A whirlwind promotional tour for Shrek the Third has, unfortunately, given all of us an unsolicited glimpse into the well-ventilated mind of Cameron Diaz: She recently described to Meredith Viera on Today the fascination with her personal life as being "like high school, isn't it? We as celebrities are like the popular kids. People want to know our business." (Yes, that's exactly right! And Justin is the QB, and The Ivy is the cafeteria, and Variety is the student newspaper!) Now comes this curious quote, shared with rarely seen paleolithic Hollywood gossip entity Jeanne Wolf:
"If a woman who's a successful actress weighs 300 pounds and has warts, nobody ever asks her, 'Do you think you made it because you're ugly?' So why should there be prejudice against someone who's had some success in films and looks a little better than average.
It's all in my genes, so don't hold it against me."
We'll assume Wolf didn't have the heart to explain to Diaz that the reason nobody ever asks the obese, polyp-ridden actress whether or not she attributes her wildly successful show business career to her looks is because she probably doesn't have one, and if she does, it's primarily in voice-over. Still, Diaz's point is well-taken: Attributing her A-list status solely to her genetic good fortune diminishes the scope of her impressive accomplishments, as it takes much more than a pretty face to make it in this town. It takes a pretty face, lots of hollow enthusiasm and fake laughing, and the recently gleaned insights of someone who's spent a few too many post-breakup hours staring down their naked reflection in a floor-length mirror, wondering aloud, "And exactly what part of this hotness could you just up and walk away from, Mr. SexyJerk?!"