Cameron Diaz Talks Return to Acting: ‘I Just Fell Back Into It’

CAMERON DIAZ OPENED up about her return to acting after an eight-year hiatus during an interview on The Tonight Show, where the actress talked about co-starring in the upcoming action-comedy appropriately titled Back in Action. “It’s a little bit of muscle memory, you know what I mean? I did that for so long, it’s kind of like the process — I just fell back into it,” Diaz told Jimmy Fallon. “But it feels a little bit different.”

In late June, it was announced that Diaz would make her long-awaited return to movies in Netflix’s Back in Action alongside Jamie Foxx, who she co-starred with for her last big screen appearance, 2014’s Annie. Prior to Annie, Diaz and Foxx also appeared together on-screen in the 1999 football drama Any Given Sunday, and Foxx lured Diaz out of quasi-retirement with help from perpetually un-retired quarterback Tom Brady.

“I’ve also made two movies with Jamie Foxx, which is amazing. The last movie I made was Annie with Jamie, and so the first movie back is this film with Jamie,” Diaz added. “He’s so great, he’s so easy, he’s so professional, he’s so talented. And just being able to work with him, it’ll be so much fun. I’m nervous about that because I have to listen to Jamie, because he will go. He’s like a racehorse. I just want to be able to support him along the way.”

In 2018, four years after Annie, Diaz officially stated she’d decided to retire from acting. In the years since, Diaz has remained busy, publishing her second book, The Longevity Book, launching her own wine brand, and welcoming her first child with husband Benji Madden of Good Charlotte.

Foxx Says Promise of ‘Fun’ Brought Cameron Diaz Out of Retirement: ‘This Is a Special Moment’

Foxx Says Promise of ‘Fun’ Brought Cameron Diaz Out of Retirement: ‘This Is a Special Moment’

“Cameron is such an incredible force and she has done so much in this business,” Jamie Foxx gushed over his former Any Given Sunday costar.

Jamie Foxx is quite a convincing person!

During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the Oscar-winning actor shared how he persuaded his former Any Given Sunday costar, Cameron Diaz, to come out of retirement.

“Cameron is such an incredible force and she has done so much in this business,” Foxx first gushed over the actress. “We love her.”

Explaining what it took to convince Diaz, 49, to join him in the upcoming Netflix movie, Back in Action, Foxx, 54, said it was simply from a proposal of having a good time.

“So it was literally, ‘Do you wanna have some fun? Just have some fun!’ And I think that’s what brought her to it,” he told the outlet.

“We miss special moments sometimes in our business, and I think this is a special moment,” he continued. “So we’re so happy that it’s happening and looking forward to it.”

Foxx — who enlisted Tom Brady to help share a few tips to un-retire with Diaz — also added, “We had to be very innovative in how we, you know, brought her back.”

Last month, a film source revealed to PEOPLE that her Annie co-star Foxx “pursued” her for the new Netflix action-comedy film.

“When this project came along and she was pursued by Jamie Foxx, who she has known and worked with for years, she decided to go for it,” said the source.

Diaz also recently opened up about her return to acting after an eight-year hiatus in an interview with CBS Saturday Morning. The star told co-host Dana Jacobson that she missed her craft during her time away.

Cameron Diaz Was ‘Encouraged’ to ‘Unretire’ by Husband Benji Madden: She’s ‘Excited’ (Source)

Cameron Diaz Was ‘Encouraged’ to ‘Unretire’ by Husband Benji Madden: She’s ‘Excited’ (Source)

A family source tells PEOPLE that Cameron Diaz is “nervous” but “mostly excited” about making her return to acting in Back in Action opposite Jamie Foxx

Benji Madden is wife Cameron Diaz’s biggest cheerleader.

Days after it was announced that Diaz, 49, will be making her return to acting in a new Netflix film titled Back in Action alongside Jamie Foxx, a family source tells PEOPLE that Madden, 43, “is very excited for her.”

“He encouraged her to unretire,” the insider continues.

According to the source, the action-comedy is “the perfect movie project for” Diaz to make her return with, as “she worked with Jamie in the past and had a blast.”

“She feels a bit rusty and nervous about it, but mostly excited,” the insider adds. “She is ready to tackle this movie project.”

