Cameron Diaz may have been a “drug mule” before landing “The Mask.”

Cameron Diaz may have been involved in illegal activities before landing her breakout acting role opposite Jim Carrey in The Mask.

Speaking on the Second Life podcast, the 49-year-old actress – who had saved enough money to live in Paris in the early 1990s in hopes of starting a modeling career – revealed that she had a hard time gigging during her time abroad to book.

“I was there for a whole year and didn’t work one day. I couldn’t book a job to save my life,” she told podcast host Hillary Kerr. “Then I got a job, but I really think I was a mule transporting drugs to Morocco – I swear to God.”

Diaz claimed she received a locked suitcase containing her “model costumes,” but began questioning the contents when she arrived at the airport, which caused her to panic.

“I’m this blonde, blue-eyed girl in Morocco. I’m wearing ripped jeans and platform boots, with my hair down – it’s really unsafe. I told them, ‘I don’t know, it’s not mine, I have no idea who owns it.’”

Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz in The Mask (1994)
Cameron Diaz was skeptical about taking on the role of The Mask opposite Jim Carrey — because she considered herself a model and not an actress.
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Cameron Diaz in The Mask (1994)
“It was the only job I ever got in Paris,” Cameron Diaz said of her alleged drug dealing gig, which she booked prior to her breakthrough role in The Mask.
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She left the luggage – and the chance of a 10-year sentence for drug trafficking – with authorities when she returned to France.

“It was the only job I got in Paris,” Diaz said.

But her life was to change forever when she was approached by a Los Angeles casting agent looking for a “bombshell” to start in 1994’s “The Mask.”

The then-rising model said she told the talent agent she was skeptical about the job because she wasn’t acting.

“I just got my period. There was no way I would wear anything sexy that day. I was like, ‘Are you kidding?'” Diaz recalled.

But the film’s “amazing” director, Chuck Russell, told her, “You’re my Tina Carlyle and I’m going to prep you for this role.” Diaz was offered the part a week later.

From left: Cameron Diaz, Jim Carrey, 1994.
The Mask launched Cameron Diaz’s blockbuster acting career.
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She then had a successful acting career in films such as Being John Malkovich, There’s Something About Mary, The Holiday, What Happens in Vegas and Charlie’s Angels.

But in 2014, the actress retired from acting to spend time with her Good Charlotte rocker husband Benji Maddox and their daughter Raddix.

However, Diaz will be stepping down to star alongside Jamie Foxx in upcoming Netflix comedy Back In Action.

https://nypost.com/2022/07/11/cameron-diaz-may-have-been-a-drug-mule-before-landing-the-mask/ Cameron Diaz may have been a “drug mule” before landing “The Mask.”

Emma Bowman

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