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Cameron Diaz’s 9 most iconic film roles, from The Mask to Bad Teacher

Cameron Diaz's 9 most iconic film roles, from The Mask to Bad Teacher
Cameron Diaz has reportedly retired from the world of acting (Picture: Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)

Earlier this week, Selma Blair seemingly spilled some major beans when she revealed that close pal and fellow Hollywood A-lister Cameron Diaz has retired from acting.

At the ripe old age of 45, it sounds as though Cam has officially hung up her acting shoes forever, in favour of spending more quality time with her family.

Recalling a recent conversation they had about their 2002 movie The Sweetest Thing, Selma said: ‘I had lunch with Cameron the other day. We were reminiscing about the film.’

Cameron Diaz's 9 most iconic film roles, from The Mask to Bad Teacher
Cameron made her Hollywood debut in 1994’s The Mask (Picture: New Line Cinema)

‘I would have liked to do a sequel but Cameron’s retired from acting. She’s like ‘I’m done.’

Selma went on to explain: ‘I mean, she doesn’t need to make any more films. She has a pretty great life, I don’t know what it would take to bring her back. She’s happy.’

And her close friend’s verdict on the matter definitely makes sense. Cameron’s last role was way back in 2014 as Annie’s Miss Hannigan, and it’s thought that she’s rejected all other movie offers since.

With her seemingly final role hitting the big screen an impressive 20 years after her debut, it’s time to look back at 9 of the most iconic film roles that Cameron Diaz has ever starred in.

The Mask (1994)

Cameron Diaz's 9 most iconic film roles, from The Mask to Bad Teacher

Kicking off her acting career in a little red dress that made Jim Carey’s eyeballs literally pop out of his head, it was pretty clear from the very beginning that Cameron was set for stardom.

Diaz was so new to the business in 1994 that she didn’t even start acting lessons until she’d already landed the part as Tina in The Mask, having beaten off competition from Anna Nicole Smith and Vannessa Williams.

But, once the role was given to her just days before filming began, Tina saw Cameron becoming a smokin’ hot gangster moll, a seductive lounge singer, a sex symbol and Hollywood’s newest one to watch.

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My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)

Cameron Diaz's 9 most iconic film roles, from The Mask to Bad Teacher

After a string of um… forgettable parts following the huge success of The Mask, Cameron luckily landed another seriously big deal in 1997, starring as preppy girl Kimmy alongside Julia Roberts in My Best Friend’s Wedding.

Although still not quite the main part of smash hit film, Cameron’s appearance in the classic and timeless romcom was the first film to show off her strength for loveable, goofy, awkward girl comedy.

The film went on to rake in an impressive $299 million (£215 million) at the Box Office, as well as Diaz’s first ever movie award nominations. Mainly for that karaoke performance, obviously.

There’s Something About Mary (1998)

Cameron Diaz's 9 most iconic film roles, from The Mask to Bad Teacher

Who’d have thought that the whole thing with the hair gel *shudder* would prove to be Cameron’s breakout moment – and even land her a Golden Globe nom? Career goals.

Starring opposite Ben Stiller (and arguably even stealing the show from him), she made sure there definitely was something about Mary that viewers and critics both unexpectedly fell in love with.

Her squeaky clean smile as the prom-date-who-never-was somehow combined perfectly with grubby, lowbrow humour involving trouser zippers, and Cameron proved that she had comedic timing to rival some of the most notorious comedy actors on the scene.

Being John Malkovich (1999)

Cameron Diaz's 9 most iconic film roles, from The Mask to Bad Teacher

She’s always been loved an action blockbuster and is forever partial to a romcom, but Cameron’s role in cult fave Being John Malkovich stands out as being her most unique choice of role.

After all, who doesn’t love a drama comedy about a sad puppeteer who discovers a magic portal into the mind of another man? The film saw Cameron take on a character who was totally out of her acting comfort zone with huge success.

The mass of frizzy hair made her almost unrecognisable, and she landed Best Supporting Actress nods across the board including BAFTA, Golden Globes and the SAG Awards.

Charlie’s Angels (2000)

Cameron Diaz's 9 most iconic film roles, from The Mask to Bad Teacher

Okay, so we may all be in agreement that the Charlie’s Angels reboot was somewhere on the fine line between amazing and terrible, but you can’t deny that you totally wanted to be a part of Cameron’s gang with Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore in 2000.

Appearing as test pilot/model/private inspector/phD genius Natalie, Cameron combined high kicks and karate chops with some excellent dance moves, tongue-in-cheek humour and super shiny action sequences.

The franchise became an overnight success and brought girl power back to noughties cinema. Just no one mention the sequel. Let’s pretend that never happened.

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Shrek (2001)

Cameron Diaz's 9 most iconic film roles, from The Mask to Bad Teacher

From one badass to another, Cameron’s next smash hit came in the form of something green, hairy and strongly smelling of onions. No, it’s not My Sister’s Keeper. It’s Shrek.

Telling the side of the fairytale that no one ever gets to hear about in storybooks, Cameron took on her first major voice acting role to bring Princess Fiona to life, as both a sassy ginger princess and your average female ogre who definitely didn’t need saving.

Three years later, just when we thought they couldn’t top Shrek Karaoke, Cameron reprised her hugely popular role for Shrek 2, which still stands as her overall highest grossing movie to date, inflation rates considered. And they lived happily ever after.

Gangs Of New York (2002)

Cameron Diaz's 9 most iconic film roles, from The Mask to Bad Teacher

With big cheeses like Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day Lewis and Liam Neeson all fronting the effort, Martin Scorsese’s gritty, 19th century, New York political struggle (catchy) put Cameron Diaz in a whole new light of A-list territory and amongst some of the most prestigious names of all.

Playing Jenny Everdeane took the actress away from cheeky comedy and family friendly cartoons, and straight into award-winning, corset wearing historical drama that was widely praised.

And as if having Leonardo DiCaprio fancy you wasn’t enough of a bonus, she also scooped a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress, too.

The Holiday (2006)

Cameron Diaz's 9 most iconic film roles, from The Mask to Bad Teacher

Move over Muppets Christmas Carol, The Snowman and Home Alone, because 2006 brought a modern Christmas classic to the big screen with Cameron fronting the show like some kind of tanned, LA-ready Santa.

In true festive spirit, Amanda, Cameron’s workaholic business executive, discovers her boyfriend is cheating on her, and so decides to get away for the holidays on a home-exchange website.

It’s a Christmas miracle in the end though, as she goes and falls in love all over again. The Holiday now makes December a little bit more magical every year, meaning that The Holiday just has to be included on the list.

Bad Teacher (2011)

Cameron Diaz's 9 most iconic film roles, from The Mask to Bad Teacher

And last but not least, a special shout out must go to Cameron’s amazingly brazen and hilarious performance as foul-mouthed, drinking, smoking, IDGAF-embodying Elizabeth, who is arguably the worst teacher of all time.

Her shamless pursuit of Justin Timberlake is nothing short of genius (remember when they dated in real life? What a time to be alive), particularly after it turns into an unexpected love triangle with Jason Segel.

And okay, so it probably wasn’t going to scoop an Oscar at any point, but just like the majority of Cameron’s 20 year filmography, Bad Teacher had us laughing from start to finish and forever re-watching on hungover days.

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