Famed actress Cameron Diaz seems set to star in her first film since 2014 alongside Jamie Foxx. Foxx teased the announcement on social media when he released a phone call between himself and Diaz. When asked about her return, Diaz said she was “so anxious” but “excited”.
The reunion comes eight years after the duo appeared in a film together, Annie, in which Diaz plays Miss Hannigan. The project that has lured Diaz to make her film return is the aptly titled Netflix comedy Back in Action from Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon.
So why exactly did Diaz retire in the first place? The actor clarified her decision in 2020 during an interview with Gwyneth Paltrow, saying that it left her with “a peace in my soul because I was finally taking care of myself”.
Diaz said the pressures of leading huge films became “overwhelming”, adding: “It’s a strange thing to say, I know a lot of people won’t understand it, I know you understand it, but it’s so intense to work at that level and be that public and put yourself out there.”
Diaz confirmed her retirement in 2018, she said she wouldn’t rule out a return one day in the future: “I’m never gonna say never, because I’m not a person who says never about anything.”