“It’s so much more work to have children,” she says. “To have lives besides your own that you are responsible for – I didn’t take that on. … A baby – that’s all day, every day for 18 years. Not having a baby might really make things easier, but that doesn’t make it an easy decision. I like protecting people, but I was never drawn to being a mother.”
Diaz, who will turn 42 on August 30, also opens up about being more confident in her 40s.
“I like being 41. I love it. So much s–t just falls away. Fear, mostly. It’s the best age. That’s when a woman knows how to work things, or she doesn’t care about that anymore. You just stop being afraid. You don’t worry about what men think. You just don’t worry that time registers anything awful,” she says.
The actress is currently in a relationship with Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden.
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