Cameron Diaz opens up in the new issue of Vogue about her protective Cuban grandmother and how much she loved flying to Tampa with her sister to visit her father's parents in the old Cuban neighborhood. "Spending a month in Tampa with your Cuban grandmother is like—well, we
weren't allowed to go outside, because you would either get kidnapped
or break an arm...So you spent a lot of time
inside, playing cards, eating steak and rice and beans and drinking RC
Cola and watching soap operas. It was a bit of a void for a few weeks,
and then we would end up at an island in the Gulf that we'd go to, and
we would be there for a week and a half, and that was just glorious."
The My Sister's Keeper star also says it's been difficult dealing with the sudden death of her father, Emilio, last year from pneumonia at age 58. "It's the human experience," she says of his passing. "You know, that's what the heart does. Things are given to us, and things are taken away. And I think the heart becomes stronger, more capable."
Diaz, 36, also says she's no fool when it comes to aging in Hollywood. And she plans to continue blossoming as an actress as she gets older. "People who put labels on themselves limit themselves," she says. "If you are a woman who's been labeled as a sex symbol, for instance—I mean, I am not saying that's the label people would apply to me. But if you see yourself that way, inevitably you get to a point when you are no longer a sex symbol. And if you can't move past that, you're putting a limit on yourself; you're arresting your development. And that's where I think a lot of women get in trouble… I mean, I'm not 25 years old anymore, nor do I want to be. I wouldn't even want to go back to being 30. You know what I mean? That journey—I've done it already. I don't want to do it again. It's a lot of work to get through it, and I am excited about moving forward. I think that people get caught up in getting back to some place that they already passed. Or to a place where you cannot stay."