Model Beginnings: Contracted with Elite Model Management, Diaz started modeling at age 16 and found minor success with companies like Calvin Klein and Levis. She also scored a cover of Seventeen, appropriately enough, at age 17.
Big Acting Break: Without having ever taken so much as one acting class, Diaz landed the role of Tina in The Mask opposite Jim Carrey. She took her time in smaller films before breakout roles in My Best Friend’s Wedding and There’s Something About Mary which launched her into the superstar stratosphere.
The Verdict: She’s been nominated for Golden Globes for her roles in films like Vanilla Sky and Gangs of New York and she makes gobs of money as one of Hollywood’s most in-demand actresses, so yea, we’d say she made the right choice on this one.