Cameron Diaz seems to really be enjoying her retirement from acting. And while I’m obviously very happy for her, it is sad to know we will never get another Nancy Meyers collab. (RIP, The Holiday 2.) On Michelle Visage’s Rule Breakers, a BBC podcast, in an episode released this week, Diaz opened up about her decision to leave acting behind. (Diaz’s last feature-film credit is 2014’s Annie remake, in which she played Miss Hannigan. What a way to go out, by the way.) 

On the podcast, Diaz, whose current project is the wine brand Avaline Wine, said that retiring from acting has freed her from the burden of constantly worrying about her looks. “I am absolutely a victim to all of the societal objectification and exploitations that women are subjected to,” Diaz says. “I have bought into all of them myself at certain times.”

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Diaz, who was a model before she started her acting career in 1994’s The Mask opposite Jim Carrey, adds that it was a challenge not to compare herself to her peers. 

“It’s hard not to look at yourself and judge yourself against other markers of beauty, and I think that that’s one of the biggest things,” she says. “The last eight years, girl — I’m, like, wild. I’m like a wild animal, like a beast! You just start to pick yourself apart, you know. And you’re like, ‘Why I am sitting here, like, being so mean to myself? My body’s strong, my body’s capable. Why am I going to talk down to it? Why am I going to be mean to it when it’s, like, carried me this far?'”

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