Why did Cameron Diaz disappear from the spotlight? When looking back on her most recent interviews, one can find some clues. In an interview with LA’s Review Of Books back in 2016, Diaz opened up about aging in Hollywood and how society’s view on getting older forced her to reevaluate the trajectory of her career.
Cameron admitted many reporters, as well as friends, would ask her if she was “getting nervous” about getting older on the Hollywood scene. Her friends would ask her, “aren’t you scared,” and Diaz said she felt no shame.
Just because others are scared of getting older, it didn’t mean she had to. However, when people continuously mention it over and over again, it’s easy to look at it in a different light.
She explained, “and I started thinking, ‘Wow, should I be scared of this?” Thankfully, The Mask star realized she is strong and has no reason to be fearful.
As you may know, Cameron’s perspective on the aging-question comes at a time in Hollywood when entertainers are looking for ways to close the gaps between men and women in the industry.
Cameron said the difficulty comes with not being able to “play 25 anymore.” According to the actress, there is always work for young women, but once they get older, it becomes more challenging.
However, on the other side of the equation, one could make the same case for men, because they can’t play roles of young males either once they’re past forty.
As for advice on how Hollywood should address these growing pains, Diaz thinks it’s important for women to accept themselves as they are, and to ask for roles and movies that represent their identities no matter the age.
She stated, “when women accept where they’re at, they say, ‘I want to see stories that represent me.'” Hollywood will have no choice but to make those films because it’s what the public demands of them.