Jamie Lee Curtis: ‘Trauma is a generational disease’

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A lot of folks are excited about the new Halloween movie, and it seems to be because Jamie Lee Curtis is back to reprise her role as Laurie Strode and kick some Michael Myers butt.

Jamie, along with her co-stars Andi Matichak and Judy Greer, who play her granddaughter and daughter, spoke with People magazine. They talked about the new movie and the role it plays in the age of Me Too and Times Up.

The 59-year-old actress, who has been a vocal supporter of victims, told the magazine that “Ultimately as we are learning in so many areas, women are trying to take back the narrative in their own lives from men who have abused them, in myriad ways. And this is just one example of it.” This mirrors the comments she made at San Diego Comic Con back in July.

As for the evolution of her character Laurie, from a tormented teen to a gun-toting grandma out for revenge, she said:

“I don’t know if 40 years ago I would have ever thought that Laurie Strode would have a daughter, let alone a granddaughter. I just don’t think I ever took it that far. Trauma is a generational disease because it affects everybody in the family. So that’s what I think is so exciting about [this film]. They’ve explored that through the relationships between mother, daughter, granddaughter.”

Judy added that it’s great that audiences will see Laurie showing “no fear” in the new film, telling Jamie, “I think you’re kicking all of the ass now and you’re trying to take control of the situation.” Have I mentioned how excited I am that Judy Greer is in this movie?

I am a big fan of films with strong female characters, and I have a feeling that I am going to love this movie. Jamie is truly one of my personal heroes and inspirations – and I know she’s got “control of the situation.”

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  1. Enough Already says:

    I’ve been neck-deep in genealogy research lately and I can tell you this is so true. It is fascinating how info I’ve uncovered from over 100 years ago explains family dynamics that I’ve observed in my own lifetime.

    • Nikki says:

      My best friend came from a really messed up family. Many years later she found out her mom had been molested by her grandfather. It certainly explained a lot about why her mom had issues, some of which really impacted how she raised her kids. Many families have dysfunction, and it can have repercussions for generations, especially when there are multiple “secrets”.

  2. Astrid says:

    JLC is a treasure

  3. Mego says:

    Can this woman be any more awesome?

  4. Jc says:

    Her daughter went to college in my town (village, actually) so she was a frequent visitor. No one has ever had anything but the best things to say about her. She really is a class act.

  5. Esmom says:

    I love the photo of the three generations. Lovely ladies. Jamie is the best.

  6. mom2two says:

    She’s right.

    in my counseling program, we often had clients do a trauma histogram (this included physical/mental/spiritual/verbal abuse, major medical events within the family, addictions, accidents, stressful jobs,death, etc).

  7. ChillyWilly says:

    @ Jc
    that’s so nice to hear! I love Jamie and her hubs. They both seem so classy, smart and hilarious! I can’t wait for this movie.Halloween is my all time favorite horror movie.

  8. Nicole says:

    Beyond excited for this movie! The original badass in these types of films\genre! I am so there!

  9. maggiegrace says:

    She is so beautiful.

  10. Sparkly says:

    I finally saw Halloween after the article the other day. I’m looking forward to watching the new one.