About Cameron Diaz - Cameron Diaz is the most luminescent newcomer to silver screen
in the 1990's. At age 21 and only with her modeling experience
under the hood, Diaz landed a potentially sky-rocketing role opposite
rising superstar comedian Jim Carrey in The Mask. With her foot
well in the door of Hollywood films, she was next afforded the
chance to kick Hollywood ass in the feature film version of Mortal
Kombat. For this role, Diaz would require martial arts training.
But luck would send Diaz down a different road after she injured
her wrist karate-chopping her trainer's head. Diaz instead returned
to some high-paying modeling jobs and found smaller, low-paying
roles in independent films. Cameron states, "I think that
definitely your chances of coming across material in independent
films--material that is more interesting and more challenging--is
more likely than in big-studio films. You always have to leave
your doors open to independent films so you have that opportunity."
Her patience and discipline in her acting career shows how Cameron
had matured through her modeling career. Diaz was sixteen at the
time, and she happened to be at the right place at the right time...
at a Hollywood party!
Cameron Diaz poses for a photo session
There she hooked up with a photographer
who, within a week, helped her land a modeling contract with the
Elite Modeling Agency. She talked her father (a Cuban-American
foreman) and her mother (a German, Native American, and English
broker) into letting her expand her career in Japan, accompanied
only by another fifteen-year-old fellow model. Her parents were
rather easy-going, taking their head-banging party-going kid everywhere.
"I was a tough kid with the jeans, the concert shirt with
the flannel over it, the comb in the back pocket and the feathered
hair." Her mother even accompanied her to first Van Halen
concert. So in the end, Cameron was off to Japan. Diaz advises,
"Believe me, you can get into a lot of trouble being sixteen
years old in a foreign country with no adult telling you when
to come home." So the next five years were spent traveling
from continent to continent, country to country. "Australia,
Morocco, Paris, Mexico, here, there, everywhere," before
settling in her Hollywood apartment with Carlos de La Torre, a
video producer and her companion for five years. Posing for Mademoiselle
and Seventeen and appearing in ads for Calvin Klein, Levi's, and
Coca Cola is no small accomplishment for a 21-year-old woman.
Cameron Diaz at the movie premier for 'The Holiday'
Just barely a woman, Cameron felt modeling angst. There was more
to her life, and she knew it. As a suggestion from her agent,
Diaz tried going down the well-traveled road of modeling to acting.
Who would believe after twelve auditions, this fresh actress--born
from modeling--would land a small role in Jim Carrey's film, The
Mask? Cameron wanted in, and she had the perfect opportunity.
"Anything the filmmakers wanted, I would do. But it got to
the point where I said, 'You know what? I'm not doing it anymore.
I'm not gonna go practice with the choreographer so that he knows
the steps he's gonna teach the real girl who gets the job.'"
Director Charles Russell caught wind of Cameron's feelings and
went to the producers at New Line Cinema, and convinced them to
award her the female lead. At the time, Cameron didn't fully understand
the scope of what she was getting into. "This is kind of
a big film, isn't it?" Diaz asked a month into production.
Yes, it was!
She got ulcer. Cameron then realized the heavy weight
on her shoulders, the responsibility for the success of the film.
The studios weren't too confident or keen in hiring Cameron after
the ulcer during Mask production and her injury during Kombat
pre-production. So Diaz trotted down the road of independent films,
scoring several roles. She played a character named Jude in The
Last Supper (1995), directed by Stacy Title. "I did the Last
Supper simply to get the opportunity to work with other actors.
I never had any other experience acting other than The Mask."
It was during this year (1995) that Cameron ended her longstanding,
5-year relationship with Carlos de La Torre. In Feeling Minnesota
(1996), she runs off with her brother-in-law (Keanu Reeves). In
She's the One (1996), Cameron sleeps with bros. Ed Burns and Mike
McGlone. Strangely, many of Cameron's acting roles involved playing
vulnerable females, often tied-up; Cameron also displays her well-shaped
body in these movies with swimsuits and several swimming scenes.
As the wife of a prominent judge (Harvey Keitel) more than twice
her age, she finds herself in a terrible mess after discovering
a dead body in Head Above Water (1996).
That same year, Cameron
was named the N.A.T.O./ShowWest Female Star of Tomorrow by the
National Association of Theater Owners. She now had several films
under her belt, award recognition, and a small following of fans.
Returning to the big-studio films, Cameron's task was to star
side-by-side with Hollywood cutie Julia Roberts who was also making
somewhat of a return in My Best Friend's Wedding. The summer romantic
comedy scored well among critics, not to mention Cameron's performance
aside Julia. Cameron then went on to A Live Less Ordinary by Danny
Boyle with kidnapper Ewan McGregor. Cameron recently starred in
the Faralley brothers' There's Something About Mary with her ex-beau
and costar Matt Dillon. This box-office smash earned Cameron her
biggest Hollywood boost yet. She followed her comedy shasher with
an independent film Very Bad Things (1998) as Laura Garrety. Cameron
Diaz's upcoming films include Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
as a blonde TV reporter, and On Any given Sunday (1999).