Cameron Diaz claims she was ‘used’ to smuggle substances – weeks before landing her role in The Mask

Cameron Diaz has recalled being ‘used as a drug mule’ during the nineties, just weeks before her acting career took off with a leading lady role in the comedy-fantasy blockbuster The Mask.

It comes as the 49-year-old is set to return to the big screen after an eight-year hiatus, preparing to star alongside Jamie Foxx in the aptly named comedy Back In Action.

Casting her mind back to the early days of her career, the actress was a struggling model in Paris, before gaining a job where she ‘was a mule carrying drugs to Morocco’.

Mule: Cameron Diaz, 49, has claimed that she was once ‘used’ to smuggle substances from France to Morocco during the nineties.

Speaking on podcast Second Life, Cameron explained that she had gathered enough money to move to Paris and pursue modelling – but hadn’t had any luck finding jobs there.

She explained to podcast host Hillary Kerr: ‘I was there a full year and didn’t work one day. I couldn’t book a job to save my life. Then I got one job but, really, I think I was a mule carrying drugs to Morocco – I swear to God. ‘

Cameron admitted that she wasn’t aware that she was carrying illegal substances until arriving at the airport, and began to panic upon realizing.

Big break: The drug job came just weeks before her acting career took off with a leading lady role in the comedy fantasy film The Mask

Big break: The drug job came just weeks before her acting career took off with a leading lady role in the comedy fantasy film The Mask

Leading lady: She starred alongside Jim Carrrey in the 1994 hit, after claiming she 'doesn't act' when approached for the job as an aspiring model

Leading lady: She starred alongside Jim Carrrey in the 1994 hit, after claiming she ‘doesn’t act’ when approached for the job as an aspiring model

Continuing: ‘This was the early Nineties and they gave me a locked suitcase that had my “costumes” in it.

‘I’m this blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl in Morocco. I’m wearing torn jeans and platform boots, with my hair down – this is really unsafe. I told them, “I don’t know, it’s not mine, I’ve no idea whose it is”. That was the only job I got in Paris. ‘

Avoiding at least a ten-year drug trafficking jail sentence, Cameron left the suitcase with officials as she returned back to France, citing that as the first and last job she had in Paris.

Struggling: As she was trying to carve out a modeling career in Paris, Cameron recalled: 'I was there a full year and didn¿t work one day.  I couldn¿t book a job to save my life.  Then I got one job but, really, I think I was a mule carrying drugs to Morocco ¿I swear to God '(pictured 1994)

Struggling: As she was trying to carve out a modeling career in Paris, Cameron recalled: ‘I was there a full year and didn’t work one day. I couldn’t book a job to save my life. Then I got one job but, really, I think I was a mule carrying drugs to Morocco – I swear to God ‘(pictured 1994)

Panicking: Cameron admitted that she wasn't aware that she was carrying illegal substances until arriving at the airport, and began to panic upon realizing

Panicking: Cameron admitted that she wasn’t aware that she was carrying illegal substances until arriving at the airport, and began to panic upon realizing

But after the lucky escape, Cameron finally received her big break back in Los Angeles – as she was approached by a casting agent looking for a ‘bombshell’.

Producers were searching for a leading lady to star alongside Jim Carrey in what went on to be the 1994 hit, The Mask.

While they were hoping to nab Playmate and covergirl Anna Nicole Smith for the role, they expanded their horizons to other potential stars.

But after trying to carve out a career as a catalog model, Cameron admitted that she was sceptical of the opportunity, telling the casting agent: ‘I don’t act, that’s not what I do.’

Lucky escape: But avoiding at least a ten-year drug trafficking jail sentence, Cameron left the substance filled suitcase with officials as she returned home to Paris, citing that as the first and last job she had in Paris (pictured in 2002)

Lucky escape: But avoiding at least a ten-year drug trafficking jail sentence, Cameron left the substance filled suitcase with officials as she returned home to Paris, citing that as the first and last job she had in Paris (pictured in 2002)

To Hollywood: And weeks after the ordeal, she was offered her breakout role in comedy-fantasy The Mask, catapulting her into fame (pictured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 1994)

To Hollywood: And weeks after the ordeal, she was offered her breakout role in comedy-fantasy The Mask, catapulting her into fame (pictured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 1994)

‘I had just started my period. There was no way I was putting on anything sexy that day. I was like, “Are you kidding?”, Recalled the blonde beauty.

But describing director Chuck Russell as ‘great’, she explained that he told her: ‘You’re my Tina Carlyle and I’m going to groom you for this part’, before offering it to her a week later.

Since then, the actress has had leading roles in blockbusters such as The Holiday, What Happens in Vegas and Charlie’s Angels.

Retirement: But in 2014, Cameron decided to step away from acting and settle into family life with her husband Benji Maddox (pictured) and daughter Raddix

Retirement: But in 2014, Cameron decided to step away from acting and settle into family life with her husband Benji Maddox (pictured) and daughter Raddix

But in 2014, Cameron decided to step away from acting and settle into family life with her husband Benji Maddox and daughter Raddix.

Admitting she has been ‘convinced out of retirement’ by Jamie Foxx and Tom Brady, she is set to return to the big screen alongside the actors in the upcoming film Back In Action.

Following the un-retirement announcement last week, Cameron quipped: ” Jamie Foxx, only you could get me back in action !!! I can’t frickin wait it’s gonna be a blast! ‘

She's back!  Admitting she has been ‘convinced out of retirement’ by Jamie Foxx and Tom Brady, she is set to return to the big screen alongside the actors in the upcoming film Back In Action (pictured with Jamie Foxx in 2014)

She’s back! Admitting she has been ‘convinced out of retirement’ by Jamie Foxx and Tom Brady, she is set to return to the big screen alongside the actors in the upcoming film Back In Action (pictured with Jamie Foxx in 2014)

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