Cameron Diaz The Holiday Interview

Cameron Diaz The Holiday Interview


Interview by Paul Fischer in Los Angeles.

Usually ferociously guarded, Cameron Diaz has learned to relax in front of the press. Arriving with minimum make up, her blonde hair now dark brown and tied in a simple bob, Diaz was in a cheerful mood and surprisingly talkative about a range of subjects, from the art of romantic comedies to the environment. Her latest film is The Holiday, a holiday romantic comedy in which she gets to snuggle up to Jude Law, as she plays an American tired of love, who escapes to a small English town, house swapping with the equally morose Kate Winslet. Diaz spoke to PAUL FISCHER in Los Angeles.

Paul Fischer: You seem so comfortable with this genre. Why is that?

Cameron Diaz: Ive tried to think of other romantic comedies that Ive done. Theyre all so different. Yes, I guess there is an idea of a romantic comedy, but my brain always thought of romantic comedy being like Meg Ryan or Tom Hanks. You know those kinds of romantic comedies. What I loved about this one and why I was so comfortable doing it was because of Nancy Myers. I felt like her vision of what it was, was so clear and when something is clear like that and when something is right there for you and you have such great partners like Jude and Nancy to make the movie with, its all about chemistry. Its all about making the right movie with the right people.

Paul Fischer: Is this movie identifiable for you?

Cameron Diaz: Yeah, I think that was another thing that I loved about it so much was that its highly relatable to everyone. I mean I can relate to Iris and I can relate to Amanda. I think that weve all been through these relationships before. Judging by the age in this room weve had relationships before. Thats life. Its the journey of love. This lifetime is to try to figure out how to make love work and nurture relationships. Theres definitely something that I think everybody can see a bit themselves, maybe not the exact same experience, but certainly the human aspect of it.

Paul Fischer: In the film, Amanda is smart so does that automatically mean shes going to have trouble with romance?

Cameron Diaz: I think everybody has problems in romance. Who doesnt? The great thing about romantic comedies I think or just love is that its imperfect. People spend a lot of time on it. What would we do if relationships were perfect? What would we do with our time? People spend their time trying to figure out whether its going to a movie to be entertained by it or have a catharsizes, learn something from it like theres a certain level of energy and attention that we give to that so I think in these movies the women are smart because its more fun to watch a smart woman than a not very smart woman. I think most people want to go and see something that they consider themselves smart and they want to go watch somebody that they can relate to. I left it up to somebody like Nancy Myers to write somebody smart and I just act it. It doesnt mean anything. Its just an act.

Paul Fischer: What was it like doing the love scenes with Jude Law while youre in a personal relationship?

Cameron Diaz: Well its a funny thing we do. Its a weird job. Im not going to say that its not. You guys have all been around it long enough. Youve asked these questions every time Im sure to other actors. As actors we commit ourselves to certain emotions for the movie and for the sake of telling the story. Thats what we do. Were storytellers. Im sure as you ask every other actor, theyll all tell you its uncomfortable first off to think about having to be intimate with somebody who isnt the person that youre intimate with. But, youre acting and its your job and theres certainly a level of professional that is essential to do that kind of work. Youre in a room with 50 people and the camera is right here. Its about making people believe its something, but its never that. For some people, Im sure its happened, but its just not that for me anyhow. Were acting. Jude Law is a wonderful partner in these things. Kate and I talk about it and she says, the level of professional with him, its just not weird. Hes totally respectful. Hes a very nice professional guy. Hes the perfect person to do something like this with.

Paul Fischer: This holiday what gift are you hoping to get?

Cameron Diaz: I dont want any gifts. I really dont. Maybe a coffee maker. I took up coffee again after 15 years and I kind of like it. I like a cup a day.

Paul Fischer: What would you give people?

Cameron Diaz: A backhand. Just kidding. From me to you, here. This year a lot of my friends have been sponsoring a family so weve all kind of said hey Im sponsoring a family if you want to give me something for Christmas, give me some money for this. So everybody has just sort of passing cash off to each other going give it to the family. You just get to the point and I think most of us are way past the point of needing anything else materialistically. Anything I get, I hope is useful that I can have for a long time. I told my family dont get me anything.

Paul Fischer: Are you going away for the holidays?

Cameron Diaz: No, Ill just be here while everybody else goes away, which is awesome. Its my favorite time of the year.

Paul Fischer: Have you ever gone away by yourself like your character and did you enjoy it or was it lonely?

Cameron Diaz: I love being alone. I love it. I just love being by myself. Im good at it. But, not in weird way. Not like leave me alone. Im very comfortable by myself.

Paul Fischer: Do you think this is a movie for guys as well?

Cameron Diaz: I think so what do you think?

Paul Fischer: Well Im romantic so I think so.

Cameron Diaz: Yeah well Im glad to hear that because I feel that way too. Like I said, its a relatable story. Jude and Jack are not the dudes in this film. They are going through their own issues. They need to reconcile things for themselves and get to understand themselves in a certain way and know what they want and go after it. Theres a moment where you have to be with them as well and they make the decision of what they dont want. I think that guys will definitely relate to it.

Paul Fischer: What role do you think the entertainment industry plays in getting important messages out like what happening with our environment? Do you think this is a way to get through to people?

Cameron Diaz: I think as weve seen sort of the trend of celebrities being the main thing that draws attention to anything these days, I think that definitely celebrities are something that can bring peoples attention to it and it has. I also think when you watch movies like 'An Inconvenient Truth' which is really geared towards an educational aspect through sort of documentary style. Its not 'Happy Feet.' Its not the underlying message going to entertain and learn as well. 'March of the Penguins' where you get so much information. I actually just saw 'March of the Penguins' for the first time and I dont know why it took me so long to see it. But, I was amazed that it was really a story about the filmmakers as much as it was about the penguins. Then it was about the environment at the same time it was about two stories as well. People go to the movies. Look at how much time we devote to two films. Its got to make some sort of difference, Im sure.

