Cameron Diaz on 42: ‘I love being this age. So much just falls away. Fear, mostly’

Cameron Diaz

These are photos of Cameron Diaz at the NYC premiere of Annie. Cameron’s wearing a Dior dress and boots. The whole outfit is so matchy matchy. Dior’s trying to go structural lately, but this is better than many of Cameron’s other red carpet choices. I think I owned those boots in high school and paired them with slouchy socks (such a baller).

Annie comes out on the 19th in the US, and it will make way too much money because of the holiday crowd. Then Hollywood will feel overly optimistic about remakes, and then we’ll receive some weird sequel. Cameron plays the 2014 version of Miss Hannigan, so she sings in this film. DListed posted a video that I couldn’t watch past the 30 second mark. Feel free to torture yourself because its NSFL (not safe for life). Cameron has a new interview with the Express. Once again, a journo asked her if she wants kids. Her answer is still “no.” One day, Cameron’s gonna haul off and whip out her bitch with a lecture. I can’t wait for that day, but she’s playing nice for now:

She’s grateful: “Every single day. I remind myself that this is a great job and I’m very lucky.”

Her singing in the movie: “Even though I was terrified of singing, I just had to do it. On Annie, I cried uncontrollably. Everybody was so supportive because I was so pathetic. But we laughed a lot too, because the only way to get through scary things is to have a sense of humour about them. I did a lot of training to help me find a voice that was presentable.”

On passing age 40: “This is the best time of my life. I love being this age. Are you kidding? So much just falls away. Fear, mostly. It’s the best age. You just stop being afraid and you don’t worry about what men think.”

On dudes: “I think guys are amazing. I love the differences between men and women. I think they’re wonderful and keep things interesting. We can’t walk in each other’s shoes. We don’t know what it’s really like, but we certainly can make an effort to know each other a little bit better.”

Her turn-ons: “Rudeness. I don’t have any patience with that. Oh, and too much cologne. But, basically, I love a sense of humour because that’s what tells you how smart a man is.”

She doesn’t want kids: “If that happens, then it happens. But I have a lot of girlfriends who don’t have children, so it’s not like I’m the spinster of the group. I like protecting people but I was never drawn to being a mom.”

Her parents: “I miss my pop but he is with me all the time. Everything I know comes from him and my mom. My dad encouraged us to do anything we wanted. I had amazing parents. We weren’t privileged — very much the opposite — but I grew up in the generation that still played outside, not like kids today. We were always riding our bikes, roller-skating or playing football in the street.”

On cosmetic procedures: “I’m not going to say that I haven’t tried those things because everybody has. My girlfriends have. Things like Botox and fillers, they’re part of figuring things out, knowing yourself and going, ‘Oh right, this doesn’t work for me.’ But I love my laugh lines — I guess they mean I’ve been smiling my whole life.”

[The Express]

It’s strange how Cameron lost the “fear” after turning 40, and then her nice guy showed up. Funny how that works. My guess is that Benji and Cam will be together for a few years. He’ll propose and want kids, and Cameron will dump him. Then she’ll go back to dating douches. Cameron’s a little boring right now, but that’s okay. I appreciate her words on aging and the admission of Botox. She’s definitely lightened up on the ‘Tox. She was looking pretty waxy back in 2012, around the same time she probably got bolt-ons.

Here are some more premire pics. Rose Byrne is wearing Mary Katrantzou. Quvenzhane Wallis look so cute. I don’t have an ID on her cress, but those shoes are Chucks. Jamie Foxx looked fiiiine, but I still won’t watch this movie.

Jamie Foxx

Rose Byrne

Quvenzhane Wallis

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet & WENN

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  1. Erinn says:

    I’ve never been a Cameron lover. I question just how much she loves the 40’s, given all she’s done to her face. Though, I suppose that could be a preemptive strike against aging before she accepted it. During Bad Teacher or whatever it was called, I was just so distracted by whatever she was doing to her face. I hope she’s done with the work…or gets ‘better’ or more minor things done if she isn’t done with it.

