temporary roots.
The 37-year-old actress, who has been on the move since going to Japan at the age of 16 as a leggy young model, sees herself as, wait for it .a farm girl.
“I don’t want to say I’ve seen it all because this world is so vast, but I’ve always been on the move and what I’d love to do is spend a whole year in one place, actually on a farm, where I get to raise my own crops and my own livestock and for once in my life see just how life is cultivated,” she told me earnestly, her usually smiling face looking serious.
“It’s almost like this primal thing. I really just feel like the earth is where we all come from and we have nothing if we don’t have soil and water and sun. I’ve read a lot about agriculture and I feel the need inside me to work with the earth in some way. I guess it would be like a painter having to paint.” Her smile returns, her eyes sparkle and the putative farm girl is once more the sophisticated woman in expensive designer clothes with an entourage of publicists and protectors.
There is no doubting her sincerity but it is difficult to imagine Cameron Diaz in non-designer jeans and Wellington boots enduring the deprivations of a farmer’s life.
Tom Cruise, who co-starred with her ten years ago in Vanilla Sky and re-teams with her for the big-budget comedy-adventure Knight And Day, says: “She’s one of the nicest people you’d ever want to meet and a lot of fun.
She’s talented, funny, athletic and a great actress. Always fun.” She certainly smiled and laughed a lot as we talked in a penthouse suite at New York’s Mandarin Oriental hotel shortly before the movie’s U.S.premiere. She looked casually chic in a Marc Jacobs tailored moss green jacket over a black tank top and tight blue jeans with a slim gold bangle on each arm. She appears to have an easy-going attitude to life and a natural sex appeal that has helped her become one of the world’s highest paid female stars although some of her movies have not been of the highest calibre and her acting talents have not always been obvious.
In Knight And Day—the only reason for the title is that the studio marketing department thought it would appeal to a wide audience—she plays June Havers, a woman on her way to her sister’s wedding who gets sucked into international intrigue and a round-the-world chase by Cruise, a rogue spy on the run.
Directed by James Mangold, the plot is a convoluted mish-mash of double-crosses, close escapes and almost non-stop chases, explosions and shootings involving planes, trains, cars, motorcycles and helicopters.
Tellingly and somewhat naively Diaz admits: “The script kind of went out of the window and we wrote this movie along the way. There were a lot of times when even the action sequences were sort of made up as we went along.
“Every day we just went in and had a laugh. We wanted to make a movie that people would have fun at and we had fun doing. When you do a film where you want the audience to be laughing and you spend a lot of your time laughing while making it, then you know it’s going to be genuine.” She becomes defensive, however, at the notion that it is not a movie that calls for much acting ability. “There are different kinds of acting,” she said. “Sure there are dramatic parts and parts where you are really going for it but there’s just as much acting going on in this film because we’re playing characters and my job as an actor is to take care of my character and make sure that person’s story is told.” Then she adds, laughing: “I do find, though, that in a film like this that is so big and is changing constantly that it’s a harder job to manage a relationship with your character because we’re moving around so much and it’s difficult to keep track of what’s going on.” Raised in Long Beach, California by her Cuban oil worker father and her mother, who worked for an exporter, Diaz was “discovered,” appropriately enough, at a Hollywood party by a fashion photographer when she was 16-years-old. With her parents’ approval she spent five years modelling all over the world, which she credits with giving her the independence and confidence that have been hallmarks of both her personal and professional lives.
When she was 21 Cameron Diaz auditioned for a small role in Mask, opposite Jim Carrey, and after 12 auditions she was instead given the leading role of Carrey’s chief love interest. She was suddenly a hot commodity and few actresses have had a faster ride to the top.
She appeared in a series of independent dramas such as The Last Supper, Head Above Water and Feeling Minnesota which, while they allowed her to improve her newfound acting skills, flew under the radar. In 1997’s My Best Friend’s Wedding, holding her own against the star power of Julia Roberts, she emerged as a serious contender for the romantic comedy throne and then in Something About Mary sealed her image as a sunny, smiling, yet slightly edgy bombshell.
She has continually attempted to defy expectations with dramatic roles in films such as Any Given Sunday and Gangs of New York but as Nick Cassavetes who directed her in My Sister’s Keeper, says: “Cameron’s got that joie de vivre and people love her for it, but sometimes in Hollywood there’s a resistance to seeing someone in a different light.” She has remained single, through romances with Justin Timberlake, Jared Leto, Matt Dillon, John Mayer, illusionist Criss Angel, the English male model Paul Sculfor and, at the moment, Kate Hudson’s former boyfriend the baseball star Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees. She keeps her thoughts about her relationships private but claims she is still friends with her past loves.
While many of her friends are having or adopting babies, Diaz is definite that she has no intention of following their example for some time yet, if at all. “I knew all along that if I had a child I wouldn’t be having all the other things I wanted in my life so I didn’t have a child and I got those things,” she said matter-of-factly.
