How Old Was Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween?
The actress has played Laurie Strode since the 1978 original, claiming that the role has become synonymous with her name (WARNING: SPOILERS).
How Old Was Jamie Lee Curtis When Halloween Was Released?
Jamie Lee Curtis, who made her debut in a feature film as Halloween’s Laurie Strode at the age of 19, could not have imagined her incredible career or the eleven sequels to the franchise.
Jamie Lee Curtis played the Halloween “final girl” for the first time at the age of 19 in 1978, when she portrayed Laurie Strode.
Curtis told Drew Barrymore at the New York Comic-Con in October 2022, “What amazed me was that it was an acting role.” “She didn’t look like me, she didn’t dress like me, she didn’t think like me. I just barely graduated high school. She resembled the class valedictorian. I had a genuine opportunity to become an actor. I had never before had this opportunity. That was fantastic in my eyes.”
The film made $47 million worldwide (on a budget of $300,000) and cemented its place in pop culture history.
Halloween II, 1981
Curtis returned to confront Michael Myers in the early 1980s sequel, which did not do as well in theaters but maintained the actress’s star power.
At Comic-Con, Curtis told Barrymore, “I wouldn’t have anything in my life without Laurie Strode.” “Nothing. My career would not exist. My family would not exist.”
Halloween H20, 1998
Curtis took a nearly 20-year break from the franchise, returning for the sixth film written by Kevin Williamson alongside teen idols Josh Hartnett and Michelle Williams. The film was a success, grossing over $55 million at the box office.
Curtis stated at Comic-Con in October 2022 that she wanted the series to end with Myers’ death. However, studio executives were opposed. She stated, “I’m not going to do it again; I’m not going to tease the audience.” “I thought of a way to end it.”
Halloween: Resurrection, 2002
After H20 ended with Strode killing an innocent man and Resurrection began with her being institutionalized, this concept was explored in the 2002 film.
“I said… you must kill me in the first ten minutes of the film because I’ve killed an innocent man and I can’t live with that,” she said at Comic-Con. So did the filmmakers.
To the joy of theatergoers, Curtis was unable to stay away. The 2018 film picked up where the 1978 film left off, effectively glossing over the previous sequels and launching a new trilogy.
“[Director David Gordon Green] sent me a script and said she spent 40 years emotionally and physically hiding behind barbed wire,” Curtis said of the character at Comic-Con, as reported by syfy.com. “Michael Myers will return at the sacrifice of her daughter and granddaughter, she knows. It was an extraordinary video about Laurie’s trauma.”
She added, “It was a beautiful film about a woman taking control of her life, and it coincided with women around the world standing up, taking control of their lives, and proclaiming “Me Too, Me Too, Time Is Up and Me Too.”