Cameron Diaz: Life begins at 40


Cameron Diaz ditched fear in her 30s. The actress has enjoyed a great deal of career success, appearing in films including classic comedy There's Something About Mary and the Charlie's Angels franchise. It might seem like the 42-year-old has always oozed confidence, but she insists it didn't come naturally to her, revealing her 20s were fraught with worries about missing out, not doing the right thing and worst-case scenarios.

'You have a confidence in the things that you know. You're not just practising it anymore'

"In my 30s, I got over that. I accepted that I can't control anything," she smiled to the UK edition of Marie Claire.

"I tell my girlfriends who are younger than me that life doesn't begin until you are 40. I know who I am, I know how to build a life that is more full and vibrant. You have a confidence in the things that you know. You're not just practising it anymore."

Selfies have become all the rage in the celebrity world and fans love posting pictures of themselves with their favourite stars. While Cameron will always stop and chat, she won't be found posing for a snap.

"That is a moment that is empty," she shrugged. "I prefer to talk to people. I like to have an actual human moment when I say, 'What's your name, so nice to meet you, thank you so much for saying hello to me.'

"I will always stop to say hello to a person who wants to say hello to me. No matter what. There's never a time when I ignore somebody."

It's not just her movies that have the media in a spin - there has always been a focus on Cameron's love life, too. She's currently dating rocker Benji Madden and gossip is swirling they are set to wed. And while she's happy with her beau, she doesn't feel the pressure to start a family.

"We live in a society where everyone has kids, so they want other people to have kids," she sighed. "There is this culture that says celebrities are supposed to be just like us, so people think, 'I have children, why doesn't she?' But I'm not going to do something because it's expected.

"If family happens, then it happens. If children come to me, then I would do that, but I'm not someone who feels she has to do something because it's expected."

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