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: with Cameron Diaz
By Joey Berlin Coplev News Service
At the tender age of 16, when most girls are worried about getting the keys to Mom* car and pushing their curfew to midnight, Cameron Diaz had already left her home in Southern California to be a model in Japan.
“Actually, what I said to my mom was, ‘Can I have my summer vacation in Japan - all expenses paid?*** recalls Diaz. “They trusted that I was open enough with them that if I got into a situation that wasn’t good tor me that I would say, ‘Can I come home?’ So I went and had a good time.**
After that Diaz was off to model in Paris and Sydney, all before graduating from high school. She later auditioned for a bit part in “The Mask** and wound up as the female lead opposite Jim Carrey, albeit with the “model-tumed-actress” tag that can hinder a film career.
“I often think that that was my fault,** she offers. “If I hadn’t told anybody, nobody would have known. I could have been a secretary someplace and that would have been more acceptable. But then afterwards I just got over it. It became silly to me that people would attach some sort of stigma. They’re two different things. You can judge that and you judge this completely separately.**
Judging from the reaction she got in “The Mask,’’ Diaz was not too badly stigmatized. She went on to such high profile films as “She’s the One** and “Feeling Minnesota,” and this summer she has two new movies, the black comedy “Head Above Water” and “My Best Friend* Wedding,” in which she plays the rich and beautiful bride-to-be opposite Dermot Mulroney and his “best friend,” Julia Roberts.
eral memorable moments, including some off-key singing and, of course, an unforgettable wedding* scene. Suffice it say that when this 24> year-old gets married in real life, it will not be any- ■■■■■■■I thing like the movie.
“I spent four days up on the altar on a marble slab in not the best circumstances
“There's certain freedom that you
tainted at all. ‘These are my lines. This is my character. This is what I hear in my head. Let me just say it.’ But then you start acting.”
This fall Diaz takes another step up the acting ladder with “A Life Less Ordinary,” directed by Danny Boyle. Boyle’s sharp-edged films
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Wedding” is Roberts’ movie, but Diaz has a big, juicy part with sev
ille on the dress in the middle of summer in
Chicago - and you can’t use the air conditioning while you’re ^■ working,” she notes. “So the mystique and romance of the white wedding has been lost on me. I don’t think that I could ever do anything that extravagant I’m not much of a planner.” Diaz never planned to have an acting career. But when “The Mask” popped up, she never looked back.
“Acting sparked something in me that I hadn’t experienced, a thrill that was so great that I couldn't pass it up,” she explains. “When I was auditioning for it, I had a moment after a reading where I came exit with sweaty palms screaming and jumping up and down. I got such a rush from it that I knew, This is it.” As her career progressed, Diaz has found acting more and more stimulating In “Head Above Water” she co-stars with Harvey Keitel and Craig Sheffer, who challenged her further.
“Theres a certain freedom that you have when you don't know what you're doing at all ” she says. “When you don’t have any experience you can just walk into something and go by instinct You’re not
know what you're doing at all”
Trainspotting,” but this one will be a little different.
“It’s very romantic, in fact,” Diaz promises. “It* quite a lovely story, although it is a little dark and it’s not conventional whatsoever. Ewan McGregor plays a janitor who works for my father’s company. My father’s a real jerk and I despise him, so I’m constantly doing things to try to upset him. I get called into his office just as Ewan’s character bursts in to get revenge for being fired. Everything goes wrong and he ends up kidnapping me. I realize that he has no idea what he* doing, so, since I had been kidnapped before, I show him how to extort
Jamessticks to the basics
“Hourglass**; James Taylor; Columbia.
A self-described “folk singer in the electronic age,” James Taylor responds to technological advances by running away from them. He recorded his latest album, “Hourglass,” in a barc-bones studio on Martha* Vineyard. Clean, seductive and mellow, it sounds like 1975 all over again - a must-have for Taylor junkies.
JT* superstar days may be behind him, but he still knows his way around a somber, reflective ballad “Hourglass” opens with “Line ‘Em Up,” a pretty tune that somehow finds a link between Richard Nixon* “final scene at the White House door” and Taylor* penchant for living in the past. Taylor conjures up genuine sym
pathy for Nixon, remembering how the disgraced ex-president took time to shake hands with a line-up of staff members before he left politics. True to form, Taylor turns this bittersweet image into a touching and painfully honest self-examination.
Delicacy and grace abound on this record The nostalgic ballad “Jump up Behind Me” - a simple song about remembering a horse ride down to the beach - is sentimental without being syrupy. Death pervades this record -Taylor* father, brother and best friend all (bed recently - and he addresses his sorrow beauti frilly in “Enough to be on Your Way .”
“Hourglass” is far from perfect -there is a handful of one-note songs that lack imagery and zip - but the wonderful roster of guest musicians
adds an appropriately melancholy light-jazz feel. Branford Marsalis’ alto sax on “Up From Your Life” gives this keep-your-chin-up ditty a welcome boost of flavor. Sting* backing vocals on “Jump up Behind Me” provide a subtle crescendo, and Dan Dugmore* pedal steel brings a rustic twang to “Yellow and Rose.”
(c) Copley News Service 1997
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