Cameron Diaz Was Making so Much Money, Then Why Did She Suddenly Retire? This Might Be It!
One might think that Hollywood actress Cameron Diaz found stardom by chance, having taken advantage of an opportunity which presented her an escape from her regular job (like many other actors and actresses who have made it big in Hollywood). However, a brief outlook on her early life shows that Diaz was always meant to be a celebrity.
The first time we saw Diaz on the big screen was in the 1994 film called The Mask, which also starred Jim Carey. She was only 21 years old at that time, yet she managed to steal the show from a seasoned actor like Carey. However, this was not the first time Diaz had become acquainted with a celebrity. Apparently, the school she attended in Long Beach, California, also had Snoop Dogg as one of her class fellows (of course he was not famous back then).
She may have grown up in California, the state which is home to the glitz and glam of Hollywood, however, Diaz’s family lived in a very frugal manner during her formative years. For example, to earn some extra cash, her family reportedly used to collect empty cans of soda to sell in the disposal market.
Even before having graduated high school, Diaz had started beaming with potential, and naturally, she was quickly signed by Elite Model Management somewhere in her mid-teens. By the time she was 17 years of age, Diaz was already doing magazine covers, and ultimately agents at her modeling agency started recommending her to film directors for roles in movies.
Rise To Fame
Eventually, Diaz auditioned for the role in The Mask, and she got it. The Mask went on to be an extremely successful film, grossing around $343.9 million (not adjusted for inflation). This firmly placed Diaz on the map and she quickly became a much-demanded actress in Hollywood. This was also her cue to start taking acting classes, which she did.
The 90s were dominated by Diaz, as she dazzled audiences around the world with stunning performances in blockbuster films such as My Best Friend’s Wedding. Her career peaked in the 90s and then sustained throughout the 2000s until she announced her retirement from acting in 2014, ultimately retiring in 2018.
Why Did She Retire?
Now, we are not entirely sure why Cameron Diaz retired from acting because, to be honest, her career seemed to be doing just fine. Yes, things had slowed down a bit for her, at least compared to the level of fame she had experienced in the 90s and the early 2000s. But still, she was making a lot of money.
For example, Bad Teacher, the 2011 film which starred her in the leading role, paid her an amazing $42 million, which is way more than what Diaz had made through her Charlie’s Angels contract (around $20 million). However, the film was not critically praised. Also, many of the roles she performed afterward also attracted negative feedback from the critics, and we think this motivated Daiz to quit acting.
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