If you think back to the early ’00s, one of the biggest names in Hollywood was Cameron Diaz. She’d come off the back of a range of hugely successful films, jumping from romantic comedy, My Best Friend’s Wedding; to surreal fantasy, Being John Malkovich; to sexy action franchise, Charlie’s Angels; to family favorite, Shrek. With such an impressive back catalog, you may still think of Diaz as a big star. But she’s actually not appeared in a film since 2014 – and, thinking about it, we realized we hadn’t seen her about in a while…
But now we’ve heard something exciting about the star and we couldn’t be more delighted for her! Keep scrolling to remind yourself of Diaz’ incredible career and even more incredible recent news –
Or at least, she was an actress. In spite of still being a big name, there are big questions about the future of Diaz’s career.
It seemed like she could take on any role in any movie genre and manage to turn it into a massive success. Everything that she touched turned to box office gold.
Her breakthrough role was in The Mask.
Diaz played the bombshell romantic lead in the 1994 comedy classic and, from then on, it seemed like she was set for huge Hollywood stardom.
Diaz was next cast in a supporting role in 1997’s My Best Friend’s Wedding, which, despite being a fairly low-brow movie, garnered her much critical and public acclaim.
One of her most iconic roles was the titular character in 1998 classic, There’s Something About Mary, which still stands up to this day.
She didn’t stick to just one type of movie and was keen to take risks with her career. One of these risks (which turned out to be a very shrewd decision) was starring in surrealist fantasy and cult classic, Being John Malkovich, in 1999.
One of her most recognizable performances was in the Charlie’s Angels franchise. Alongside Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore, Diaz played a private investigator working for a mysterious figure named “Charlie”.
She voiced Shrek’s love interest, Princess Fiona, in movies across the Shrek franchise, starting in 2001!
There’s perhaps one genre Diaz is most well known for.
She starred in some of the most popular and successful romantic comedies of the late nineties and early noughties, like the raunchy-yet-heartwarming hit, The Sweetest Thing, in 2002.
For every slightly cheesy rom-com role that she took on, she also did something a little more unexpected and was often handsomely rewarded for it. One such venture was 2003’s Gangs of New York, for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination.
She starred in the romantic comedy Christmas movie, The Holiday, in 2006 alongside Kate Winslet, Jack Black, and Jude Law. But even at this stage, it seemed like her career was on the decline.
It’s not just that Diaz hasn’t been in any big movies recently, it’s that she hasn’t been in any movies at all. In fact, her last role (in the remake of musical, Annie) was back in 2014.
According to review site, Rotten Tomatoes, the last Diaz movie that was certified “fresh” was Who Is Norman Lloyd, which came out all the way back in 2007.
2011 comedy, Bad Teacher, earned over $100 million at the box office, and, although it was no great work of art, is certainly passably funny and enjoyable to watch.
In fact, it seems that, for every successful film that Diaz has made in more recent years, there has been at least one massive flop – for example, 2014’s Sex Tape, which was universally panned.
She started incredibly strong, starring in a range of different, hugely critically acclaimed and commercially successful movies. This kind of success has been hard to follow in more recent years.
Diaz has earned a good amount of acting accolades, including four Golden Globe nominations and a New York Film Critics Award – but these all happened fairly early in her career.
Many point to the fact that she’s seemed to stick firmly to her comfort zone in more recent years.
In the past, Diaz was fairly experimental in her acting range, but her most recent movies tend to be firmly in the silly rom-com category, like 2008’s What Happens In Vegas.
2012’s What To Expect When You’re Expecting was also widely criticized for being too obvious and cheesy.
Another thing that critics point to as a reason for Diaz’s career downturn? The way that the Shrek franchise has hung around, like a bad smell, for way, way too long.
It seems that the latter years of Diaz’s career have been marked by poor choice after poor choice.
Diaz’s role in the 2014 Annie remake did not garner much praise. In fact, the entire movie has largely been regarded as a failure, and in no way an improvement on the original classic.
Since she was such a huge star at the beginning of her career, it seems as though she doesn’t really need to work anymore – at least, not out of financial requirement.
As her acting career has trailed off, Diaz has started pursuing writing instead. She published The Body Book in 2013, and it went straight to number two on the New York Times bestseller list. She followed this with 2016’s The Longevity Book.
But they escalated when Selma Blair spoke about Dias being “done” to the Evening Standard.
Blair later said in a now-deleted Tweet, “BREAKING NEWS Guys please, I was making a joke in an interview. CAMERON DIAZ is NOT retiring from ANYTHING”.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about a potential The Sweetest Thing sequel, Diaz said, “I’m semi-retired, too, and I’m actually retired, so I would love to see you ladies”.
For a long time, the star claimed that she was happy with a life without children. But fans speculated that, since she married Benji Madden in 2015, she may have had a change of heart.
It’s true that Diaz had borne the brunt of some pretty harsh commentary in recent years – and we can’t imagine that this would exactly encourage her to get back into making movies.
Because we’ve just heard the best news!
They married in January 2015 and have continued being the cutest ever since.
And Diaz seems pretty loved up. “Getting married to him was the best thing that ever happened to me,” she told Instyle last year. “My husband’s the best. He’s the greatest human being, and he’s my great partner.” Aw!
And it shows! People are taking to Twitter to express their surprise that Diaz is married, never mind a mom!
I mean, we certainly didn’t see a baby coming…
But we couldn’t be happier for the pair!
Congratulations to the beautiful couple!
Ready for more baby-related cuteness? Keep scrolling to hear about Ashley Graham’s pregnancy – she uploaded the cutest announcement pic to Insta to celebrate!