Actress calls objectification of women “toxic” in Hollywood
Who doesn’t remember the brilliant Cameron Diaz playing Natalie Cook in Charlie’s Angels or Joy McNally in Something About Las Vegas? For more than two decades, Diaz has been one of the most sought-after actresses by major Hollywood directors. However, in recent years her presence has gradually faded until in 2018 she confirmed she was quitting acting to focus on herself. Now, she has reappeared to explain that since then she has gotten rid of her routine and her long hours of work, but also of her concern for her physique.
In some interviews after her retirement, she had already spoken of the “peace” she brought to her life by stepping away from her job, since for many years she was not able to have the experiences she would have liked to live. . Now, in an interview with singer Michelle Visage for her BBC broadcast podcast, titled Rule Breakers, the actress has been candid about her new life away from the cameras, spotlight and red carpets.
The actress took the opportunity to talk about the pressure an actress feels to maintain her physical appearance. “I have been a victim of the objectification and social exploitation that women face,” she explained, “I myself have bought into this ideology many times,” admits Diaz, after having confessed to having seen for a time the world of beauty as the main protagonist of his existence. In fact, she herself wrote a book called The Body Book, which aims to help find a way to take care of your body through nutrition, exercise, and the mind.
The actress, who made her last film appearance in 2014 with the title Annie, today wanted to express how difficult it was for her to get away from the pressure of the beauty canons “Every day, as an actress, I sat in front of the mirror for hours. It ended up being toxic,” she admitted after four years away from her job.
“All of a sudden you start criticizing yourself and you think, ‘Why am I sitting here being so mean to myself? My body is strong. My body is capable. Why am I going to say bad things to him? Why am I going to be like this with him? when did that bring me this far?”, reflects on his 49 years, admitting that now all these thoughts don’t bother him anymore. “I don’t care. Literally, the last thing I think about is my appearance“, she sentenced her under the watchful gaze of Michelle Visage.
“I don’t do anything. I never wash my face. Twice a month, hopefully,” she admitted with a laugh, assuring that she no longer uses the thousands of face products that she has on her shelves. The actress confessed that this is not where she is “investing energy” at the moment, where her priority is her well-being and enjoying life. Despite this, she thinks it’s important to “stay strong” physically.
Since 2015, the actress, who turns 50 in August, has decided to reorganize her priorities and focus on her family. That same year, she married artist Benjamin Madden, and she is the mother of handsome two-year-old Raddix Maden. She wants to keep her out of the spotlight, and in 2020 she assured host Kevin Hart that “people know who I am, but I want her to have some autonomy,” she said. she explains.
The actress raised her voice on an issue present not only in the world of cinema, but in everyday life. She is sure that this new life, far from aesthetic and media pressures, will help her to stay happy, especially with this beautiful family she has formed.