Nobody can make Jamie Lee Curtis descend from the high she feels following the Oscars.
The Everything Everywhere All At Once actress appeared on the Today show earlier in March to discuss her big victory, what it’s been like to live as the happy new owner of a highly sought-after Academy Award, and how she intends to refer to her statue.
“The longing for attention and appreciation for your work is universal,” Curtis said. “Whatever job you do, you hope someone appreciates you. And this is a really lovely, shiny gesture of appreciation.”
For her work in Everything Everywhere All at Once, the 64-year-old actress won her first Academy Award.
“My mother and father were nominated for Oscars in different categories,” Curtis said. “I just won an Oscar!”
She gave an emotional acceptance address in which she thanked her family and everyone who has helped her “genre movies” since she started her career in 1977.
Curtis virtually joined Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie on the Today program on March 14, where she admitted that she was still in shock.
“I never thought in a million years I would have this couple of days, and the whole thing moves me.”
When questioned if she had come up with a name for her statue, Curtis revealed the sweet explanation for her decision not to give the statue a name.
She would address her Oscar statuette as they/them in honor of her 26-year-old daughter Ruby, who was disclosed to be transgender in 2021 by Curtis.
“In support of my daughter Ruby, I’m having them be they/them,” the actor said. “I’m just going to call them ‘them,’ they/them and they are doing great.”
“They’re settling in.”
Ruby Guest, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Annie Guest attend the Universal Pictures World Premiere of “Halloween Ends” on October 11, 2022, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
Jamie Lee says a kid coming out as trans has a steep learning curve.
“It’s speaking a new language,” she said. “It’s learning new terminology and words. I am new at it. I am not someone who pretends to know much about it. And I’m going to blow it.
“I’m going to make mistakes. I want to try to avoid making big mistakes,” she continued.
“You still mess up; I’ve messed up today twice. We’re human.”
“But if one person reads this, sees a picture of Ruby and me, and says, ‘I feel free to say this is who I am,’ then it’s worth it.”
Ruby, who hails from a Hollywood family, has shied away from the limelight and is currently employed as a video editor for a YouTube gamer.
“I knew Ruby had had a boyfriend. I knew that Ruby had used the word bi. But gender identity and sexual orientation are two separate things,” the two-time Golden Globe winner said.
Aww, Jamie! We’re so glad you finally won. It was a long time coming, and so, so well-deserved.
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