The 'Shrek the Third' star says her mother Billie taught her to be a strong independent woman, by working hard and caring for her family.
She said: "My mom worked a full-time job during the day and came home every night to make dinner and take care of the household. She did it all. So I always looked up to her, not only as my mom, but as a strong and independent women in her own right. She had a life and a successful career outside the family. She was a wonderful role model."
Cameron Diaz- who split from long-term love Justin Timberlake last December - started modeling at just 16 and has since enjoyed a highly successful Hollywood career.