Cameron Diaz may be a Hollywood star for her numerous fans the world over, but underneath her glam avatar is a girl who like everyone else,
holds her family closer to heart than anything else.
In an exclusive with BT, the actress — who ditched her sexy image to play a mum in My Sister’s Keeper — talks about things that matter the most and what draws her to Bollywood
Your role in My Sister’s Keeper… you played a mom of teenagers… ditching your sexy image?
I play Sara Fitzgerald, a mum of three, of which the elder daughter Kate (Sofia Vassilieva) is battling with cancer and for her survival, she totally depends on her youngest sister Anna (Abigail Breslin). It didn’t faze me. I didn’t think about it in terms of what it meant to my career or my image. I only thought of what it meant to the story.
What was it like to play a mother… not being a mother yourself?
That’s all we can do as actors — do the best that we can. I’m not a parent, but I know what it is to love very deeply, something that I wouldn’t want to have taken away from me. I don’t know what it’s like to have a child who’s dying. All I know is that every parent that I’ve spoken to says the same thing: You do whatever it takes to save your child, period. You jump off a cliff. You step in front of a train. So that made it so much easier for me.
What are you grateful for in life and what makes you happy?
I think the most important thing that I’ve found in my life is my family and friends. That’s your wealth in life. They are the people that you get to love and who love you back. Some come and some leave quickly and some stay for a really long time. And all of those experiences are the wealth of your soul. And those are the things that I’m most grateful for.
How do you maintain that sexy figure?
I just try to take care of myself as best I can with what my schedule allows. It’s not about what I want my body to look like necessarily, it’s more about being strong and staying healthy and staying vital and capable with my energy. And a lot of that is cardio. Cardio is very important because your heart is your most valuable muscle and then also questioning where your food and water and air comes from.
You have a huge fan following here in India. Any message for them?
Thank you for that, it’s really over-whelming. I would just like to say thanks for your support India and hope you continue to enjoy my films.
There’s a diminishing gap between Bollywood and Hollywood…
Yes of course … Bollywood is a huge thing in Hollywood these days (laughs).
Would you consider an offer in Bollywood?
One of the things I love about Bollywood movies is the dancing and I would love the opportunity to learn one Bollywood dance for sure … It will be amazing.
How about a visit to India?
Yeah… I would love to plan a trip to India. Go see the Taj and all the beautiful palaces in Jaipur.