‘Halloween Ends’ Scream Queen Jamie Lee Curtis Reflects on the Film Franchise That Launched Her Career
She's also open to a 'Freaky Friday' sequel where she plays a hot grandma.
Diehard viewers aren’t quite sure this is where the story really ends, however, based on previous teasers, but leading lady Jamie Lee Curtis has revealed to the press that Halloween Ends is living up to the promise of its title.
Curtis has been in seven of the films over a span of 44 years, where she began as a “frightened babysitter-turned-bonafide badass playing Laurie Strode,” according to Forbes.
In an exclusive interview for Buzzfeed, Curtis explained that she kept her trust in the writing and directing to support her character, having little input of her own other than portraying the role. Talk about a team player!
She also discusses how Laurie’s character would have dealt with some major trauma over the years, which feels extremely relevant with how mental health and wellness are treated more seriously now than in the past.
“Laurie has never gotten any help or support for it,” Curtis states, in reference to how chasing, being chased, and taking on murderers with a meat cleaver might, ya know, mess someone up.
“At the time, they would have put a bandage on her arm and sent her back to school,” she continues. Nobody would have ever talked about it, and Laurie would have never gotten any help.”
Halloween, the 1978 movie that started it all, helped launch her film career as one of her first real roles; since then, she’s cracked up audiences in A Fish Called Wanda, switched lives with Lindsay Lohan in Freaky Friday, and helped restore order to the universe as the disgruntled Deirdre Beaubeirdra in Everything Everywhere All At Once.
Now that Laurie Strode’s character is being put to rest (metaphorically! Not a spoiler!), Curtis is open for new projects. She’s set to star in Disney’s Haunted Mansion, and, speaking of reuniting with old co-stars, she’s “creatively open” to a Freaky Friday sequel.
Deadline reported that the topic was broached by Sarah Haines during an interview with Curtis for The View.
“Let me be the old grandma who switches places,” she declared. “So then Lindsay [Lohan] gets to be the sexy grandma who’s still happy with Mark Harmon in all the ways you would be happy with Mark Harmon.”
“I would like to see Lindsay be the hot grandma, and I would like to see me try to deal with toddlers today,” she continued. I want to be a helicopter parent in today’s world.”
Retired Scream Queen Hot Grandma sounds like an Oscar-worthy combination, to be honest. We’re here for it, in whatever Curtis takes on next.