Diaz is the most luminescent newcomer to silver screen in the
1990's. At age 21 and only with her modeling experience under
the hood, Diaz landed a potentially sky-rocketing role opposite
rising superstar comedian Jim Carrey in The Mask. With her foot
well in the door of Hollywood films, she was next afforded the
chance to kick Hollywood ass in the feature film version of Mortal
Kombat. For this role, Diaz would require martial arts training.
But luck would send Diaz down a different road after she injured
her wrist karate-chopping her trainer's head. Diaz instead returned
to some high-paying modeling jobs and found smaller, low-paying
roles in independent films. Cameron states, "I think that definitely
your chances of coming across material in independent films--material
that is more interesting and more challenging--is more likely
than in big-studio films. "You always have to leave your doors
open to independent films so you have that opportunity."