As she beamed goodbye and, with her entourage in tow, headed for the door on her antique gold woven Casadei heels, it was difficult not to reflect that she could find life tough down on the farm.
Stumped as to what could cause Cameron Diaz to turn bright red? Here’s a hint: She says it’s the key to “staying young.”
But aside from that little bit of info, Diaz and her Knight and Day costar, Tom Cruise, talk about how they’re friends for life, after-hours sightseeing in Austria and why little Suri Cruise loves Cameron:
Turns out, the budding fashionista had her sights set on Diaz’s wardrobe. “She says to me, ‘I like your dress,’” Cameron tells E! movie guy Ben Lyons. “Then she says, ‘I want your dress…’”
We can’t imagine a higher compliment on one’s fashion sense.
“Oh gosh, I can’t even count how many times I’ve gotten on a plane for love. It’s not unusual in this business; my lifestyle demands it. I’m always traveling for [whispers] cock. You’ve got to go where it is,” reveals superstar actress Cameron Diaz in Playboy’s July Interview, on newsstands June 18.
The leggy blonde with the sultry face and mile-wide grin met up with Playboy Contributing Editor Stephen Rebello to discuss traveling for love, good sex, her high-profile relationships, her famous booty and her Hollywood career, including her two upcoming films: Knight and Day, a spy action comedy that costars Tom Cruise, and The Green Hornet, a twisted superhero movie that costars Seth Rogen. Says Rebello, “Cameron Diaz’s carefree, openhearted, effervescent, incredibly sexy screen persona isn’t smoke and mirrors. It’s impossible not to have a good time when you’re around her.” Following are selected quotes from the interview:
On whether or not she and Alex Rodriguez are an item: “No, no, no. I’ve been in relationships since I was 16 years old. In the past three years I’ve made a conscious decision not to be in a relationship for as long as I want. I’ve stayed away from all the traps out there for me to just fall into something that will potentially lead me down the same road…I want to have a relationship with myself right now.”
On working with her ex, Justin Timberlake, on an upcoming film: “We’re adults. Of course we could work together. It’s been three years since we broke up. It’s all done…We’re friends; he’s really talented and funny, and we’re good at being funny together. A great dynamic we have is that we love laughing together…he’s so hilarious.”On Tom Cruise: “Tom is super. He’s a special person. He’s passionate about making movies and passionate about his family. Those are the two most important things in his life, and he lives that. Working with Tom drove me to want to show up every day as driven and excited as he does.”
On whether or not she’s seen Seth Rogen high: “I might have seen Seth high but didn’t completely know it. I went to a party one night where I think there was some stoneage. People were definitely pretty baked, but I didn’t partake with him at that time. [laughs] He might have been high the entire time for all I know.”
On Snoop Dogg, who attended her high school: “Snoop was a year older than me. He stood out. He was tall and skinny and wore ponytails all over his head. I’m sure I probably bought weed from him.”
On her embarrassing encounter with Jeff Bridges: “I saw Jeff Bridges at this year’s rehearsal for the Oscars ceremony. I didn’t know what to say, but I rushed over and was like, ‘Um, hi. Congratulations on everything. You must be so excited,’ and he gave me this sideways look and smile. We just didn’t connect. There was no response. I was like, Okay. Then I started sweating and thinking, Wait, he’s nominated, right? Or did I just totally make an ass of myself?”
On the types of roles she chooses: “Working with Daniel Day-Lewis in Gangs of New York put a lot of things in perspective for me. I saw the way he worked and the outcome of his hard work. I could do exactly what he does and have completely different results. Why would I put myself in the position of trying to do something only Daniel Day-Lewis can do?…I do the roles I do because of the person I am.”
On others’ opinions of her work: “Whether other people consider my accomplishments to be successful or not doesn’t matter to me. I don’t give a fuck what other people think. I have my own standards I live by.”
On her famous booty: “My booty has been on hiatus from film but certainly not from everyday life, where it doesn’t stop moving. It’s in constant sway and has a mind of its own. On camera, though, there just hasn’t been an opportunity for it to assert itself lately.”
On men who try to pick her up: “I never shut down any man who’s willing to ask me out unless he’s a total douche bag. It takes a lot for a guy to ask out a girl like me—not because I think I’m superspecial or anything. It’s just that I think men are intimidated, and it’s a lot to get involved with. It’s not uncomplicated.”
On the relationships she’s had: “I’ve had really successful relationships, even though they’ve lasted only a certain amount of time. I’m okay with that. With some of the relationships that have drawn public interest, I feel as though I’ve evolved, learned and become better equipped. I don’t feel I need to make it different for the outside world that’s looking in and judging it.”
On her primal instincts: “I’m primal on an animalistic level, kind of like, ‘Bonk me over the head, throw me over your shoulder. You man, me woman.’ Not everybody has the right kind of primal thing for me…I love physical contact. I have to be touching my lover, like, always. It’s not optional.”
