Jamie Lee Curtis didn’t anticipate to succeed in the busiest level in her four-decade profession now. The truth is, there was a time within the mid-aughts when she talked repeatedly about retiring. “I needed to go away the get together earlier than the get together requested me to go away,” she explains, having watched her actor dad and mom, Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, “cope with the truth that folks weren’t hiring them anymore, and it’s heartbreaking.” She ventured into TV work, podcasting, and beginning a social enterprise, however then her godson, Jake Gyllenhaal, referred to as, desirous to introduce her to director David Gordon Inexperienced, who had an concept for a Halloween film. When she realized that “the script was about generational trauma and confirmed ladies surviving trauma and how they cope with it,” Curtis was prepared not solely to reprise the function she made well-known with the 1978 unique, however to government produce it. 2018’s Halloween went on to turn out to be the largest opener ever with a girl over 55 because the lead. Right here, Curtis talks about this month’s Halloween Kills; her new manufacturing firm, Comet Footage; and the advantages of being the type of particular person folks belief.
Did you ever anticipate to be so busy at 62?
No! It’s a complete shock, and I’m thrilled about it. I imply, take a look at this face! After I got here again after filming the 2018 Halloween film, which was plenty of enjoyable, I assumed: The tragedy of my demise would be the unexpressed creativity that lives in me that I’ve not introduced out into the world. That was the catalyst. After I went residence, I wrote a screenplay [for a climate-change-themed horror movie called Mother Nature] that had been in my head since I used to be 19 years outdated. I had written an overview for it, however I used to be going to present it to someone else to put in writing it. And my husband [actor and filmmaker Christopher Guest] stated to me, “Why don’t you write it?” [That script, which Curtis will direct, led to her forming a company called Comet Pictures, which nabbed a first-look deal with Halloween production firm Blumhouse.] We simply bought 4 TV reveals, a film, and two podcasts. My inventive work is occurring and it’s all due to that point working out. My motto is, “If not now, when? If not me, who?” And so now I simply go for every thing, and I maintain going for it.
After a protracted profession in entrance of the digital camera, you grew to become a producer on the 2018 Halloween revival. What was behind this resolution?
I ought to have been a producer on the 2002 film. [That film] was my concept, however at that second I didn’t have sufficient private integrity to go, “Wait a minute, we’re making this as a result of I simply referred to as everybody—let me produce.” I didn’t try this.
What are you want as a supervisor?
Battle decision has at all times been powerful for me. I’m the product of 9 marriages in my direct household, and they concerned plenty of battle, so I keep away from it. I’m a extremely good cheerleader. I’m an excellent delegator. I’m agency and clear. Present-off enterprise [aka show business] strikes like molasses and I don’t perceive it. On Monday morning, I ask for updates . . . I don’t maintain conferences the place I’m like, “Hello, all people! How’s it going?” I wish to get issues accomplished.
Many followers know you out of your early movies, together with Buying and selling Locations and A Fish Referred to as Wanda. Youthful audiences know you thru Freaky Friday and Knives Out. What’s your relationship with these totally different generations?
I’ve no relationship as a result of I’m a non-public particular person. I dwell a really personal life. I don’t court docket consideration. Whenever you’re as outdated as I’m, you find yourself doing a broad vary of labor, should you’re fortunate sufficient. When Halloween comes out, I’m going to be the AARP cowl woman, and [at the same time], I proceed to put in writing books for younger kids—a brand new one will probably be out in 2023. I’ve positively checked some demographic containers, however there hasn’t been a plan.
You’ve additionally been in some memorable advert campaigns, starring in commercials for Hertz, L’eggs, and Activia. What do you assume makes you such a sought-after spokesperson?
I’m a advertising and marketing and promoting exec’s dream woman. I’ve created a [personal] model with some integrity—folks know me for truth-telling. I didn’t essentially plan it, however my model began to turn out to be clearer to me once I started to get employed by corporations to promote their merchandise. Audiences belief me.
How do you choose which manufacturers to symbolize?
Nearly each job I’ve ever taken [is] as a result of it’s the job that got here my method. I’ve by no means been somebody who sits there looking at a sequence of affords.
You’ve spoken about the truth that you don’t wish to get any extra cosmetic surgery. Do you assume Hollywood magnificence requirements are altering?
I attempted cosmetic surgery and it didn’t work. It obtained me hooked on Vicodin. I’m 22 years sober now. The present development of fillers and procedures, and this obsession with filtering, and the issues that we do to regulate our look on Zoom are wiping out generations of magnificence. When you mess together with your face, you possibly can’t get it again.
You’re very lively on Instagram, and considered one of your kids’s books is titled Me, Myselfie & I. What’s your relationship like with social media?
I exploit social media to promote issues and amplify issues I care about. Interval. The remainder is most cancers. I by no means learn one remark. I imagine I can do my job and have a non-public life. I imagine within the separation of church and state. I imagine that I don’t owe anyone something as soon as I’ve accomplished my work. I’m by nature a super-friendly particular person, however I even have a really clear boundary of what’s acceptable and inappropriate for me to share. There’s some exceptional good that has come from social media: I like the publicity to superb folks doing superb issues, to activism. The very best instance is Greta Thunberg. I’ve been impressed watching the motion she created. It’s additionally very harmful. It’s like giving a series noticed to a toddler. We simply don’t know the longitudinal impact, mentally, spiritually, and bodily, on a era of younger people who find themselves in agony due to social media, due to the comparisons to others. All of us who’re sufficiently old know that it’s all a lie. It’s an actual hazard to younger folks.
Are there any accounts you prefer to observe?
I do love watching marriage ceremony proposals on TikTok, like flash mob proposals. I used to be in Hungary filming a film, alone and distant from residence, and I might simply return to my room and watch marriage ceremony proposals.
You clearly like doing new issues. You had been an early proponent of hydrogen-fueled vehicles, and you’ve gotten a patent on a diaper design and a philanthropic e-commerce retailer [see sidebar]. What drives these explorations?
One in all my favourite phrases is “Be the place your ft are,” which type of will get me out of my head and places me into motion. I imagine my secret sauce is my antenna. I’m an autodidact, and I feel I can choose up what’s going on. I’m open to new experiences, and my antenna has saved me prescient.
Jamie Lee Curtis, Innovator
“I’m an concepts particular person,” Curtis says. “I want somebody would simply give me an workplace and let me generate concepts as a result of that’s what I’m doing on a regular basis.” These are a few of her greatest.
A Faster Change
Curtis patented a diaper design in 1987 that includes a pocket containing wipes, to allow them to be taken out with one hand. She refused to let the diaper be put to market till corporations promote biodegradable diapers, and refiled the patent in 2017.
A Cleaner Experience
Curtis didn’t invent the expertise, however she was an early evangelist for hydrogen gas cell power and efficiently lobbied to obtain one of many first 200 Honda Readability sedans, which run on the gas, after they had been launched in 2008.
Keepsakes for a Trigger
In the course of the pandemic, Curtis launched My Hand in Yours, a market for wellness merchandise, artwork, and equipment, with all proceeds going to Kids’sHospital Los Angeles.
Perception for Youngsters … and Grown-ups
Curtis is the writer of 13 kids’s books with illustrator Laura Connell. Older audiences can tune into her iHeartRadio podcast, Good Buddy, the place she talks to friends, together with Robin Wright and Michelle Williams, about friendship.