Cameron Diaz says the R-rated comedy "Bad Teacher," which was released on Friday, June 24, "doesn't care what people think" and jokes that it took "no effort whatsoever" to get into character
Diaz, 38, plays Elizabeth Halsey, a foul-mouthed junior high teacher who tries to seduce a wealthy substitute teacher Scott Delacorte (Justin Timberlake) after her sugar daddy dumps her. Her co-worker Amy Squirrel (Lucy Punch) also has her eye on Delacorte while the school's gym teacher, Russell Gettis (Jason Segel), makes advances on Diaz's character.
The R-rated comedy has been described as "raunchy" by some and Diaz feels that such a categorization gives off the wrong impression.
"I think when people say 'raunchy,' to me 'raunchy' means that you're making an effort," Diaz told OnTheRedCarpet.com special correspondent George Pennacchio of KABC Television. "And I think for us, we were just sort of like we just didn't really care. It's sort of irreverent and not really caring about it. I think that that's the kind of comedy this is - it doesn't care what people think. [It was] totally organic, no effort whatsoever."
The script was written by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, who have collaborated on 15 scripts for "The Office," as well as the screenplays for "Year One" and the upcoming "Ghostbusters III" movie.
"The wonderful thing is - this script had it all," Diaz said. "We didn't have to do anything. All we have to do is play the characters and say the lines. There wasn't anything to do but to do the script because it was so genius and so much fun."
Diaz first appeared opposite Jim Carrey in the 1994 comedy "The Mask." She has also starred in films like "There's Something About Mary," "Shrek," "Charlie's Angeles," "What Happens in Vegas" and "My Sister's Keeper."
Diaz says when she was doing interviews to promote "The Mask," her breakout role, she was often asked 'So where do you see yourself in 10 years? Do you think you'll still be making movies?'"
"I thought it was the craziest question that anyone would ever ask me," the actress said. "I was like, 'Why do people keep asking me? I don't know where I'm going to be in 10 years!' All I want to be doing is something that makes me happy and that I'm having fun doing. If that's making movies, then yes, that's what I will be doing! If not, then I will be doing something else. And here I am, its 18 years later and I still love making movies, they still make me happy, and I'm having a great time - more than ever!"
Diaz was romantically involved with Timberlake in real life from 2003 until 2006. The actress is currently dating New York Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez, aka A-Rod. Diaz recently laughed off rumors that the couple had broken up.
Watch the trailer for "Bad Teacher" below.
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television and special correspondent for its entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).