On her childhood crush: “Raiders of the Lost Ark was a big thing for me. When I was nine, in my mind I was kissing Harrison Ford, and he was an amazing kisser. I was going to marry him. It’s not a secret today. He knows. He’s taken, so what can I do?”
On her first sexual experience: “I kind of did it just to do it. I wanted to get it over with just so it was done…After that it was as if the gates were open.”
On sexuality and love: “Sexuality and love can be different things. I can be attracted to a woman sexually, but it doesn’t mean I want to be in love with a woman. If I’m going to be with a woman sexually, it doesn’t mean I’m a lesbian. We put these restraints and definitions on people, but it’s hard to define.”
On the widespread belief that Anna Faris mocked Cameron in Lost in Translation: “She’s lovely, talented, funny, and I love watching her. I have no ill feelings toward her whatsoever. You can’t hurt my feelings. I’m the first to make fun of myself.”
On reading the tabloids: “If I spent any time reading what people make up about my life, I would be taking away from how I live my life, which is so much better than anyone could imagine.”
On her life: “I have an extraordinary life, for which I am so grateful. If you’re grateful for what you have, you’re in need of nothing else. I can’t imagine how my life could get better, but I’m sure it can. It will—because it always does.”
First on the list: Alex Rodriguez, with whom she enjoyed romantic dinners and whose NYC apartment she was once spotted leaving one morning in May.
“No, no, no,” Diaz, 37, says when asked if they’re an item. “I’ve been in relationships since I was 16-years old. In the past three years Ive made a conscious decision not to be in a relationship for as long as I want. I’ve stayed away from all the traps out there for me to just fall into something that will potentially lead me down the same road … I want to have a relationship with myself right now.”
Diaz – who headlines the action-comedy Knight and Day (out June 23) — recently reunited with ex Justin Timberlake for the romantic comedy, Bad Teacher.
Us Weekly reported that he “tortured” girlfriend Jessica Biel by taking the role. But Diaz insists she has nothing to worry about.
“We’re adults,” she tells Playboy. “Of course, we could work together. Its been three years since we broke up. It’s all done … We’re friends; he’s really talented and funny, and we’re good at being funny together. A great dynamic we have is that we love laughing together … he’s so hilarious.”
When it comes to her love life, “I never shut down any man whos willing to ask me out unless hes a total douche bag,” Diaz says. “It takes a lot for a guy to ask out a girl like me not because I think I’m superspecial or anything. Its just that I think men are intimidated, and its a lot to get involved with. Its not uncomplicated.”
She says she’s “had really successful relationships, even though they’ve lasted only a certain amount of time. I’m okay with that. With some of the relationships that have drawn public interest, I feel as though Ive evolved, learned and become better equipped. I don’t feel I need to make it different for the outside world that’s looking in and judging it.
According to Vogue, the actress said that she hopes her role as a foul-mouthed teacher in new movie ‘Bad Teacher’ will cause a stir.
Diaz said: “I’m having the best time playing her. The women I play, you know, I usually like to take care of them.”
“I want to make sure they’re moral people, even if they’re not doing their best. I like them to come across as human beings.”
“But this one? I don’t feel any responsibility for her. She doesn’t give a s**t about anyone but herself.”
“I’m sure we’ll offend everyone with it, which is great, because if you offend everyone, you don’t have to apologise to anyone, right?”
“If somebody asks me if you’re going to do a Charlie’s Angels 10 years from now, I’m like, ‘What?!’” laughed Diaz at yesterday’s press conference for the fourth and final installment of Dreamworks’ Shrek series, Shrek Forever After.
“It’s a little bit different fitting in those pants from 10 years ago, but Shrek of course we get to go back to whatever they will be 10 years from now. I’m in,” she said, adding “but hopefully we won’t have to wait that long.”
Unfortunately, no matter how much Diaz and her castmates enjoyed doing Shrek, Dreamworks assures us that Shrek Forever After is absolutely the end of the line for everyone’s favorite grumpy Scottish ogre and his medieval fairytale entourage.
The plot of Shrek Forever After itself is a bit of a reboot. When con man Rumpelstiltskin offers Shrek the chance to live a dream day in which he’s the scary ogre he used to be, Shrek winds up stuck in an alternate reality where Rumplestiltskin is the evil king, ogres are hunted, and none of Shrek’s friends know him.
There are some new characters, voiced by none other than Kathy Griffin, Jane Lynch, Craig Robinson and Jon Hamm. And many old favorites reappear, albeit in slightly changed form—Fiona has become the bad-ass leader of an underground ogre resistance and Puss in Boots is a fat housecat.
Speaking of Puss in Boots, we may not have seen the last of him yet. Although the team behind Shrek swear on their lives that this is the last of this series, they did let drop that Dreamworks is planning a Puss in Boots spin-off. “Kind of like The Jeffersons splitting off from All in the Family,” Shrek director Mike Mitchell told E! News.
Do we smell a Shrek cameo? Perhaps. In the meantime, you can get your final Shrek fix in theaters everywhere starting May 21.
source: E! Online