The actor, 41, would ban society’s obsession with ageing, send botox to the dungeon and cook a massive Cuban feast for all her subjects.
I would be an amazing queen. Iâ€™d be all about the people and making them as happy as possible. I would give them things that they did not even know that they needed, like knowledge about how their bodies work and good nutrition. Iâ€™m not saying Iâ€™m perfect, but at 41 years old I hope Iâ€™ve got closer to not having the bad habits that would destroy a kingdom.
My best friend would be a bad-ass lady-in-waiting. Sheâ€™s capable, knows how to get things done and is fun, hilarious and smart – all the things you want to be surrounded by when youâ€™re with somebody all the time. I don’t know if sheâ€™d want me to say her name because then sheâ€™d blow up and everybody would want her to be their friend so Iâ€™m keeping her my secret!
I used to wish I had Jennifer Lopezâ€™s body. I was a skinny girl so I wanted curves, yâ€™know? But what I realised after I got to know Jennifer and her work ethic is that we actually do have the same body because we both care about it and give it its nutrients and physical fitness, it just looks different.
My films are like my children. So itâ€™s hard to pick my favourite one. I would feel bad if I had to choose one over the other â€˜cos then Iâ€™m like â€˜Oh honey, I love you too, you were amazing. I had such a good time making you!â€™ I just finished shooting Annie and that was a blast. I canâ€™t wait to see it.
I hate the phrase â€˜anti-ageingâ€™. In denying ourselves the ability to age we donâ€™t age gracefully. Weâ€™re ALL going to age – the only way youâ€™re not is if youâ€™re dead – so itâ€™s a positive thing. Itâ€™s hard to get older, especially in the society we live in, but thereâ€™s no point trying to go backwards. I donâ€™t feel frustrated by the roles Iâ€™m offered now Iâ€™m in my forties. I think the parts for older women are actually more interesting.
I played around with botox out of curiosity. I think everybody just goes â€˜Oh letâ€™s see what it doesâ€™ but it didnâ€™t work for me because I want to look like myself. Somehow itâ€™s now infiltrated down to really young women who think they have to do it to stop ageing which is ridiculous. I see their faces and I think theyâ€™re actually older than they are.
A Cuban feast would be my national dish. I love cooking with friends and family – I find it relaxing. At Christmas I had a huge Cuban-themed dinner party at my house. My mum and I spent an entire day making roast pork, roast chicken, black beans and rice, a big avocado salad, all the traditional stuff and everyone just tucked in.
Thereâ€™d be no comparing myself to other queens. I read this amazing quote that said â€˜Comparison is a brutal assault of oneselfâ€™ Comparing ourselves to other women is like saying weâ€™re not good enough and thatâ€™s mean and not very nice. I never, ever Google myself. I don’t have any reason to. I don’t need to see the good or the bad.
Iâ€™d make nutritional education mandatory. I wrote my book because Iâ€™d listen to conversations with women who were my age going â€˜How does this thing [my body] work? Iâ€™ve been living in it my whole life and it still confuses meâ€™ and I started thinking â€˜Why is that?â€™ I realised we were never educated. We just donâ€™t know this stuff. And knowledge is power.
Iâ€™d tell my 20-year-old self to start exercising now. I remember all my girlfriends who were older than me would say â€˜All these things are going to happen to your bodyâ€™ and I was like â€˜No itâ€™s not – what are you crazy?!â€™ But I listened to what they said and remembered it when my body did start to change. Nobody gets a free pass on that. Some people have great genetics but it doesnâ€™t matter what you look like, itâ€™s how you feel.
This queen is philosophical. I donâ€™t look at life as challenges. I just look at things that come my way as part of lifeâ€™s lessons and they all have their different levels of intensity. But I try and remember â€˜This too shall passâ€™ if I think about it the right way. Iâ€™ve had a pretty extraordinary life.
THE BODY BOOK: Feed, Move, Understand and Love Your Amazing Body by Cameron Diaz with Sandra Bark is out now (HarperCollins, Â£16.99).