Her father's recent death "definitely took its toll,” Cameron Diaz admits on a drive from Los Angeles to Palm Springs. “Things are given to us, and things are taken away." But Diaz's big, bright laugh is never far away. She talks happily about her new film—My Sister's Keeper—her green ideals, and her love for New York City. "That's what the heart does," she tells Robert Sullivan for Vogue. "The heart becomes stronger, more capable."
She's also happy about tackling the role of a dying child's mother in Keeper, directed by Nick Cassavetes. "People who put labels on themselves limit themselves," she says. "If you are a woman who's been labeled as a sex symbol ... inevitably you get to a point when you are no longer a sex symbol. And if you can't move past that, you're putting a limit on yourself. And that's where I think a lot of women get in trouble."