Cameron Diaz reveals how she 'fell back into acting' after eight-year hiatus

Cameron Diaz spoke of how returning to acting feels "a little bit different", admitting she has mixed feelings about taking on a new role...

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Cameron Diaz is set to return to acting after an eight-year hiatus in the aptly named Back in Action. Cameron will appear alongside Jamie Foxx in director Seth Gordon’s upcoming action-comedy film. 

Speaking as a guest on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Cameron revealed that she has mixed feelings about her return. 

“It’s a little bit of muscle memory, you know what I mean? I did that for so long, it’s kind of like the process — I just fell back into it,” she told Jimmy Fallon during the show. “But it feels a little bit different.”

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Cameron Diaz announced she'd quit acting for good in 2014, explaining that she wanted to focus on other areas of her life. Pursuing new ventures, such as an organic wine brand, and enjoying time with her husband Benji Madden and little girl Raddix Madden, Cameron admitted she felt 'whole' after retiring from acting.

Speaking previously to Gwyneth Paltrow on her Goop YouTube channel (opens in new tab), Cameron revealed part of the motivation why she quit acting. “You’re there for 12 hours a day,” she said back about film sets. 

“For months on end, you have no time for anything else. I realized I handed off parts of my life to all these other people, and they took it.” 

Cameron, who last appeared in 2014's Annie starring as Miss Hannigan, revealed it was partially the prospect of working with Jamie Foxx again that lured her out of retirement.


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“I’ve also made two movies with Jamie Foxx, which is amazing," she continued. "The last movie I made was Annie with Jamie, and so the first movie back is this film with Jamie. He's so great, he’s so easy, he’s so professional, he’s so talented.

"And just being able to work with him, it’ll be so much fun. I’m nervous about that because I have to listen to Jamie, because he will go. He’s like a racehorse. I just want to be able to support him along the way.”

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