In the June 2009 issue of Vogue, Cameron Diaz talks about everything from her new movie, My Sister’s Keeper, to aging to her father’s death.
- On her latest movie, My Sister’s Keeper: “It’s about falling in love. It’s about all different kinds of love. Parents falling in love with their children. Children falling in love with their parents. Falling in love for the first time. Falling in love with being a teenager. All of the things that you fall in love with, that our hearts give way to over a lifetime, and then the heartbreaks when those things get taken away.”
- On her role in My Sister’s Keeper: “This is a woman who does not waver…That’s not something you want to accept about anybody you love – particularly if you are mother…That’s what I held on to as I was telling her story. You are a parent. You fight to keep your child alive, no matter what it takes.”
- On the roles she chooses: “People who put labels on themselves limit themselves. If you are a woman who’s been labeled as a sex symbol, for instance — I mean, I am not saying that’s the label people would apply to me. But if you see yourself that way, inevitably you get to a point when you are no longer a sex symbol. And if you can’t move past that, you’re putting a limit on yourself; you’re arresting your development. And that’s where I think a lot of women get in trouble.”
- On being relaxed about her movie career: “It’s been fifteen years now, and I really feel like I’m just understanding it. You know, the toolbox is just taking shape. And I like that because, if you are lucky, life’s a long journey, and I love the learning process. There are so many movies that I still want to make, so many different kinds.”
- On loving the Big Apple: “It’s the best thing ever! New York is the best city in the world, no doubt about it. No other city possesses what New York possesses.”
- On the death of her dad: “I think… emotionally, it definitely took its toll..It’s the human experience…You know, that’s what the heart does. Things are given to us, and things are taken away. And I think the heart becomes stronger, more capable.”
- On aging: “It’s a journey. It’s a total journey. But it’s also true. I mean, I’m not 25 years old anymore, nor do I want to be. I wouldn’t even want to go back to being 30. You know what I mean? That journey—I’ve done it already. I don’t want to do it again. It’s a lot of work to get through it, and I am excited about moving forward. I think that people get caught up in getting back to some place that they already passed. Or to a place where you cannot stay.”