Cameron Diaz Tells Gwyneth Paltrow Why She Quit Acting

Cameron Diaz decided to quit acting five years ago and now she’s opening up with her gal pal Gwyneth Paltrow about exactly why.

During yesterday’s In goop Health: The Sessions, Cameron said Hollywood’s intensity was a major factor in her decision to step back.

“It’s a strange thing to say, I know a lot of people won’t understand it, I know you understand it, but it was so intense to work at that level and be that public and put yourself out there,” she said. “There’s a lot of energy coming at you at all times when you’re really visible as an actor and doing press and putting yourself out there.”

When asked how she felt about walking away, the Charlie’s Angels star said she felt more at peace.

“At peace in my soul because I finally was taking care of myself,” she said. “I had been going so hard for so long, working, making films, it’s such a grind. I didn’t make any space for my personal life.”

In 2015, the actress married Benji Madden and earlier this year they welcomed a baby girl, Raddix.

“I decided to … to stop making movies, and really focus on my personal life, my personal relationships with my family, my friends, and then Benj and I met each other, and we got married pretty much immediately,” she said.

Wow. Let this be a lesson for all of us: We are never defined by our jobs. Work-life balance is always the goal!