Cameron Diaz is convinced she served as a "drug mule" after she embarked on a modeling career in Paris.
Last week, the 49-year-old celeb known for movies like There's Something About Mary and Charlie's Angels recalled her modeling days with Second Life podcast.
“I didn’t work a day," said Diaz of her ambitious time in Paris.
After doing some catalog modeling in California, the future Hollywood star was hoping to become a supermodel overseas.
She said things were going nowhere for her.
"I was there a full year and I didn’t work one day. I couldn’t book a job to save my life."
However, Diaz firmly believes to this day that the one modeling job she took while there was as a cover to transport illegal substances.
"I got like one job, but really I think I was like a mule carrying drugs to Morocco — I swear to God."
"It was before TSA [Transportation Security Administration] or anything like that."
"It was like early '90s. They gave me a suitcase that was locked that had my ‘costumes’ in it—quote, unquote."
When she arrived at her destination, Moroccan officials asked who the owner of the suitcase was and whether or not it could be opened.
She eventually caved and admitted the suitcase was not hers.
Her instincts at the time told her something was not right.
"All of the calculations in my head went running back, like 'what the f'k is in this suitcase?'" she said, adding, "I'm this blond-haired, blue-eyed girl in Morocco, it's the '90s, I'm wearing torn jeans and platform boots and my hair down, and this is really unsafe."
"That was my only job I ever got in Paris," said Diaz.
People responded with jokes online.
Fortunately, things improved vastly for her career.
While she was still living in Paris, Diaz–who was then 21 years old and had no previous acting training–was cast opposite Jim Carrey in The Mask which became one of the top ten highest-grossing films of 1994.
The film launched her acting career and she became a sex symbol.
She found further success in 1998 starring as the titular character in the highest-grossing film of the year, There's Something About Mary–a role for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination in the category for Best Actress of a Musical or Comedy.
More Golden Globe nominations followed for Diaz from her work in later films like Vanilla Sky (2001) and Gangs of New York (2002).
In 2015, she married Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden and they had a daughter in 2019 via surrogate.
During an acting hiatus, she wrote two health books—The Body Book: Feed, Move, Understand and Love Your Amazing Body (co-written with Sandra Bark) and The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time.
Other endeavors besides acting include investing in health and biotech startups like Seed Health and Modern Acupuncture and appearing as a guest judge on the 2022 season opener of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 7.
In June, it was announced she would return to acting in the Netflix action-comedy Back in Action starring alongside Jamie Foxx.