Cameron Diaz recalls being “used as a drug” in the Nineties, just weeks before her acting career took off with a starring role in 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-titled comedy Back in Action.

Recalling the early days of her career, the actress was a struggling model in Paris before landing a job where she “was a mule transporting drugs to Morocco”.

Mule: Cameron Diaz, 49, claimed she was once ‘used’ to smuggle substances from France to Morocco in the 1990s

Speaking on the podcast Second lifeCameron explained that she saved enough money to move to Paris and model, but had no luck finding work there.

She explained to podcast host Hilary Kerr: “I was there for a whole year and I didn’t work a day. I couldn’t book a job to save my life. Then I got one job, but actually I think I was a mule taking drugs to Morocco – I swear to God.”

Cameron admitted she didn’t know she was carrying illegal substances until she arrived at the airport and began to panic when she realised.

Big break: The drug deal came just weeks before her acting career took off with a role as the female lead in a comedy fantasy film

Big break: The drug stint came just weeks before her acting career took off with a role as the female lead in comedy fantasy The Mask

Starring: She starred alongside Jim Carrey in the 1994 hit after declaring she was

Starring: She starred alongside Jim Carrey in the 1994 hit after declaring she was “not acting” when approached for a job as an aspiring model

Continuing, “It was the early nineties and they gave me a locked suitcase that had my ‘suits’ in it.

“I’m this blond-haired, blue-eyed girl from Morocco. I’m wearing ripped jeans and platform boots, my hair is down – it’s really dangerous. I tell them, “I don’t know, it’s not mine, I don’t know whose it is.” It was the only job I got in Paris.”

To avoid at least a decade in prison for drug trafficking, Cameron left the suitcase with officials when she returned to France, calling it her first and last job in Paris.

Struggling: When she was trying to build a modeling career in Paris, Cameron recalled, “I was there for a whole year and didn't work a day.  I couldn't book a job to save my life.  Then I got one job, but actually I think I was a mule carrying drugs to Morocco - I swear to God

Struggling: When she was trying to build a modeling career in Paris, Cameron recalled, “I was there for a whole year and didn’t work a day. I couldn’t book a job to save my life. Then I got one job, but actually I think I was a mule carrying drugs to Morocco – I swear to God” (photo 1994)

Panic: Cameron admitted she didn't know she was carrying banned substances until she arrived at the airport and panicked when she realized

Panic: Cameron admitted she didn’t know she was carrying banned substances until she arrived at the airport and panicked when she realized

But after her lucky escape, Cameron finally got her big break in Los Angeles – when she was approached by a casting agent looking for a “bomb”.

The producers were looking for a female lead to star opposite Jim Carrey in what became the 1994 hit, The Mask.

While they were hoping to land fellow Playmate and cover girl Anna Nicole Smith in the role, they’ve widened their horizons to other potential stars.

But after trying to build a career as a catalog model, Cameron admitted she was skeptical about the opportunity, telling a casting agent: “I don’t act, it’s not what I do.”

Lucky escape: But after avoiding at least a decade in prison for drug dealing, Cameron left a suitcase full of the substance with an official when she returned home to Paris, calling it her first and last job in Paris (pictured in 2002)

Lucky escape: But after avoiding at least a decade in prison for drug dealing, Cameron left a suitcase full of the substance with an official when she returned home to Paris, calling it her first and last job in Paris (pictured in 2002)

To Hollywood: Weeks after her ordeal, she was offered her breakthrough role in the fantasy comedy The Mask, which brought her fame (pictured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 1994)

To Hollywood: Weeks after her ordeal, she was offered her breakthrough role in the fantasy comedy The Mask, which brought her fame (pictured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 1994)

“My period just started. I didn’t wear anything sexy that day. Me: “Are you kidding?”, – recalls the fair-haired beauty.

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

Since then, the actress has starred in blockbusters such as The Vacation, What Happens in Vegas, and Charlie’s Angels.

Retirement: But in 2014, Cameron decided to leave acting and pursue family life with her husband Benji Maddox (pictured) and daughter Reddix.

Retirement: But in 2014, Cameron decided to leave acting and pursue family life with her husband Benji Maddox (pictured) and daughter Reddix.

But in 2014, Cameron decided to retire from acting and pursue family life with her husband Benji Maddox and daughter Reddix.

Confessing that Jamie Foxx and Tom Brady “convinced her out of retirement”, she is set to return to the big screen alongside the cast in the upcoming film Back in Action.

After announcing his retirement last week, Cameron quipped: “Jamie Foxx, only you could bring me back!!! I can’t wait, it’s going to be a blast!

She is back!  Admitting that Jamie Foxx and Tom Brady are hers

She is back! Admitting that Jamie Foxx and Tom Brady “convinced her out of retirement”, she is set to return to the big screen alongside the cast in the upcoming film Back in Action (pictured with Jamie Foxx in 2014)

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