Jamie Lee Curtis Dislikes Term ‘Anti-Aging’ — Questions Motive Behind Wanting To ‘Look 17 When You’re 70’
Oct 16, 2021 by apost team
Jamie Lee Curtis has been a pinnacle icon in the film and television industry since the late 1970s when she rose to fame with her starring role in the horror franchise "Halloween." The successful actress has played a variety of characters in her many career avenues, with some of her most notable roles being a mother, such as her part in "Freaky Friday."
Curtis is a mother herself and has even proven to be a pretty cool mom since both she and her daughter used to rock their corresponding gray hairstyles together — albeit hers is natural and her daughter's was dyed. Being in the industry for so long has taught Curtis the importance of staying youthful and relevant, but she also learned this from her famous parents — actor Tony Curtis and actress Janet Leigh.
Although her parents are no longer with her, Curtis has kept hold of their memories and everything that they taught her, especially their wisdom about what to do to stay successful as an actress herself. Watching her parents hold onto their youth as they grew old in Hollywood helped prepare Curtis for her own future as an aging actress.
Getting consistent work and staying famous can be harder for stars as they grow older, especially because fewer roles tend to be available. At 62, the star is still glowing and glamorous and has no plans to slow down her still thriving career. Curtis has thanked her parents for the wisdom and knowledge they passed down to her about how to age gracefully while in the spotlight.
During a podcast interview with People in June 2021, Curtis talked about how she learned to be mindful about aging while staying relevant in Hollywood thanks to her famous parents. "I'm the child of movie stars," she said. "I watched my parents get face lifts and neck lifts."
Although her parents did what they could to still look youthful, the harsh reality of Hollywood is that not all stars are able to shine for their entire careers. "I watched their work diminish, I watched their fame not diminish," Curtis explained. "And the contradiction of a lot of fame, but not a lot of work, is really hard to navigate for people." Curtis talked about how it is "very hard to be famous but not be doing the thing that made you famous. And that for the rest of your life, you're famous for something you did a long time ago, and you chase that attention."
Having the opportunity to watch her parents' careers play out and see how their wave of success went up and down despite being such legends in the acting industry really helped Curtis prepare for when it came to be her own time to experience the reality of being an older actress. "I wanted to be mindful, as the daughter of stars," Curtis said. "And so, I was hedging my bets, 'cause I don't want to be the person pining away for work and not getting it. It's humiliating and it's a hard business. It's all about what you look like."
Curtis had previously talked about the idea of retirement. “I wanted to leave the party before the party asked me to leave,” she explained. However, her career hasn’t slowed down and she is busier than ever.
Curtis started her own production company named Comet Pictures after deciding to write and direct her own horror film called “Mother Nature.” She shared: “We just sold four TV shows, a movie, and two podcasts. My creative work is happening and it’s all because of that time running out. My motto is, ‘If not now, when? If not me, who?’ And so now I just go for everything, and I keep going for it.”
With her full schedule, Curtis is still one of the greatest natural beauties in Hollywood, and she has a good reason to hate cosmetic surgery. She shared with Fast Company:
“I tried plastic surgery and it didn’t work. It got me addicted to Vicodin. I’m 22 years sober now. The current trend of fillers and procedures, and this obsession with filtering, and the things that we do to adjust our appearance on Zoom are wiping out generations of beauty. Once you mess with your face, you can’t get it back.”
Curtis spoke on the same topic with Lorraine Keane. "I have been an advocate for natural beauty for a long time, mostly because I've had the trial and error of the other part,” she said. “I did plastic surgery — it didn't work. I hated it. It made me feel worse.”
The star continued, "I've also been an advocate for not (messing) with your face. And the term 'anti-aging.' What? What are you talking about? We're all going to age. We’re all gonna die. Why do you want to look 17 when you're 70? I want to look 70 when I'm 70!"Jamie Lee Curtis(2021), (Matt Winkelmeyer/WireImage/Getty images)
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