The COVID-19 slowdown for Hollywood was very hard on many actors and others who rely on the film business to earn a living. Forty-eight-year-old Cameron Diaz was not one of those people. She made the decision to retire from acting back in 2014. Once she was one of the highest-paid actresses in the industry, but now she has a lot more important things to be doing than starring in the next Hollywood blockbuster.

Since turning her back on Hollywood, Diaz has kept herself very busy. Besides her constant dedication to her family, she has become a bestselling author and even helped co-found a clean wine label named Avaline with the help of entrepreneur Katherine Power.

Diaz, who is married to musician Benji Madden, gave birth to their daughter, Raddix, in January 2020. Not only was Diaz able to spend lockdown with her newborn girl, but she was also able to confirm that she made the right decision ditching Hollywood six years prior. Now, she doesn’t think she’ll ever able to return to Hollywood because she wants to give all of her energy to being the best mother she can be.

Although Diaz never had children while starring in blockbuster flicks, she did see how motherhood changed things for some of her colleagues. One producer friend had a particularly hard time coping with work-life balance in Hollywood after becoming a mother.

“Her family started to evolve, and I saw her go like, ‘Oh, wait, I only have 100%.’ You only have 100%, we don’t have two 100%, we have 100%. Right? So you’ve got to break up that 100%… how much are you going to give to your family? How much are you going to give to your career?” Diaz said during an interview with Yahoo Finance Presents.

While working in Hollywood, Diaz gave everything to her roles. Now that she’s a mom, she simply cannot do that.

“So it’s just a different time in my life now. Now I’m here, and this is the most fulfilling thing that I’ve ever done in my life. [To] have a family and be married and have our little nucleus of a family. It’s just completely the best thing,” Diaz said. “So I can’t give…I don’t have what it takes to give making a movie what it needs to be made. All of my energy is here.”

The coronavirus pandemic has not only been hard on people working in the film industry, but it has also showed that women are having a harder time than their male counterparts. Not only are women still expected to work, but they have to do more than their share of the housework and childrearing – or homeschooling in many cases.

Diaz feels grateful that she’s able to lead the life of her dreams. Her business partner, Power, agrees.

“My career is so fulfilling to me and so exciting. And it’s, you know, partly what gets me up and motivated every day. And that is what allows me to look at things and say, ‘Hey, I’m happy to work on balance because I love doing all of these things,’” said Power. “I couldn’t do it without having a wonderful nanny and a partner who’s super involved and all of the great executives that work for me.”

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