Entertainment Weekly: Your character, Joy, sounds a little, um, uptight. Is she?
Cameron Diaz: She’s a woman who thinks that she has everything going the right way. She has the job, she’s successful, she’s got a fiancé and she thinks that she’s happy. When her fiancé breaks up with her and her life takes a bit of a diversion from where it was heading, she realizes that she isn’t as happy as she thought she was. She meets the man of her dreams — or, rather, her nightmare.
You and Ashton Kutcher play two people sort of accidentally married, forced by a judge to live together.
Diaz: And it’s just impossible because we’re living in his apartment, which is disgusting. We get into this place where we really start disliking each other and going after each other. Everything from there gets a little uglier. You know, it’s a love story.
Were you and Ashton looking to do something together?
Diaz: No, it just happened. I love Ashton and I think he does comedy like nobody else. I looked at the script and I was like, ”He’s gonna kill it!” It’s the perfect movie for him. We met, talked, and realized we both wanted to make the same movie. It was one of those things where I thought, I wouldn’t make that movie with anyone else.
It’s been a while since you’ve shot on location in New York. What was it like?
Diaz: When people shoot a movie in New York, they say the city is like a character, and that’s really true. The energy is amazing, being on the streets, all the people… New Yorkers are so much fun.
You’re known most for being a comedic actor, but your next two films are pretty serious. Are you switching gears?
Diaz: I am. I did The Box, a psychological thriller. Then I am doing this one with Nick Cassavetes called My Sister’s Keeper, based on a novel of the same title. It’s a cancer movie, so there’s lots of pratfalls and stuff. [Laughs]