  2. Lindy79 says:

    Has anyone seen the version of Little Girls from Annie that was posted last week.

    Good, sweet, baby Jebus!!!

    • cr says:

      Yes, she linked to the Dlisted post on it. I’m thankful she didn’t embed it.
      The trailers for this have looked awful. I’m presuming they’re marketing as a kids/family movie, but it doesn’t look appealing to anyone, at all.

  3. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Your forties are great, and I agree with her that a lot of fear falls away and you THINK you’re ok with aging. Because you still look young and people say “I can’t believe you’re in your forties!” Then you turn 50, and it’s not so easy. In fact, my 50th birthday was really, really hard for me. But then something happens and you actually do grow to accept that you’re not young anymore. You say I’m 55 and people say “oh. Do you have grandchildren?” :-/ it’s hard to deny that you’re “mature” when the whole world perceives you that way. The good news is that something happens inside and you say goodbye to youth. That stings. But then you’re free. And it really is ok. It’s better than ok, it’s a really, really nice time of life, and your focus turns to more important things. I wish I had a secret way for you to skip the hard part, but maybe most good things come with some hard work. But I can promise that it’s ok to be here. It’s not scary and you’re not invisible. It’s just different.

    • GiGi says:

      I was just reading an article that said, basically, that 35-42 are the most unhappy years of your life. But that after that point, happiness just explodes up the graph as we age. There are several reasons for that, but I truly think a lot of it just has to do with letting go. I’ve seen it in my husband, who for years just really felt the weight of being “enough”. Now that he’s 42, he seriously just does not care. Our life is great & he’s just very happy, honestly. It’s been really interesting to watch the process in him.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        So glad you’re both happy, and he feels more carefree. Men have slightly different pressures, but I think the good ones go through a similar process. (The bad ones dive into denial and date 20 year olds). Sounds like you found a good one.

      • M says:

        I love your comment. I am 36 & struggling w/ the craziness of life- being an adult woman, mom, wife, friend & career woman. In my “prime” but I feel like I’m doggy paddling in the rapids most of the time & not being great at all the roles I play. I can’t wait until I “don’t care”!

    • roundbelly says:

      Thank you for your comment. Only just turned 40, and I love it, but I wonder what is ahead. Really took what you said on board. Funny, am a very very long time lurker and when I went to respond and saw it was you, I was all, ah, good names, that’s explains it. Love.

    • Erinn says:

      I hate that. The “oh do you have kids?” “oh do you have grandkids?”.

      Mom and dad are 55/56. I’m their oldest at 24. My husbands dad is 56, and his mom is 52 or 53 I think. We went to his parents last mothers’ day and I had a migraine, and if I don’t eat with my migraine pill I vomit. We get in the house and he starts lecturing me about getting toast or crackers and his mom just lit right up – hoping that on mothers day she was going to be told she was going to be a gram. And when she realized it was just a migraine she was super good about it, and I will say other than that instance she’s never pushed the kid thing because she wants us to not ever feel pressured. They waited years after they got married to have Der, because they built their home bit by bit, and wanted to make sure they got everything they needed done, done before having a kid.

      But my mom on the other hand just keeps reiterating “I’m too young to be a nanny. I need more time for this” and people will ask her if she has grandkids and she’s just like “oh god no” and not in a mean way – just a relieved way. Because she got bugged by my dads mom to have a kid because she didn’t want to be an old grandmother haha.

      I make a point not to ask any of my coworkers that are in the 50+ crowd if they have grandkids. I let them bring it up because most people with them WILL bring it up because they’re pumped. But it’s the same to me as asking someone if they have kids yet – some people can’t, some people won’t, and it’s really not any of my business either way.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I agree it’s rude. People don’t mean any harm, so maybe thoughtless is a better term, but the first time somebody asked me if I had grandchildren, I was stunned. Lol not in a good way. I don’t ask people if they have kids or grand kids or when their baby is due. Too fraught with danger.

