Cameron Diaz may be the star of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s upcoming “Sex Tape” movie, but that doesn’t mean she is a fan of the real ones ones made by her Hollywood colleagues.
For the July 11 print edition of Entertainment Weekly, Diaz, 41, sat down with co-star Jason Segel to talk about the comedy film’s July 18 debut and dish on the risqué pastime it focuses on. While Segel, 34, admitted he hasn't watched any of those celebrity tapes, calling his colleagues' decisions to create them “none of his business,” Diaz had a definite position on the topic.
Asked why she thinks Hollywood stars keep making X-rated movies behind closed doors, Diaz appeared to throw shade at stars such as Kim Kardashian and former headline-grabber Paris Hilton, who have built their careers from sharing their sexual escapades.
“Because they can make careers out of it afterwards,” Diaz responded, not specifically naming any particular celebrity but later adding the telling statement, “Apparently they can go ahead and launch empires.”
While Diaz's comments may seem contradictory to her role in the sexually charged "Sex Tape" (not to mention her topless appearance in a [NSFW] S&M photoshoot at the age of 19 before her rise to fame), a quick look at the two A-listers' annual earnings may put the slam into perspective.
According to recent reports from Forbes, Kardashian, 33, who burst onto the Hollywood scene in 2007 following Vivid Entertainment’s release of the explicit “Kim K Superstar“ with rapper Ray J, has gone on to earn an estimated $28 million -- in the past year alone -- a substantial paycheck compared to Diaz’s estimated 2014 income of $18 million.
According to a report from OK! Magazine, the former porn actress earns a chunk of her change from the Kardashian-Jenner family’s $40 million contract with the E! network for the popular reality series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”; rakes in roughly $18 million from various endorsement deals; and earns upwards of $100,000 for each public appearance.
Diaz isn’t the only star accused of slamming Kardashian’s empire in recent years. Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon expressed her opinions on using nudity to make it in show business during her acceptance speech for the Generation Award at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards.
“I just want to say to all those girls out there, I know it’s cool to be bad, but it’s also possible to make it in Hollywood without a reality show,” Witherspoon said. “When I came up in this business, if you made a sex tape, you were embarrassed; you hid it under your bed.”