Cameron Diaz has a new feature in HarperÃ¢â¬â¢s Bazaar because she’s still hitting the pavement, promoting her health and wellness book, The Longevity Book. Which is cool by me. This interview is much more personal, and she sounds relatively sane, which is interesting. So what does she talk about? Her husband, Benji Madden, age and…TUBE TOPS. Check it:
Do you believe in Ã¢â¬Ådressing your ageÃ¢â¬Â?
I do, actually. But everybodyÃ¢â¬â¢s age is different, and by that I mean that even when youÃ¢â¬â¢re a certain age, itÃ¢â¬â¢s all a matter of how you present yourself, how old your spirit is, and where you are in your life. Some 50-year-olds are still 35. ItÃ¢â¬â¢s about expression and what they can pull off.
WhatÃ¢â¬â¢s something you refuse to wear at 43 (or ever)?
IÃ¢â¬â¢m definitely not doing tube tops. No way.
Who are some older women you most admire?
Gloria Steinem is one of the great feminist examples of a woman doing it her way. Jane Fonda has also always been somebody who puts herself out there in a very honest way. I appreciate that. We have so many great examples in Hollywood, from Meryl Streep to Helen Mirren. They walk such a fine line between giving everybody what they want and not sacrificing themselves for it.
WhatÃ¢â¬â¢s something new youÃ¢â¬â¢ve tried after 40 that you never thought you would?
I got married last year. That was the biggest thing IÃ¢â¬â¢ve done in my 40s, and it opened me up in different ways. ItÃ¢â¬â¢s pretty awesome. I didnÃ¢â¬â¢t think it was something IÃ¢â¬â¢d do, and I donÃ¢â¬â¢t know if IÃ¢â¬â¢d have done it if I hadnÃ¢â¬â¢t met my husband [Benji Madden]. It was a surprise.
What is the biggest realization youÃ¢â¬â¢ve had about yourself after turning 40?
That as you get older, your body changes in so many little ways. It doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t react the same way that it used to. I donÃ¢â¬â¢t get the results that I used to as easily as I once did. Now I look at myself and I realize, Ã¢â¬ÅOh, right. IÃ¢â¬â¢m in this time now in my life where I have to be thoughtful. If I slack off, things donÃ¢â¬â¢t come back so easily. I have to be committed.Ã¢â¬Â In part thatÃ¢â¬â¢s what my new book, The Longevity Book, is about. But just like everybody else, IÃ¢â¬â¢m more and less disciplined at various times based on whatÃ¢â¬â¢s going on in my life.
Which trend has enjoyed too much longevity?
Social media is great for a lot of things but not as a substitute for actual human connection. We need more actual human contact with one another. And less screen time.
I love how she called “social media” a “trend.” I wish, Lady. But back to tube tops, something I never got on board with. They’re ugly, but honestly, I think capri pants are something I’d never wear again if I had to had to choose.
What article of clothing would YOU never be caught dead in?
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