    • AustenGirl says:

      GNAT, I really love your perspective on aging. I’m turning 40 next month, and I truly feel that this is the best my life has ever been. I’ve always had confidence–maybe too much sometimes–but now I have this peaceful life shaped by how I want to live, not how I perceive others want me to be. I’m not sure what changed, but I’m unwilling to take crap from people who’ve always had a free pass (mother-in-law!) because I feel my self-worth almost for the first time in an authentic way. There’s happiness because I’ve achieved the personal and professional goals of my younger self, and now I get to enjoy the benefits and be more careful about setting new goals. Sure, my body is starting to be weird, but I’m OK with that when I’m armed with information about what to expect and how to alleviate some of the more unpleasant stuff.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Yes, exactly! You don’t need everyone’s approval and you’ve learned that not everybody is going to like you or everything you do and that’s ok.

  4. Maya says:

    Why to women constantly say that the current decade is the best ever? They say that when they are in their 20s, 30s and now 40s.

    I remember Cameron, Gwyneth, Jennifer Aniston all saying their 30s were the best. And now when they have turned/ are in their 40s – they now claim that is the best time of their lives.

    • Jayna says:

      So true.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Well, if you think about it, it’s a pretty good way to go through life, thinking every decade is better than the last one. Nothing is sadder than someone who peaked in high school, and considers it downhill from there.

    • siri says:

      I actually could be a rather good sign, meaning they always feel best at the age they are at the time. Much better than whining about ‘lost youth’, or hoping you feel better later in life. Only, with a lot of actresses, their vanity simply prevents them from saying anything different- they have to convince themselfs all is fine-always.

    • Because it keeps getting better? Why–would you prefer it if we felt that life had just been downhill for the past 20 years?

  5. Catherine says:

    According to a friend 42 for her was when aging started to hit – skin tone goes, circulation/metabolism changes, then the peri-menopausal symptoms around 44/45. So Cam just wait a couple of years….

    • Isabelle says:

      Aging has a lot more to it than just the way you look. Even with skin tone changing, more sagging & lines, larger pores: IMO no way would I ever want to be in my 20s again. There is some peace in who you are when you get older & the one thing I really love, you care less & less what people think about you. Still young at heart, old in the body but wise in the soul is how my mother described it. Think she was right.

  6. Ellie66 says:

    When I turned 46 (I’m 48 now) I started feeling old not like ancient old but still freakin old. (I have a 10 year old) most of the moms are a lot younger. But I was doing great till menopause that spiteful B decided to visit and hang out a bit. Lol! I’m sure They will say the same thing about 50.

  7. Rhiley says:

    The dog is gorgeous. Shiba Inu, perhaps? His coat is the best thing on that red carpet, well besides the cutie/beauty that is Quvenzhane Wallis.

  8. Angela says:


  9. shizwhat says:

    I think in your 30’s you realise that you arent young any more and then when you hit your 40’s you just cant ignore that fact any more. Some take it harder than others I guess.

    My husband is 35 and while shopping the other day the staff at a store was helping us out quite a bit. They were all quite young, probably late teens and early 20’s at the most. Right before we left my husband said “Alright, thanks guys, enjoy your weekend. Time to get drunk eh!” and the kid just gave him the side eye. I burst out laughing and my husband was thoroughly embarrassed when I said he was now the creepy old guy trying to relate to the young ones. Hahaha.

    I’m alright with getting older. Its so cliche but life is a journey and to isolate one part of it and idolize it is counter productive. I can’t judge myself based on the 20 year old me who thought 34 was “like soooo old.” 😀

  10. Mrs Odie says:

    I like her, but her smile in the thumbnail pic looks like Cruella DeVille. She was the only funny thing in “The Other Woman.” Is that what it was called?

  11. BooBooLaRue says:

    Hmm, I have always questioned that Cami is only 42…