Despite being one of the most commercially successful actresses of her generation, Cameron Diaz has surprised her many fans by hinting that she’s now retired from the movie biz – and seriously, that's our loss, guys.
Reuniting with her co-stars Selma Blair and Christina Applegate from the 2002 comedy The Sweetest Thing, Diaz – who has also starred in a number of awesome genre movies (we’ll get to that in a bit) – stated in a conversation with Entertainment Weekly that she’s “actually retired” from acting.
First, Applegate revealed that she was "semi-retired" from acting, and that she and Blair see each other occasionally. When asked if Diaz would want to meet up with her castmates, she responded by saying: "I'm semi-retired, too, and I am actually retired, so I would love to see you ladies."
While this might not be an official confirmation that Diaz is gone from our screens forever, we can’t help but feel it’s a depressing sign that Hollywood still has a major problem in finding good roles for actresses over a certain age (Diaz is 45 – practically a baby compared to most male action heroes currently in operation, let’s be honest). It's even more frustrating when you take into account the fact that her movies have collectively made a staggering $3 billion at the box office.
Aside from her stellar work in big-budget comedies and crowd-pleasers, Diaz has carved out an impressive list of genre titles over the years, and it's a crying shame that we won’t be seeing more of her. Hell, she even had an uncredited role as a bus passenger in Spielberg's Minority Report (2002)!
The San Diego-born star burst onto the big screen as lounge singer Tina Carlyle in the superhero-of-sorts comedy film The Mask (1994), starring Jim Carrey. Her dazzling performance turned her into an overnight sensation, but as well as going on to star in some of the ‘90s' biggest rom-coms, she also picked some surprisingly left-field projects, including the fantasy drama Being John Malkovich (1999). Diaz won plaudits for playing the dowdy Lotte Schwartz in the movie, though her versatility as an actress still feels somewhat underrated.
As Princess Fiona, Diaz impressed as a natural voice talent in the ridiculously successful Shrek franchise, which included Shrek (2001), Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third (2007), and Shrek Forever After (2010). There have even been rumors of a fifth film, which we’re hoping Diaz will come out of retirement for. It currently remains the 14th-highest-grossing franchise of all time, and the second-highest-grossing animated franchise. (So yeah, she probably doesn't have to work.)
She was undoubtedly a highlight of Seth Rogen’s mixed-bag superhero movie The Green Hornet (2011). As Lenore Case, Diaz proved once again that she can kick some serious butt when it comes to action scenes (which we already knew from the high-gloss, action-packed Charlie’s Angels movies).
Lastly, we’d say one of Diaz's finest moments (in an underappreciated movie) was playing one half of the troubled suburban couple in Richard Kelly’s psychological sci-fi thriller The Box (2009). Diaz was perfectly understated in The Twilight Zone-esque picture, with her performance building on the creepy tension throughout. It's exactly that kind of experimental movie choice that makes us miss her already. Come back soon, Cameron.
What are some of your favorite Cameron Diaz performances? Comment below and we’ll read ‘em and weep.