Cameron Diaz has just let out a little wine but it’s got nothing to do with being locked down with her inlaws or missing her movie-star days.
In fact, the 47-year-old There’s Something About Mary star loves sharing her family home with her extended family and is happier being a mother than she ever was playing a character on screen.
That wine of hers, as the old joke goes, is of the drinking variety with Cameron having co-founded a new business producing “clean” vegan wine.
Called Avaline, the ultra-chic label offers a Spanish white and a French rosé to those who, like Cameron, enjoy a drink but not the headache that wine can provide.
And Cameron certainly needs a clear head having had her first child, daughter Raddix, eight months ago.
The actress – who was one of the biggest Hollywood stars of the 90s – said: “I love being a mother – it’s the best part of my life.
“It’s been heaven. You get to have every moment and see her grow. It’s the best thing that ever happened to both Benji and I.”
Shrek star Cameron married Benji Madden, 41, of US pop punk band Good Charlotte, in 2015, and says concentrating on being a mum has helped her during the pandemic.
She said: “When you are worried about other things and not present with your kids, you may as well be away from them. You have to be present with your kids when you have the opportunity to.
“I’ve been fine with lockdown. I have family members with me. We have Benji’s family, his brothers and their wives, so we are all communal together.
“My two sister-in-laws, they both have their strengths, I have mine and we all help each other out. We pick up where the other one needs bit of help.”
Having her Los Angeles house full of family is a very different cast to her Hollywood heyday.
Cameron began modelling from the age of 16, before auditioning for The Mask opposite Jim Carrey, which streams on Netflix from today. Despite having no acting experience she became an overnight success, going on to have a string of hits such as My Best Friend’s Wedding, There’s Something About Mary, Charlie’s Angels, Gangs of New York, Being John Malkovich and the Shrek franchise for which she voiced Princess Fiona.
But after working solidly for 20 years, she announced her retirement in 2018 – meaning her portrayal of Miss Hannigan in the 2014 Annie remake was her final film role.
Not that she’s totally closed the door on acting. Given this year is the 20th anniversary of her playing Natalie Cook in Charlie’s Angels opposite Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu, would she do a reunion?
“Sure,” she laughed, “That would be so much fun.”
But for now she’s keeping busy looking after her daughter. And she claims she doesn’t need an energy boost to be a parent. She said: “The only thing I do is get up and don’t stop moving until I lay my head down on my pillow at night.
“I love that because I’m so used to going, going, going. My engine starts and I don’t idle all day.”
Back in her Hollywood golden period, she’d hit the gym to keep in shape – but now her fitness is of a more domestic nature.
She said: “Right now my routine is vacuuming, lots of housework. I’m sure like everybody else right now, the housework situation is off the chain. It’s non-stop.”
It’s also good to hear, like the rest of us, Cameron has been piling on the carbs in lockdown.
She said: “I’m eating way too much pasta. I am eating it every night. I’m like, ‘What shall we have tonight darling? Shall we have some more pasta?’
“I just find it comforting, it’s easy and you can put in so many things. I have veggies and leftovers.”
As well as eating the food, Cameron is also cooking it.
She said: “Every night I cook, that’s my wind down. Dinner takes me about an hour because I want it to. It’s like my
decompression. Then I set up my day for the next day and then I go to bed.”
As well as cooking, eating, cleaning and being a mum, Cameron has also been preparing us for the second spike perhaps – by creating a wine that you can drink and not get a hangover headache.
Explaining her Avaline wine brand, she said: “This was two years in the making with my partner and co-founder,
“We love wine so much but we were finding that we were not wanting to have that second glass because we were feeling like, ‘Oh, it’s not really worth it. I get a headache. I don’t feel so great.’
“So we started to ask ourselves, ‘Well, maybe there’s a way to make wine better for us’.
“We thought it would be something that you might add to it but then, when we asked our wine expert friend and we went through the process of making wine, she informed us that there are 73 ingredients that are allowed to be put into the wine-making process.
“I’m not saying that all wines have it but they are allowed to be used. When we sourced wines that didn’t have those additives or were minimally intervened, we felt better. So we wanted to drink that wine.”
Not feeling headachy after drinking not too much wine – she has me sold. The idea behind their clean wine is organic grapes and no additives.
Another selling point for Cameron is that the wine is a business in a very male dominated industry. She and Katherine hope to make Avaline a success and shake-up the market – on shelves and in the boardroom.
She said: “Nobody ever really thinks of actors as business people, we’re just acting, but there’s a business aspect to it.
“I see how people speak in the business world to women and it’s shocking to me. I am saying this to all women who want to start their own business but don’t think they know how to do so, always hold true to your intention and passion.
“Also, fake it till you make it. You’ll make it happen.
“But women are not really getting the benefit of the doubt in business the way a man does.”