Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York hits theaters, with Diaz opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis. Of her audition, Diaz tells PEOPLE, "I didn't care if I got the job – I got to read for Marty Scorsese." The following year, Diaz sets a financial record for reprising her role in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, crossing the $20 million-per-picture barrier.
Diaz breaks her nose for the fourth time in a surfing accident in Hawaii. She doesn't let the doctor straighten it, a decision she later regrets. "I'm getting it fixed," she tells W in 2006. "I can't take it. I cannot breathe at all. One side of my nose is totally shattered – my septum is basically like a train derailed."
With her The Holiday costar Kate Winslet, Diaz radiantly appears on the cover of fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar. The romantic comedy, which also stars Jude Law and Jack Black, grosses more than $63 million at the box office.
Diaz and Timberlake officially confirm they ended their nearly four-year relationship. "We have, in fact, ended our romantic relationship, and have done so mutually and as friends, with continued love and respect for one another," they say in a joint statement. In June, the exes reunite to promote Shrek the Third, in which they both star.
After the death of her father, Emilio, Diaz shows her appreciation of life. "I'm in love with love. I'm in love with life," the actress, who has been recently linked to a few different guys (Bradley Cooper, Paul Sculfor), tells W. "This year I just sort of decided, you know, there's a lot of things that I've been wanting to do, and I’m going to do them." Also, she stars with Ashton Kutcher in What Happens in Vegas, which opens at No. 3.
In the tearjerker My Sister's Keeper, Diaz plays a mother of two girls–the eldest is battling cancer and the youngest is born to save her sister's life. Reflecting on her late father Emilio (who died while Diaz worked on the drama), she says, "I'm sure it's going to be a part of all of the roles that I play now. It's been a year since he died, and it's been an incredibly transformative year."
Diaz reunites with ex Justin Timberlake on the Los Angeles set of their new film, Bad Teacher. In the romantic comedy, slated for a 2011 release, Diaz plays an irresponsible 7th grade teacher who pursues Timberlake's substitute teacher in the hopes of using his money for a breast augmentation. "They have a shared sense of humor," the film's director says. "It's easy for them to be funny together. You know where the jokes are."
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