Cameron Diaz Reveals Why She Quit Acting: “I Got A Peace In My Soul”

Diaz talked about how leaving Hollywood revitalized her

In a conversation with Gwyneth Paltrow on the latest episode of In Goop Health: The Sessions, Cameron Diaz revealed why she quit acting.

“What did it feel like to walk away from a movie career of that magnitude?” Paltrow asked Diaz.

“Like peace. A peace in my soul because I was finally taking care of myself,” Cameron Diaz answered with a smile. “It’s a strange thing to say. I know a lot of people won’t understand it. I know you understand it,” she added.

Why did Cameron Diaz quit acting?

In the video series, Cameron Diaz opened up about her reasons for taking a step back from her sterling movie career. Being a movie star, she didn’t feel in control of her life and had no time for herself.

“When you’re making a movie… they own you,” the Charlie’s Angels actress said. “You’re there 12 hours a day, for months on end. You have no time for anything else. And I realized I handed off parts of my life to all these other people. They took it. And I had to basically take it back and take responsibility for my own life.”

Diaz described how “actors are infantilized” because everything is taken care of for them.

“Overwhelmingly, your life just becomes so narrow,” she said. “Everybody’s doing things for you, and you’re catered around, and I never felt really, truly comfortable with that. That wasn’t my comfort zone, to be taken care of.”

She added that she had to leave acting to feel “self-sufficient again.”

“I really needed to know that I could take care of myself and that I knew how to be an adult… Having responsibility and putting all the pieces of my life together the way that I wanted it to be put together, not how other people thought it should go,” she continued.

“I said, ‘How do I want my life to function? Where do I want to go?’ And I’m the architect of that.”

And Cameron Diaz has no regrets, for she said that leaving the spotlight “was like a cleansing.”

Diaz last appeared in the 2014 film version of the musical Annie. In 2015, she married musician Benji Madden and the couple welcomed their first child, daughter Raddix, earlier this year.

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