With a career spanning five different decades, there’s no question why Jamie Lee Curtis was this year’s recipient of the Venice Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award, even though she couldn’t quite believe it. The actress has no lack of confidence in her acting ability, but more that she finds it strange to be honored in such a way while still feeling so young inside. “I feel so alive, like I’m this 14-year-old who’s just starting their lives. That’s how I wake up every day with that kind of joy and purpose,” the 62-year-old said. The Hollywood Reporter. However, when it comes to what she says has been the pinnacle of her career, it all comes back to her most iconic role.
Jamie Lee Curtis couldn’t give the worst moment of her career, but instead said, “I don’t have one. There are hard days in everyone’s jobs. My worst day at work isn’t even starting to scratch the surface of how hard other people are. really work. So I refuse to answer your question.” But when asked what her career highlight was, she picked up a very recent memory from her last bit of filming surprisingly quickly. Halloween in 2018.
“When I was shooting Halloween 2018, the last scene of the movie I had to shoot was a moment when Laurie Strode sat alone in a pickup truck and watched Michael Myers go to a supermax prison where he would spend the rest of his life. will spend And she sees this person who caused her 40 years of trauma to be taken away And the scene was just me alone in a truck When we went shooting it was just my little truck with about 14 cameras around it and cranes and lights and a crew. I was in my trailer, preparing for my job, which was to be emotional and cathartic. It was described as a moment when Laurie reiterates the 40 years since this first happened. I’m someone who likes name tags because everyone knows my name, but often I don’t know anyone else. And so every time I start a project I ask everyone to wear a name tag. And this was now the end of the movie. This is me I made m my last scene before flying home to be back with my family. And as I approached the set, the whole crew stood in silent solidarity with their hands behind their backs. And everyone wore a name tag. And the name tag said, “We’re Laurie Strode.” What they said was, “We’re with you, Jamie, right now. And we know there’s nothing we can do to help you while you’re doing this time of work alone in a pickup truck. We believe in you, because we you.” I have to tell you, that might be the pinnacle of my career.”
Jamie Lee Curtis will appear in the sequel to that movie, Halloween Kills, which is out this month. She doesn’t stop there either, as she also revealed that she can finally bring a decade-long pet project to screens that she named as her dream project. “Just got a project that I’ve been working on for over 10 years, that’s the story of the birth of the high five, who was born to a closed, gay, young black baseball player named Glenn Burke, who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and thought [that form of celebration] on October 2, 1977 at Dodger Stadium. I’ve been trying to tell his story for a long time. I don’t think we can do that until now with Ryan Murphy Television at Netflix.”
For someone now in her sixties, Curtis certainly continues to have the zest for life that has guided her through her career thus far, and receiving a Lifetime Achievement award won’t slow her down in any way.