Twelve callbacks later, however, she was hired to play torch-singing mob moll Tina Carlyle, the female lead.
After the success of , Diaz was touted as the next big thing in Hollywood and wooed by a number of prominent filmmakers to appear in their projects.
In the fall of 2000, she starred alongside Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu as one of the three female detectives at the heart of the hit big-screen remake of Aaron Spelling's campy 1970s television show, .
She played a mother of three who finds herself at odds with her youngest child Anna (Abigail Breslin) over her middle child's medical needs.
Her successful modeling career took her to Japan, Australia, Morocco and Paris, among other locales, and landed her in such magazines as , starring rubber-faced comic Jim Carrey.