By Jack Rico
Cameron Diaz isn’t known to talk much about her Latina roots, but in a press day for her new R rated comedy ‘Bad Teacher‘, Diaz opened up about her cultural heritage in detailed form like never before. She said she doesn’t speak Spanish, but you could tell that she has close ties to her Cuban side and seems to be proud of it.
She says in the interview:
Regarding her Latino roots: “My father is Cuban. Spanish via Cuba to Tampa, Florida, where my family came many generations ago back in the turn of the century Spanish American War. They went to Tampa and were cigar rollers. That was the first Cuban settlement before Miami, outside of Cuba, in a place called Ybor City and they still have some cigar factories there to this day. But my family were cigar rollers. I have all of my great grandfathers cigar presses and choppers. I grew up with the Cuban heritage, the Cuban culture, the food, the language, although I don’t speak Spanish… well I can barely speak English. And that’s where I am from.”
Regarding the word ‘raunch’: “We didn’t want to shock people. We were just telling this story, which is just horrifying. Because Lee and Jean who are brilliant writers thought up these crazy characters and the situation. We never thought of raunch in our minds.”
About people’s obsession with perverse comedy: “Comedy by nature, I think, is about things that are true. We laugh at things when a comedian says something so brutally honest that we have to acknowledge that it is the truth and then you have to laugh at that because it’s like Oh My God, I can’t believe that that person just said it. Es tan verdadero.”
About her dad, Emilio Diaz: “My dad had the best sense of humor. He was so funny and growing up as a child, having somebody be very blunt, my father was very blunt, and about giving his children the truth, and never sugarcoated anything ever.”
Have a look at the interview above and judge for yourself.
In her new film Bad Teacher, which she co-stars with her ex-beau of 4 years, Justin Timberlake, she plays afoul-mouthed, ruthless, and inappropriate teacher who drinks, gets high, and one who can’t wait to marry a meal ticket and get out of her bogus day job. When she’s dumped by her fiancé, she sets her plan in motion to win over a rich, handsome substitute (Justin Timberlake) – competing for his affections with an overly energetic colleague, Amy (Lucy Punch). When Elizabeth also finds herself fighting off the advances of a sarcastic, irreverent gym teacher (Jason Segel), the consequences of her wild and outrageous schemes give her students, her coworkers, and even herself an education like no other.
Bad Teacher opens in theaters this June 24.