When actress Cameron Diaz visited Naperville last week to promote "The Body Book," she carved out some time to talk with students at Neuqua Valley High School. Student-journalists Sydney Kalich, Sara Saggar and Riley Wagner of Neuqua Valley's Echo newspaper sat down for an interview with Diaz, who also talked with Wildcat Weekly in the video above.
Sydney K.: What has been the most rewarding part of doing a book tour for you?
Diaz: Well I just started this week actually, and it’s not as long as the press work or films, haven’t gone to the other side of the planet yet. So far I’ve gotten to speak at two schools, I’m just new at this. I really enjoy speaking to the youth, and also to just be able to get the word out to people and see them responding to it. it’s an amazing thing, I really truly, 1000 percent absolutely in all my heart care whether or not people are healthy and happy and vital and capable, like that really means something to me. So when I meet people who are reading the book, who are actually having an experience with that, it’s very gratifying.
Riley W.: You’ve mentioned talking a lot to the younger generation. If you had one piece of advice for a high school you, or high schoolers in general, what would it be?
Diaz: It would be listen to your elders. (laughs) No, honestly. When I was 20 years old, all of my girlfriends who were older than I was would all tell me all these things that were going to happen to me, sort of emotional benchmarks to growing and becoming a young adult. And all the while I remember going, ‘ugh, there is no way that is ever going to happen to me,’ and every single one of them happened to me. Every single one of them. It’s hard to know, we discount our elders because when we’re young we think we know so much. We’re learning more than we’ve ever known, we have more access and exposure to things so we’re on this learning curve that is only about the moment. We don’t see the future at all. Even if it doesn’t apply to you at this moment, just listen. Just take in the information, hold on to it as long as you can, and apply it when it comes to you. You don’t have to accept it at the moment, just know that it will eventually come along.