‘I do try to be positive in my approach to how it is to be a woman. On the set of Annie we have all these little super-sweet, super-cute girls who are extras in the movie and they come up to me and say, “Oh, Cammie, you are so pretty, you hair is so pretty, your clothes are so pretty, oh my God, your make-up is so pretty.”
‘And that’s sweet but it worries me that girls are conditioned to value themselves and judge each other by the way they look. I try to let them know that being “pretty” will not sustain them. When I talk to them I resist that instinctive urge to say, “Oh, you are so cute,” and instead ask, “What grade are you in at school?” or, “What is your favourite subject?” Because every time we address our daughters or our nieces by saying, “You look lovely today,” we are reinforcing the idea that the most important thing for a woman is to look good,’.
The Body Book: Feed, Move, Understand And Love Your Amazing Body by Cameron Diaz (HarperCollins) is out now.