In audio from a phone conversation shared Wednesday by Foxx, 54, Diaz can be heard telling him, “I feel excited but I don’t know how to do this, you know?” before he responds, “I got somebody on the other line that can help you with this.”

Tom Brady soon joins the call, telling Diaz that Foxx told him she could use “a few tips on how to un-retire.” (Brady, 44, famously returned to the NFL in March, after first announcing his departure only the previous month.)

“I’m relatively successful at un-retiring,” Brady quipped.

Diaz also shared the audio clip to her Instagram Story, writing, “@iamjamiefoxx only you could get me back in action! I can’t frickin wait it’s gonna be a blast!”

Diaz — who married Madden in 2015 and has a 2-year-old daughter, Raddix, with the Good Charlotte rocker — previously stepped away from acting following her performance as Miss Hannigan in 2014’s Annie, in which she co-starred alongside Fox.

The actress heaped praise upon her musician husband during a March appearance on the Michelle Visage’s Rule Breakers podcast, saying, “He’s really taught me to value myself a lot more.”

Diaz went on to say she wasn’t expecting to feel that way initially, because she “was receiving so much validation elsewhere and in all these other ways” before her relationship with Madden.

“With our marriage, I learned how to really go all in. You know what I mean? … Nothing else comes before this,” she added. “It’s not hard to do, because it’s the most valuable thing I have.”

For Madden and Diaz, “We know that, no matter what, we can just go and be just a family anywhere, and we’re fine,” she explained. “We don’t need any of the things that we have, other than each other.”

Cameron ‘Un-Retires’ to star in Netflix film “Back In Action” with Jamie Foxx

Cameron ‘Un-Retires’ to star in Netflix film “Back In Action” with Jamie Foxx

Cameron Diaz (Charlie’s Angels) is coming out of retirement for a Netflix film titled Back in Action, in which she’ll star opposite Jamie Foxx (Day Shift).

The storyline for the action-comedy is being kept under wraps, but Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) is directing from a scriupt he wrote with Brendan O’Brien’s (Neighbors). Beau Bauman (Central Intelligence) is producing for Good One Productions alongside Gordon for Exhibit A, with Foxx, Datari Turner, O’Brien and Mark McNair exec producing.

Foxx teased the new project this morning on Twitter via an audio clip of a phone conversation with Diaz, who confesses that she’s “so excited” yet “anxious” about getting back into acting. Says Diaz, “I don’t know how to do this, you know?”

Subsequently brought onto the line to offer her “a few tips on how to un-retire” is Tom Brady — the NFL icon Foxx refers to as “the GOAT,” who announced his retirement after 22 seasons in February, backtracking on that decision a little over a month later.

“Cameron I hope you aren’t mad I recorded this, but no turning back now. Had to call in the GOAT to bring back another GOAT,” Foxx captioned the post. “@CameronDiaz and I are BACK IN ACTION – our new movie with @NetflixFilm. Production starting later this year!!”

Diaz officially confirmed her retirement from acting in 2018, having last appeared on the feature side in Will Gluck’s adaptation of the musical Annie for Sony. The beloved four-time Golden Globe nominee is best known for her turns in such films as Bad TeacherKnight and Day, the Shrek and Charlie’s Angels franchises, My Sister’s KeeperWhat Happens in VegasThe HolidayGangs of New YorkVanilla SkyAny Given SundayBeing John Malkovich and There’s Something About Mary, among many others. Whether she’ll be back to acting consistently on the heels of Back in Action is not yet clear.

Foxx won an Oscar in 2005 for Ray, landing a second nom the same year for Collateral. The decorated actor was recently seen in Spider-Man: No Way Home and will next appear in films including J.J. Perry’s fantasy pic Day Shift, Juel Taylor’s They Cloned Tyrone, Josh Greenbaum’s Strays, Maggie Betts’ The Burial, Nick Cassavetes’ God Is a Bullet, the comedy All-Star Weekend which he’s directing, and Brad Furman’s action pic Tin Soldier, among other projects.

Despite Brady’s involvement in Foxx’s Twitter announcement, he’s not officially a part of Back in Action. Listen to the clip featuring Foxx, Diaz and Brady below.

