In the sequel to the famous thriller, Jamie again plays Laurie Strode, a woman trying to survive in the fight against an assassin.  Still from the movie

In the sequel to the famous thriller, Jamie again plays Laurie Strode, a woman trying to survive in the fight against an assassin. Still from the movie “Halloween Kills”, 2021

The stately, strong-willed Jamie Lee Curtis was the epitome of a strong woman long before it became mainstream. The images she created entered the iconostasis of the 20th century cinema, for which, at the recent Venice Film Festival, the actress – much to her surprise! – presented with the honorary “Golden Lion”.

“I want to be free like a bird”

– I became an actress by accident, I never dreamed of being one! – exclaims Jamie Lee. – It happened in my freshman year of college, during the Christmas celebrations, and in January I was already an actress. From that first time on the set, when I was, I don’t remember exactly, 18 or 19 years old, to this day I am wildly delighted that I am doing this particular profession. When I park my car and see my name in the parking space, I feel energized. It’s the same when I come to the set. Who would have thought that I would do this? I have never been obsessed with cinema, I do not know its history so well, although I am interested in it, of course. I am a simple person who ended up in a movie! And now it excites me even more than when I was 19 years old.

The actress came to the Venice Film Festival in a stunning dress.  And she received the Golden Lion.  Photo: Keystone Press Agency / Global Look Press

The actress came to the Venice Film Festival in a stunning dress. And she received the Golden Lion. Photo: Keystone Press Agency / Global Look Press

– How did you feel when the world’s oldest film festival, Venice, awarded you the Golden Lion?

– You can imagine! I was surprised and delighted. I have never been invited to this festival, I have never had films in the competition. Although, maybe, there were, but I personally never represented them. I’ve never walked on a red Venetian carpet! It was all so touching, but nevertheless I wanted to remain myself, with my sense of humor, my down-to-earthness. Realizing the importance of the moment, nevertheless be true to yourself, because at pretentious events you feel connected. And I wanted to be free like a bird. And there was! This is a wonderful experience – no doubt the only one in my life! But the main thing is 100% unexpected: “Come on! Well stop it! It can not be!” – that was my reaction.

– What films of yours do you consider the most important for yourself?

– It all started with “Halloween” – thanks to this film I met director John Landis, who gave me a role in the comedy “Trading Places”. It was a chance for me to try myself in a fundamentally different genre. And then John Cleese watched this film and wrote “A Fish Called Wanda” for me, and James Cameron watched “Fish …” and wrote “True Lies” for me. These were the main moments of my life – because these roles were written especially for me, for my voice. John Carpenter did not write Halloween with me in mind, and Cleese and Cameron did. It’s a completely different feeling. It’s like putting on a suit made especially for you. It suits you so much that you feel completely free in it!

– Your heroine in “Halloween” raised her daughter in a warlike spirit. Do you yourself feel the need to protect your children?

– Parents are the first teachers of their children.

I hope I taught them to speak the truth, be honest and stand for some principles. As in the song of the group “Pretenders”: “Give me a revolution! I want to die for something! ” I myself stand for things that are important to me, and I hope this is an example for them.

Then the heroine Curtis more than once had to run from the maniac (still from the movie “Halloween: Resurrection”, 2002).

– Have you ever had a terrible maniac from “Halloween” Michael Myers in nightmares?

– If he had appeared, at 62, I would not have continued to work in the cinema, but would have been lying somewhere in an insane asylum. I have dreams, but reality interests me more. I achieved in it that I never even dreamed of!

– When you were filming the first “Halloween”, could you imagine that forty years later you will be playing in its sequel?

– No, that would be impossible. I was young, like everyone else who worked on this film for, by the way, tiny money. All I knew on the set was that I was acting in a movie, which means that it was not me on the screen. For a young actor, this is a good opportunity to understand himself. And no one can know anything in advance. Anyone who says otherwise is lying. We just made this film to show our best side in the hope that after it we will be offered another job.

The very first “Halloween” was filmed in 1978. Still from the movie “Halloween”, 1978

– During these 43 years, the heroine of “Halloween” has changed significantly.

– As I! We are all hostages to the circumstances of our lives. Each of us has our own traumas, losses and joys. By going through these life lessons, we grow. She thinks Michael Myers is dead and she might forget a little about the fact that she is a warrior. But it was not there! At 62, of course, I am completely different from myself at 50, 42 or 17 years old. At the beginning of this story, my heroine was a young, innocent girl who dreamed of being kissed by a boy. Then terrible things happened to her. In the 2018 film, we see that her whole life was spent trying to get revenge. In the new one, there is a little hope and even a hint of a happy ending …

Watch the video

HALLOWEEN KILLS Trailer At the cinema from October 21

Private bussiness

Jamie Lee CURTIS was born November 22, 1958 in Los Angeles into a family of legendary actors Janet Lee (“Psychosis” by Alfred Hitchcock) and Tony Curtis (Josephine in the comedy “There are only girls in jazz”). In 20 years, she became famous, starring in the low-budget horror movie “Halloween”. For her role in James Cameron’s blockbuster “True Lies” she was awarded the Golden Globe. Since 1984 she has been married to actor and director Christopher Guest, thanks to which she is a Baroness. Has two children – Annie and Thomas Guest.

5 best movies by Jamie Lee Curtis

Hellouin (1978/2018)

“Swap Places” (1983)

“A Fish Called Wanda” (1988)

True Lies (1994)

“Get the knives” (2019)

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