50 interesting facts about Cameron Diaz: has ADD, had a nose job done in 2006

Cameron Diaz is a former model turned actress known for her comedic roles and girl-next-door charisma.

  1. Cameron Diaz was born in 1972 in San Diego.

  2. Her mother, Billie (Early), has English, Scots-Irish, and German ancestry, and her father, Emilio Diaz, was from a Cuban family (of Spanish origin). Her mother worked as an import-export agent, and her father was a field gauger for an oil company.

  3. Diaz is proud of her Latin roots and claims she brings that part of her to every role she plays. She admits, however, that her blonde hair and blue eyes tend to make people question her Latin heritage.

  4. Diaz was raised in Long Beach, California, and attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School.

  5. As a child, Cameron Diaz' friends nicknamed her 'Skeletor,' because she was skinny.

  6. As a member of that school's "Polyettes" dance-drill team, Cameron performed during half-time at football games.

  7. Snoop Dogg also went to that high school the same time Diaz was there. The rapper has said, "She ran with my homegirls, all my little cheerleading homegirls" and that "she was fly and she was hip." Meanwhile, Cameron said "he was very tall and skinny. He wore lots of ponytails and I'm pretty sure I bought weed from him" during an interview with George Lopez on 'Lopez Tonight' in January 2011.

  8. She worked as a model for Elite Model Management and appeared in commercials for Nivea, L.A. Gear, and Coca-Cola.

  9. Cameron left home at 16 and for the next 5 years lived in such varied locales as Japan, Australia, Mexico, Morocco, and Paris.

  10. When she was 17 years old, Diaz also appeared on the cover of Seventeen magazine (July, 1990).

  11. After returning to California, Diaz's agency secured her an audition for "The Mask" (1994) -- despite her having no acting experience. After an amazing 12 callbacks, she eventually landed the part. She was 21 at the time.

  12. She is one of the rare actors out there to have been cast in a big movie without previous acting experience. Cameron Diaz started acting lessons after being cast where she was able to build skills upon her existing star talent. The Mask became one of the top ten highest grossing films of 1994.

  13. Her role in The Mask elevated her to the big stage and her career has not stopped since then.

  14. She lived with video producer Carlos De La Torre from 1990 to 1995.

  15. Following her success in The Mask, Cameron spent the next three years taking on roles in independent films.

  16. During her interview on Inside the Actors Studio in 1994, she said that she doesn't read scripts and wishes movies were filmed from start to finish because sometimes she doesn't understand them.

  17. Cameron Diaz marked her return to mainstream films with roles in My Best Friend's Wedding and A Life Less Ordinary, both released in 1997.

  18. She was considered for the role of Dorothy Boyd in Jerry Maguire (1996).

  19. Diaz has received Golden Globe Award nominations for her performances in the movies, Being John Malkovich, Vanilla Sky, Gangs of New York and There's Something About Mary.

  20. She also won the New York Film Critics Best Lead Actress Award for her role as Mary in There's Something About Mary.

  21. Cameron's father Emilio Diaz appeared in her movie There's Something About Mary as a "Jailbird."

  22. Cameron Diaz was set to play Sonya Blade in the 1995 movie 'Mortal Kombat' but broke her wrist while taking karate lessons to prepare for the role and was replaced by Bridgette Wilson.

  23. Cameron Diaz has said that her role in Gangs of New York (2002) marked the pinnacle of her career.

  24. Her name is mentioned in the lyric of Brian Wilson's 1998 song "South America".

  25. Diaz says she loves a good rare piece of steak and greasy french fries as one of her favorite foods to indulge on.

  26. She was the maid of honor, however, at best friend Drew Barrymore's wedding to husband Will Kopelman.

  27. in 2003, photographer John Rutter was ordered to stand trial for attempted extortion, attempted grand theft, perjury, and forgery after trying to blackmail her with topless shots he had of her from a 1992 shoot.

  28. A little unknown fact about Cameron Diaz is that she has has ADD, or attention deficit disorder, which can make many sufferers unable to focus on one task for a prolonged amount of time. She told in January 2011: 'I have no interest in directing movies or producing movies. I like my role in making films. It's the perfect amount of involvement for me. I have ADD. I would never be able to spend two years making a movie or even one year. I would just, I'd be someplace else within a few short moments.'

