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Cameron Diaz And Jennifer Lopez Talk About Motherhood In Redbook Magazine's June Issue

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 05/07/2012 1:33 pm Updated: 05/07/2012 1:49 pm

She may play a pregnant woman in her new movie, “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” (in theaters May 18th), but in real life, part-Cuban actress Cameron Diaz says she opted to put her professional life over family.

"I thought I was going to be married and have two children by the time I was 21," says the 39-year-old actress, who graces the June cover of this month’s RedBook Magazine, alongside her “What to Expect” co-stars Jennifer Lopez, Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks and model, Brooklyn Decker.


"I think I felt I had to model my life after my mother's,” Diaz continues. “But then my career was starting to take off and there were still so many things I wanted to do. So that dream for me was shattered early on. After that I never put another timeline on anything in my life,” she says.

In the same issue, Diaz’s co-star (and fellow Latina A-lister) Jennifer Lopez opens up to the magazine about feeling sad following the birth of her twins Max and Emme, who are now 4.

"I remember after the babies were born, about seven to 10 days in, I was like, 'What is going on with me?' " the "American Idol" judge tells the magazine. "I felt sad and depressed and thought the babies didn't love me."

"I actually remember picking up the book [What to Expect When You're Expecting] to try to see what was happening to me," Lopez adds. "And it said how you have this huge hormonal drop about seven to 10 days after you give birth. It's called the 'baby blues.' But I just thought they didn't like me!"

Over the weekend, Lopez, 42—who is currently dating 24-year-old choreographer Casper Smart—told People Magazineshe's not opposed to the idea of having more children. "Every day … they just bring so much joy and happiness to your life, [and] they just bring you right back down to earth,’ she says.

The singer/actress/TV judge admits however, that juggling her busy career and motherhood isn't always easy. "I've got my hands full,” she says. "You leave and they go, 'Don't go to work, Mommy!'"

But Lopez says she has a philosophy that makes it all work--her kids always come first. “So as long as that's … working in the right way, then I can dedicate whatever time I need to dedicate to my career," she said. "You just do the best you can, and say no when you have to say no."

And although Lopez filed for divorce from singer Marc Anthony in July of last year, the singer says she has plenty of help raising Max and Emme. "I have a lot of great people in my life who help … at work and at home," she says. "I have a great family – so all together – we do it. It takes a village."


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  • Andy Garcia

    Cuban born actor, Andy Garcia earned his star in The Hollywood Walk fo Fame in 1995. Garcia earned an Oscar nomination for his role in "The Godfather Part III" and a Grammy as producer of "Ahora Si" by Israel "Cachao" Lopez. More recently he played the role of Terry Benedict, the casino mogul, in "Ocean's Eleven" and it's following sequels. Garcia will appear in the movie "Hemingway and Fuentes", which will be released in 2012, in the role of Gregorio Fuentes.

  • Christina Aguilera

    Aguilera, who's father is originally from Ecuador, was awarded a star in The Hollywood Walk fo Fame in 2010. In 1999 she had three number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100--"Genie in a Bottle", "What a Girl Wants", and "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)."

  • Carlos Santana

    The Mexican-American rock star was immortalized in 1998. Santana is known for his guitar-playing skills and he became famous in the late 60 with his band "Santana". He was a pioneer in mixing Latin rhythms, jazz and rock. In 2003, <a href="" target="_hplink">Rolling Stone Magazine named Santana number 15 in their list of 100 greatest artists of all times. </a>

  • George Lopez

    George Lopez, of Mexican descent, was awarded a place in The Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006. He is known for starring in his popular ABC sitcom "George Lopez". He is also known for his stand-up comedy which examines race and ethnic relations, focusing in Mexican American culture.

  • The Estefans

    The Estefans share one more thing other than their Cuban descent and their undeniable musical talent. They both have star in The Hollywood Walk Of Fame. Gloria got hers in 1993 and Emilio got his in 2005. The power-couple has been married since 1976 and have been producing great music ever since.

  • Vicente Fernandez

    The Mexican singer, known as <a href="" target="_hplink">"El Rey De Rancher" ("King Of Ranchera Music")</a> was awarded a star in 1998. Fernandez, who <a href="" target="_hplink">started singing at local restaurants and events</a>, is now not only a famous singer, but a cultural icon. In 2002 Fernandez was recognized by the Latin Recording Academy as Person of the Year.