Cameron Diaz Reveals Why She Quit Acting to Gwyneth Paltrow


Cameron Diaz is opening up about her decision to retire from Hollywood.

During a chat with Gwyneth Paltrow on her “In goop Health: The Sessions” series on Wednesday, Diaz revealed what inspired her to leave her successful acting career behind.

"I just decided that I wanted different things out of my life. I had gone so hard for so long, working, making films and it's such a grind," Diaz admitted.

"I didn't really make any space for my personal life,” she added.

The 47-year-old’s career in Hollywood -- which spanned 20 years -- began in 1994 on “The Mask” and concluded in 2014 on “Annie.”

When Paltrow asked Diaz what she felt after walking away from the acting business, Diaz said she felt “a peace.”

“I got a peace in my soul,” she said, adding, "I finally was taking care of myself."

Since she sacrificed so much of her personal life for her career, she said she decided to invest her time in embracing relationships with family and friends.

"When you're making a movie, it's a perfect excuse -- they own you. You're there for 12 hours a day for months on end and you have no time for anything else," she said.

After leaving acting behind, Diaz secretly wed Good Charlotte singer Benji Madden in 2015. The couple welcomed a daughter, Raddix Madden, earlier this year.

The “Charlie’s Angels” actress also took issue with actors being “infantilized.”
“We're put in a position where everything is taken care of for us,” she said, explaining that she wanted to become “self-sufficient” and prove that she can handle being an adult on her own.

The first thing after retiring was to put “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."

Diaz also wasn’t a fan of how “intense” being in the public eye was.

"There's a lot of energy coming at you at all times when you're really visible as an actor and doing press and putting yourself out there," she admitted.

Diaz's post-acting gig included launching her own wine alongside entrepreneur Katherine Power.

The collection, “Avaline,” is described as "vegan-friendly, made with organic grapes and free of unnecessary extras like sugars, colors and concentrates."

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