Diaz is repped by LBI Entertainment and Jackoway Austen Tyerman; Foxx by CAA, LBI and Johnson, Shapiro, Slewett & Kole; Gordon by Brillstein Entertainment Partners, WME and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern; and O’Brien by 3 Arts Entertainment, UTA and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller.

Cameron to Guest Judge on ‘RuPaul Drag Race: All Star’

Cameron to Guest Judge on ‘RuPaul Drag Race: All Star’

Paramount+ has ru-vealed more than just the trailer for the latest RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, unveiling that Cameron Diaz, Nancy Pelosi, Naomi Campbell and Ronan Farrow will be among the buzzy names set to appear in season 7.

During the Drag Race Season 14 Grand Finale on Friday, Paramount+ shared a teaser for the upcoming All Stars season, which will feature an all-winners lineup of contestants. Diaz and Farrow will serve as guest judges during the season alongside Daphne Guinness, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Nikki Glaser, Tove Lo, Betsey Johnson, Janicza Bravo, Ben Platt, Ronan Farrow and Hannah Einbinder.

United States House Speaker Pelosi and fashion icon Campbell will make special guest appearances throughout the season, as will Wheel of Fortune’s Vanna White.

For RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 7, former winners compete for the title of “Queen of All Queen”s and a cash prize of $200,000.  All Stars will begin streaming on Paramount+ on May 20.As previously announced, the eight former winners returning to compete include Jaida Essence Hall, Jinkx Monsoon, Monét X Change, Raja, Shea Couleé, Trinity The Tuck, The Vivienne, and Yvie Oddly.

Watch the teaser above.

Diaz Thinks She ‘Made the Right Choice’ Stepping Away From Acting: Inside Life at Home With Benji Madden

Diaz Thinks She ‘Made the Right Choice’ Stepping Away From Acting: Inside Life at Home With Benji Madden

Loving the low-key life. Cameron Diaz “was already set on” stepping away from the spotlight, but the transition has been seamless with the help of husband Benji Madden.

“He definitely supported and helped her with the prices,” a source exclusively reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly, noting that the Good Charlotte performer, 43, “had her back” and “agreed” with the actress’ decision. “[It was] something that was clearly vital for Cameron’s soul.”

The Golden Globe nominee, 49, referred to herself as being “semi-retired” in March 2018 and has since been candid about her choice to take a break from the Hollywood scene. “I just looked around and there were so many parts of my life that I wasn’t touching and that I wasn’t managing, and I couldn’t really manage, because everything was so massive,” she recalled during an August 2021 appearance onHart to Heart.

Despite her acting sabbatical, the Sweetest Thing star “still stays really busy,” per the source. Diaz and Madden “live a great life” and have their “hands full” with daughter Raddix, who they welcomed in 2019. “It’s been a really fun journey doing something she loves and building up her brand,” the insider says, adding that Diaz has been hard at work on her Avaline wine business and other ventures. “Plus, she and Benji make time for date nights and trips away as often as they can.”

The couple, who wed in 2015, also “spend a ton of time” with Benji’s twin brother, Joel Madden, and his wife, Nicole Richie. “[They’re] over at the house all the time,” the source tells Us.

Diaz is “so happy and grateful” to soak up her downtime at home, which often includes cooking, gardening, decorating and other housework, the insider reveals. “[She] tries not to rely on nannies all that much. … There’s not a day that goes by that she doesn’t thank her lucky stars for being in this position.”

While she enjoys her time away from the cameras, the Holiday actress has continually gushed over Benji’s support. During a recent interview on “Michelle Visage’s Rule Breakers” podcast, the California native opened up about the lessons she’s learned from the rock star.

“He’s really taught me to value myself a lot more,” she said on the March 8 episode. “I didn’t [expect it] because I think that I was receiving so much validation elsewhere and in all these other ways. With our marriage, I learned how to really go all in. You know what I mean? Like, completely — nothing else comes before this.”

Diaz called her relationship “the most valuable thing I have,” adding, “We know that no matter what we can just go and be just a family anywhere and we’re fine. We don’t need any of the things that we have, other than each other.”

The couple are “fortunate and blessed” — and happier than ever — the source tells Us. “She made the right choice to put work-life balance first instead of chasing stardom and filming movies all over the country.”

For more on Diaz’s motherhood journey, watch the video above and pick up the latest issue of Us Weekly, on newsstands now.

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