Paul Fischer: Hows Shrek 3 coming along?

Cameron Diaz: Its going. Its working. Its happening. Its about to land in your guys laps Im sure. I think that certain characters they have down like “Shrek” and Fiona. Every time I think they really strive to make a good statement. A solid, informed, good statement thats uplifting and I think the characters are all really rounded in this film.

Paul Fischer: What role are you dying to play?

Cameron Diaz: Im sure there are a lot of really great roles out there, Im really bad at commitment. I hate committing myself to anything. So Im really bad at saying yeah Im going to be there in three months and Im going to show up and going to stay for three months. Its really hard for me. It has to be something that Im really sure that Im going to be able to get there, be there and be happy that I am there.

Paul Fischer: Where does that lack of commitment come from?

Cameron Diaz: Its probably the lack of discipline honestly. Its probably being a spoiled brat and getting my way every time. Im sure thats probably what it is. Its a way of life. You know I just dont want to do it. Im sure Ill suffer for it later, but Im happy right now.

Paul Fischer: Did you ever get used to driving on the wrong side of the road in the film?

Cameron Diaz: The great thing about that was the streets were shut down, blocked off. Nobody could get on the street that didnt know I was behind the wheel of the car. Everybody could look over their shoulder and make sure that nothing was happening. But, its crazy. Driving on the wrong side of the road, on the wrong side of the car both things. Shes like, I can do this, I can do this. Like really I can do it, I can do it. I can barely walk properly in England. Its crazy because you step off the curb and it says look right. Every time it says to look right, but you always only see that when you look left first.

Paul Fischer: This is a story of a vacation that goes wonderfully right. Have you had any bad vacation experiences?

Cameron Diaz: No, knock on wood. I havent had any catastrophes. Its one of those things if anything goes wrong, you make it work another way. It may not have worked out the way you thought it was going to work out, but it works out the way its supposed to so you just go with that.

Paul Fischer: Would you exchange houses the way your character does?

Cameron Diaz: No, no, no, no. Dont want anybody in my house. I mean friends of course, but not a total stranger, no. But, Ive stayed in total strangers homes. Ive rented total strangers homes and Im very serious about leaving it exactly the way I found it. Be very respectful of that. But, Im always afraid that somebody wouldnt be as respectful to my house as I am to theirs. I dont take the chance.

Paul Fischer: Are you going to be taking any time off?

Cameron Diaz: Im sure I should probably work some time soon.

Paul Fischer: So youre looking to do something?

Cameron Diaz: Eventually when I find it. Not anything too soon. At the very least, Im going to get through all of the 'Shrek' stuff first.

Paul Fischer: So you are taking time off?

Cameron Diaz: Ive got a long list of procrastinations that I need to catch up with.

Paul Fischer: Where are you now musically? I know you come from a musical background.

Cameron Diaz: Music has always been a big part of my life. My dad loves music like always music playing in our house no matter what. If the television was on, there was music still. Music is a huge part of my life and Im all over the place. I love everything. I appreciate all kinds of music. I even appreciate gospel or country.

Paul Fischer: Do you two talk about different music?

Cameron Diaz: I think that you rely on all of your friends to bring in different influences definitely. I talk about music with everyone, total strangers.

Paul Fischer: How would you look at 2006 for you?

Cameron Diaz: Well I was doing this movie most of 2006. This was like the first six months of the year. It was really fun. I had a great time. 2006 wasnt too bad. Its been really hot. I would really like to have a little bit of a temperature drop here in LA. I like my 10 degree difference in weather for our season. It would be nice.

Paul Fischer: Are you ready for kids to come back and see you as Fiona?

Cameron Diaz: Yeah. I love that people enjoy those films. Its wonderful. Im just thankful for someone like Jeffery Katzenberg who has this spirit and the drive to bring those movies forward and dedicate themselves to all of the people who work on it to bring it forward and bring it into the world. I think its amazing.

Paul Fischer: Youve been public about your political views so how you do feel about the results and the recent election?

Cameron Diaz: Its great. Its exciting. So exciting. Change is great. I think its important to change especially when somethings not working. You gotta take a chance dont you and I think its great that we all have campaigned. Everyone has certainly on the last presidential election, the message of how every vote counts and how important it is to vote you know everybody sort of really hammered that out there and it didnt feel like there was much of a change. People went out and voted and there was quite confusion as to what all of it meant. I think that by this election such a drastic change in peoples choices from the last time is I think that goes to show it sort of secures that idea of we do have the power to change things. We can make a difference and our voices can be heard and people are speaking out right now so its good.

Paul Fischer: So youre optimistic?

Cameron Diaz: Im a complete pessimist. Its not if the end of the world is coming, its when.

Paul Fischer: Your character in The Holiday has to decide if she wants a ready made family with Jude Laws character. Are kids something you see in your future?

Cameron Diaz: I thought this was about my character. I think everyone wants at some point to have that responsibility and be involved in that, but not at the moment.

Paul Fischer: It goes back to your fear of commitment.

Cameron Diaz: Exactly. The commitment. I dont even want a dog. I dont. My cat just died. I dont even want a cat. Oh great I just opened a freaking can of worms. Here we go.

Paul Fischer: Are you dealing better now with being a celebrity?

Cameron Diaz: The last couple of years were hell. I cant even tell you. It was so hard. It was really difficult. I didnt know how to handle it and Im sure as everyone can agree its changed and it was really difficult to deal with it, but I think Im in a much better place now. Much better.

Paul Fischer: You seem more comfortable.

Cameron Diaz: Probably because I just stepped away for a second and took a breath.

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