Biography: Page 3
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Posing for Mademoiselle
and Seventeen and appearing in ads for Calvin Klein, Levi's,
and Coca Cola is no small accomplishment for a 21-year-old woman.
Just barely a woman, Cameron felt modeling angst. There was more
to her life, and she knew it. As a suggestion from her agent, Diaz
tried going down the well-traveled road of modeling to acting.
Who would believe after twelve auditions, this fresh actress--born from
modeling--would land a small role in Jim Carrey's film, The Mask?
Cameron wanted in, and she had the perfect opportunity. "Anything
the filmmakers wanted, I would do. But it got to the point where
I said, 'You know what? I'm not doing it anymore. I'm not
gonna go practice with the choreographer so that he knows the steps he's
gonna teach the real girl who gets the job.'" Director Charles
Russell caught wind of Cameron's feelings and went to the producers at
New Line Cinema, and convinced them to award her the female lead. At the
time, Cameron didn't fully understand the scope of what she was getting
into. "This is kind of a big film, isn't it?" Diaz asked
a month into production. Yes, it was! She got ulcer.
Cameron then realized the heavy weight on her shoulders, the responsibility
for the success of the film.
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