No one will be able to bring Jamie Lee Curtis down from her present post-Oscars high.
The Everything Everywhere All At Once star spoke about her huge win and what it’s been like to become the proud new owner of a coveted Academy Award on the Today show earlier in March.
She also discussed how she planned 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.”
The 64-year-old actor took home her first Academy Award for her role in Everything Everywhere All at Once.
“My mother and my father were both nominated for Oscars in different categories,” Curtis said. “I just won an Oscar!”
She expressed her gratitude to her family and everyone who have supported her “genre flicks” since she started her career in 1977 during an emotional acceptance speech.
On March 14, Curtis virtually joined Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on the Today show, where she admitted that she was still in shock.
“I never thought in a million years that I would have this couple days, and I’m very moved by the whole thing.”
Curtis revealed the beautiful explanation behind her decision not to give the figurine a name when asked if she had come up with a name for it.
She would refer to her Oscar statuette as they/them in honor of her 26-year-old daughter Ruby (Curtis revealed her youngest kid was transgender in 2021).
“In support of my daughter Ruby, I’m having them be a they/them,” the actor said. “I’m just going to call them ‘them’, they/them, and they are doing great.”
“They’re settling in.”
A youngster coming out as trans comes with a steep learning curve, according to Jamie Lee.
“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 is pretending to know much about it. And I’m going to blow it.
“I’m going to make mistakes. I would like 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 has avoided the spotlight her entire life while descended from a Hollywood dynasty; she currently works 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 — those are two separate things,” the two-time Golden Globe winner said.
Oh Jamie! We’re so happy you finally prevailed. It was long overdue and utterly deserving.
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