Reason Jamie Lee Curtis Refuses To Color Hair And Wear Heels
Jan 10, 2021 by apost team
It is so common for Hollywood celebrities to do whatever they can to keep themselves looking as young as possible. Cosmetic procedures, expensive treatments — you name it, they have done it. Jamie Lee Curtis used to be a celebrity who would go to great lengths to make sure that she looks good. But she has since realized what is best for her. Read on to learn why the "Halloween" actress no longer gets her hair dyed and doesn't wear heels anymore!
Under A Microscope
Celebrities are always under scrutiny. They could do something as simple as go for a coffee run or get groceries, and they will be criticized for how they look, who they are with, the clothing they have on, and so on. Many of them go to great and not-so-healthy lengths to keep up their appearances, and Curtis was one of those celebrities. But now, at 62 years old, she no longer feels the pressure to conform to these standards and hasn't for a long time. She has a full head of white and does not dye her hair anymore. She has also quit wearing high heels. Here’s why.
In an interview with The Telegraph back in 2002, Curtis revealed that she had plastic surgery done when she was in her 30s. She had hoped that going under the knife would help her achieve her desired youthful looks but later realized that none of it worked and that it was not worth the trouble. “I’ve done it all. I’ve had a little plastic surgery. I’ve had a little lipo. I’ve had a little Botox. And you know what? None of it works. None of it,” she said to the newspaper.
In the same interview, she says she had been so scared about turning old that she coped by drinking alcohol and then later found herself struggling with an addiction to both drinking and pills. She needed professional help, but the producers and directors that she was working with at the time only pressured her to go under the knife again. Curtis recalled an incident that really shook her up. “Ten years ago, before anybody did that, I had fat taken from underneath my eyes because I was in a movie and I was puffy,” Curtis shared. “I remember the cameraman saying: ‘I can’t shoot her now.’ I remember being mortified.” Fortunately, Curtis got into rehab where she not only decided that she was going to give up her bad habit of drinking and taking pills but also never to get cosmetic surgery again.
The actress added that medical procedures that are supposed to enhance your looks are not without risk. “And there is this illusion that once you do it, then you’ll be fine. And that’s just horse****. I looked worse,” she said. According to Variety, Curtis has been sober since around 1999. While at rehab, which she entered voluntarily, Curtis told herself that she would no longer care about what other people thought of the way she looked — and this included embracing her grays and quitting high heels. These days, Lee Curtis continues to rock her natural silver hairs and does it while wearing comfortable footwear.
Curtis appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show six years later to reiterate her point about self-confidence, authenticity, and how uninteresting she finds clothing. “I have never represented glam,” the actress said to Winfrey during an interview on her talk show back in 2008. “That is the interesting thing. You will never see me on the front row of a fashion show. I am uninterested in it. I find it trivial and banal and boring.” Curtis added that clothing is the least intriguing thing that a woman could pay any attention to.
“I am so much more interested in what is going on in the world today, and what we are thinking, and how we are feeling,” she explained to the host. The women had been talking about the differences in the way they were dressed: Curtis in muted colors, Winfrey in bright orange. Winfrey mentioned to Curtis that people have told her that the actress has now “glammed down.” “And so for me, the idea of glamming down is really diminishing when I am talking about … the detritus of my life,” the actress said to the host.
Curtis emphasized that women should just dress in the way that they feel most like their true selves. “That is why I respect you so much,” Curtis says to Winfrey. “You represent you.” The actress added that people are naturally more interested in getting to know other people, what they are thinking, and how they are feeling based on who they really are.
She goes on to say that finding her authenticity was a “process”:
Jamie Lee Curtis (1978), (Paul Harris/Getty Images/Getty Images)
“It has been a process of evolution and that to me is what I think women are really trying to find which is their essential self. What works for them in their family, what works for them in themselves, clothing, weight, hair, marriages, children, choices, all of those things sort of boil down to this essential you which I am now, luckily, finding,” she said. “You drop the rock of the burden of trying to figure that out and then you’re free and that to me is what being older is — it is freedom to finally learn.”
Curtis is clearly very passionate about self-love and acceptance. In 2018, she submitted an essay to NBC News that goes into detail about society's overall problem with addiction to technology and how that could lead to us becoming unhappy when we compare our lives with the lives of others.
In the essay, she warns all of us who are parents that it's our responsibility as adults to break this unhealthy chain of screen addiction before it infects the younger generations in our society.
Curtis points to social media's ability to hook people into an unhealthy focus on the personal lives of other people, as well as a self-focused mentality. If a person isn't careful, it can devolve from a platform for interacting with friends to becoming obsessed with who can get the most likes and shares. She highlights the fact that people who spend excessive amounts of time on social media can become unhappy, comparing their lives with the lives of others.Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Guest (1989), (Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images)
The actress then offers a solution to the problem: setting boundaries for screen time that are in effect not just for the children but also for parents. This would include turning our phones off when the kids are around for certain specified periods of time. She stresses that this is the only way our children are going to learn healthy personal interaction with those around them.
Curtis feels so strongly about this topic that she actually wrote a children's book about it, entitled “Me, Myselfie & I: A Cautionary Tale.” When children read her book, she hopes it will inspire them to actually tell their parents that they want them to put their phones away and pay more attention to them.
She hopes her lighthearted yet poignant children's book will serve as a catalyst to meaningful conversations about a serious topic. Curtis also says how after raising a family she has time to live out her past ideas.
Tony Curtis, Jamie Lee Curtis (1991), (Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images)
"Now, I'm healthy and strong, but I'm 60. And I've raised my family, and now it's time for me to manifest creativity that has been inside me. The movie I wrote for Blumhouse, which is an eco-horror movie called "Mother Nature," I had the idea when 18 years old.”
Like her mother, "Psycho" actress Janet Leigh, Curtis rose to fame as a horror actress, most notably in the "Halloween" movies. Now she has moved from screaming in front of the camera to screaming behind it, making her horror and feature film directing debut with the movie "Mother Nature." The film promises a climate-change-themed fright flick. Curtis’ movie label Comet Pictures recently inked a first-look deal with Blumhouse Productions. They praised Curtis’ first-rate work. Their excellent relationship with Curtis arose from working with her on "Halloween."
Curtis is currently co-writing the project with Russell Goldman, Comet Pictures Head of Film and TV Development, according to Entertainment Weekly. Curtis claims to have learned much from her longtime husband, Christopher Guest, who has several directing credits. Curtis acknowledges that she plans to lean on him for advice if and when she needs it. Both Blumhouse and Curtis believe that her talents will bring the project to successful completion.
Curtis returned to the Halloween series in 2018, with the sequel titled "Halloween." It broke numerous box office records, including the largest box office debut for a horror film with a female lead star and largest opening for any movie with a female lead star over age 55. In addition to starring in the film, Curtis served as the executive producer.
Curtis will executive produce two more "Halloween" movies, "Halloween Kills" and "Halloween Ends." Halloween Ends will premiere on October 15, 2021.
While "Mother Nature" marks Curtis’ first feature-length directing job, she possesses experience behind the camera. Curtis directed episodes of the TV series "Scream Queens" and "Anything But Love".Jamie Lee Curtis (1995), (Jim Smeal/Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images)
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