Cameron Diaz opens up about leaving Hollywood and becoming a mom

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One of the world's biggest stars sat down with Gwyneth Paltrow and revealed why she left showbiz.

Cameron Diaz has taken back her time and is revelling in her newfound freedom from Hollywood. She's basking in the glow of motherhood.

In the latest episode for Gwyneth Paltrow’s In Goop Health: The Sessions streamed live on YouTube, Cameron opened up about her life and her decision to take a step back from acting.

“What did it feel like to walk away from a movie career of that magnitude?" Gwyneth asked the Charlie’s Angels star.

“Like peace. A peace in my soul because I was finally taking care of myself," Cameron responded.

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"It’s a strange thing to say, I know a lot of people won’t understand it, I know you understand it, but it was so intense to work at that level and be that public and put yourself out there.

"There’s a lot of energy coming at you at all times when you’re really visible as an actor and doing press and putting yourself out there.”

According to PEOPLE, the Annie actress described her sensitivity to energies that would overwhelm her time to time while in the industry.

“I stopped and really looked at my life," she said.

"When you’re making a movie … they own you. You’re there for 12 hours a day for months on end you have no time for anything else.”

Cameron told the Goop founder she felt she wanted “different things” out of her life after she turned 40.

“I had been going so hard for so long, working, making films, such a grind. I didn't make any space for my personal life,” she confessed.

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She admitted that she needed to leave acting in order to regain self-sufficiency again.

“I really needed to know that I could take care of myself and that I knew how to be an adult and I knew how to navigate the world of the complexity of being an adult and having responsibility and putting all the pieces of my life together the way that I wanted it to be put together, not how other people thought it should go," she said.

"I said, 'How do I want my life to function? Where do I want to go?' And I'm the architect of that.”

The long-time pals also addressed the Bad Teacher star’s aversion to settling down.

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“You used to talk, I’d be like: ‘I’m not having kids,’” Cameron recalled.

 “And you’re like: ‘You are having kids, you’re getting married, you’re having children,’” she remembered, referring to previous conversations between the stars.

“You were just on me all the time. You were like: ‘You have to. You don’t understand. If you don’t do this you will be so sad that you didn’t do it.’

“And so I credit you so much with the fact that you never let up on me.”

Watch the full interview below:

Since leaving the limelight in 2014, Cameron married Benji Madden from Good Charlotte fame in 2015 after a 10-month romance. They welcomed their first child, Raddix, this year.

In a 2018 interview with Entertainment Weekly, the star announced that she was “actually retired.”

Source: YouTube, PEOPLE, USA Today, Daily Mail, Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed

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