  29. She loves to play extreme sports, even if it means getting hurt! She broke her nose in a surfing accident in Hawaii in 2003 and has reportedly suffered four broken noses.

  30. Cameron Diaz is a bit of a germophobe. In an interview with Time magazine in 1997, she admits to scrubbing her Hollywood home scrupulously and washes her hands many times. She also uses her elbows to push open doors.

  31. In 2003, she became only the third actress to have earned $20 million for a single role, in the film Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.

  32. Cameron Diaz was reportedly set to play Jane in the 2005 movie 'Fun With Dick and Jane,' which stars Jim Carrey, but bowed out shortly before production due to scheduling conflicts. The role ultimately went to Tea Leoni.

  33. In 2005, she took a break from making films to work to produce and appear in an MTV reality show called Trippin which focused on conservation and ecology. In the show, Cameron travelled across the world with some of her fellow celebrity friends where they explored various natural habitats and discussed best ways to conserve them.

  34. Cameron Diaz underwent a nose job in 2006 for medical reasons after suffering a surfing accident three years earlier.

  35. Cameron Diaz told Parade magazine in May 2010 that she's a romantic and isn't afraid of commitment. 'I commit to everything I'm doing and I am hopelessly loyal,' she said. However, Diaz, who played a bridge in the 1997 movie 'My Best Friend's Wedding,' also told Maxim magazine in a June 2011 interview that marriage is a dying institution. As of June 24, 2011, she is dating New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez.

  36. In 2009, Cameron starred in the five-minute video, 'Cameron Diaz Saves The World!' The video features Cameron and Marie Claire magazine editor Lucy Kaylin driving across the country in her hybrid, asking people where their water comes from. The purpose of the video was to encourage people to think about how they use natural resources and to not waste them in an irresponsible manner.

  37. Diaz dated singer and actor Justin Timberlake for nearly four years, but the couple called it quits in 2007.

  38. The couple reunited in 2011 but not personally, but for professional reasons. They were both cast in Bad Teachers. Diaz told People magazine in April 2011 that it, 'really wasn't a big deal. Justin and I have always had a good laugh together, and to make a movie where we get to have a laugh together - there really was no one else who was more perfect for this part.'

  39. She has also dated actor Matt Dillon, actor and musician Jared Leto, and baseball star Alex Rodriguez.

  40. Cameron Diaz told Maxim magazine in a June 2011 interview that her favorite cartoon was a kid was 'Tom and Jerry,' adding: 'I loved how they beat the (expletive) out of each other.'

  41. Cameron Diaz told the Hollywood Reporter in 2009 that she would love to do a musical but does not sing very well. She sang-off key in the star-studded musical skit 'I'm (Expletive) Ben Affleck' that was featured on the ABC series 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' in 2008 and in the 1997 romantic comedy 'My Best Friend's Wedding.

  42. Cameron Diaz was nominated for a Kids Choice Award for favorite voice for an animated movie for her role as Fiona in 'Shrek Forever After' but was beat by Eddie Murphy.

  43. Cameron Diaz told Maxim magazine in a June 2011 interview that her favorite word is 'sex,' adding: "Just the word is sexy to me. There's something to it."

  44. In that same interview, the movie star confessed to having been caught smoking pot in her car before. 'I've definitely been like, 'Throw it out! Throw it out!'

  45. Named by People Magazine as one of the the "50 Most Beautiful People" in the world.

  46. Cameron was born at born at 2:53 AM (EST).

  47. Cameron Diaz's idol is Oscar winner Helen Mirren. Diaz thinks the British beauty is drop-dead sexy, telling People magazine in July 2010 that Mirren takes care of herself and is 'Not trying to turn back the hands of time' and 'She's a nudist!'

  48. In 2013, Diaz was named the highest paid actress over 40 in Hollywood.

  49. The actress has never been married and said in an interview with Esquire magazine, "it just wasn't the thing I was drawn to."

  50. She is : 5′ 9″ (1.75 m) tall.


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