When we asked PEOPLE.com readers to send in questions for Cameron Diaz, who stars in the romantic comedy The Holiday, you weren’t shy. Will she have kids? What is up with the new brunette hair? What does her longtime boyfriend Justin Timberlake think about it? And with her multi-culti background (Cuban on her father’s side; Native American on her mom’s), how does she celebrate her real-life holidays? Diaz, 34, replied by e-mail.
How do you like your new hair? How does Justin react to it?
– Nikkie Schmidt, Butler, Pa.
I love it. I’ve had dark hair before and I changed my hair color because, in my mind s eye, I feel like a brunette. It just seemed like a good time to make the change. It’s funny, because my family and friends all feel the same way … they prefer me as a brunette.
With your diverse heritage, what are your family holiday traditions?
– Liza Salazar, Hammond, Ind.
Christmas is all about being with my family and friends, and one of our holiday traditions is a huge Cuban meal. We all cook together and stuff our faces until we can’t eat another bite. Our traditional Christmas dinner is a pork roast, roasted chicken, black beans and rice and an avocado salad – all Cuban style – delicious!
Please tell us! What’s it like kissing Jude Law?
– Meaghan Fitzpatrick, Wilmington, Del.
Our job is so weird. Something like that is always awkward, but you just approach it like any other scene. We’re storytellers, and The Holiday was about these people falling in love with each other. Jude is such a professional and such a lovely guy – I was really lucky to have him as my partner every day on the movie.
If you could switch places with anyone for the holidays, whose life would you want to live temporarily?
– Carrie Spielbauer, Appleton, Wis.
I’m lucky because I get to take over other people s lives for my job. But if I had to choose it would be Borat’s Sacha Baron Cohen. I’d love to see the world through that dude’s eyes.
What is your favorite thing to do on a Saturday night?
– Erin Lubash, Yarmouth Port, Mass.
My favorite nights always involve food. I love to cook and to feed people. And lots of laughter! When I’m cooking for a big group of people, pasta is usually my friend. It’s easy to make a lot – and who doesn’t love pasta?
You are one of Hollywood’s biggest celebs, but you seem to manage to stay so down to earth. How?
– Jessica Jones, Denver, Colo.
My family keeps me very grounded. Certainly fame makes you change how you move through the world, but ultimately I think you are who you are. I have very simple needs. My biggest splurge is travel. I’m so lucky just to be able to pick up and go all over the world. It doesn’t have to be extravagant. I’m just as happy in the wilderness with no electricity as I am in a five-star hotel room with room service.
Is parenthood something you’d eventually like?
– Jenny Bowe, Minneapolis, Minn.
Family is very important to me in every sense. I definitely hope to have that gift in my life one day.
If not acting, what is something that you would love to master?
– Tracy Oganyan, Glendale, Calif.
I’d love to master being on time. I was born 15 minutes late and have been trying to catch up for 34 years. At least I’m consistent.
Where is your favorite holiday vacation spot?
– Justine Hark, Oceanside, Calif.
It doesn’t matter where I am, as long as I’m with family and friends. (But) I love Hawaii. To me, it’s truly paradise. It’s very calming to be out in the middle of the ocean surrounded by water.
When you are not filming, what is a typical day like for you?
– Amy Dowden, Greenville, S.C.
I’m in constant motion. I travel a lot, so it’s hard for me to have much of a set routine. I like it that way because I enjoy figuring out how to make things work and being spontaneous. When I’m filming, my focus is on my work. But when I’m not working and I’m at home, I just fill the days with typical errands – catching up with friends and family (and) taking care of business. I also work out, and every day that I’m at home, I cook breakfast. I never skip breakfast, no matter what. It’s the most important meal of the day, and it’s my favorite to cook. I like creating new dishes that aren’t typical breakfast dishes. I like a good, hearty, “get you through the first half of the day” kind of meal. Breakfast is the one constant in my day-to-day routine.
What is the most precious gift that you ever gave?
– Shavelle Christian, Kansas City, Mo.
I think loyalty is the greatest gift anyone can give. That means a lot to me.