LOVEFiLM meets: Cameron Diaz
We caught up with Miss. Cameron Diaz this week when she jetted into London to promote her new seasonal rom-com The Holiday. Starring alongside Jude Law, Kate Winslet and Jack Black, Diaz plays hot-shot L.A business woman Amanda Woods, who, after discovering her boyfriend has been sleeping with his secretary, decides on a whim to house-swap with Kate Winslet and spend Christmas in England.
Diaz has had a wide career ever since she burst onto the scene back in 1994, playing alongside Jim Carrey in The Mask. She has proved herself to be a competent comedienne winning accolades for her performance in the Farley brothers Something About Mary, she has also starred in Scorsese's Gangs of New York alongside Leonardo Di Caprio and most recently in rom-com In Her Shoes.
Cameron Diaz: There is a considerable amount that is written on the page, but then Nancy and I fool around with it. We didn't want to take it too broad, we wanted it to be believable, and so we tried to create realistic moments, which you know could happen. Y'know, like hitting your head - but not throwing it back and making a big deal about it. [laughs]
LF: What was it like working with Jude?
CD: Oh he's wonderful. I think Jude is closest to Graham - his character - than any other character he's ever played. He's funny and charismatic and charming and open - just a really lovely person. And of course, all the girls had a crush on him! [laughs] But the good thing about Jude is that he treats everyone the same, he really engages you. And I think because of that there were a lot of 'man-crushes' as well, with some of the guys going: 'God, I didn't realise I was going to like him so much!'
LF: Was the film an even more appealing prospect to you when you knew you'd play the lead alongside Jude Law?
CD: Jude was the last to be cast on the film. I didn't know who I was going to play opposite, Kate wasn't even locked into the film - neither was Jack or Eli. So I guess I was the first one! [laughs] I was thrilled it was Jude; it was just obvious that he was perfect for the role.
LF: Was Justin quite so thrilled?
CD: Y'know, it's funny that you would say that, cause I don't think that's a concern at all. In this 'biz' [laughs] we all know how to do our job!
LF: As well as working with Jude you have a great scene with Ed Burns where you get to pull a couple of punches, how was that?
CD: Eddy is the greatest. I really wish there were more Amanda and Ethan [Ed Burn's character] moments. When Nancy mentioned Ed, I thought it was perfect; I hadn't worked with him since She's the One, which was ages ago. So it was really fun to do a scene with him - and it was good to give him a punch!
LF: What was it like filming on location in the UK, were you able to put up with the cold?
CD: We got really lucky with the weather actually, it hardly rained and in fact a couple of times it actually did snow, which the British crew swore never normally happens! But in the movies these days you can make anything, so of course we had the best snow guys in the 'snow-biz', and they made beautiful snow, it was all biodegradable, non-toxic - I couldn't tell that it wasn't real.
LF: What was it about the character of Amanda that attracted you to the film?
CD: Well first off I think that Nancy is such a wonderful writer, Iris [Kate Winslet's character] and Amanda are both her in some way. She has this amazing ability to be totally honest about herself - especially in her writing. I felt that Amanda - and Iris - were totally relatable. We've all been in these situations before; we've all had these types of relationships - both of them! [Laughs] I loved the bravery of Amanda, she may not have not know what she was going after, she thought she was leaving everything behind by flying to England, but in fact she was opening herself up to new possibilities and to learn about herself.LF: Your character Amanda has quite a culture shock when she comes over to Britain is that something you can identify with?
CD: Yes definitely. The first country I went to, outside of America, was Japan. And I was completely shocked! [laughs] especially because I was 16, I was by myself and I was like [puts on a voice]: ' I don't get it, there's nothing in English!'
LF: What's your process for picking projects, do they have to adhere to any particular rules?
CD: It's always director first and script - those two things are pretty much head to head. But even if I love the script, the director has to be liked, because it's all about the film-maker. They're the one that has to be liked, it's their vision and you have to really be able to trust that person.
LF: In the film you find it difficult to cry, can you relate to that at all?
CD: I love to cry! I want to cry right now. Its such a great release, I'm just tired, jet-lagged, I didn't get any sleep and I want to cry! [laughs] It's important to cry!
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