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This "Halloween", Jamie Lee Curtis Reckons with 40 years of trauma: NPR

Watch out, Michael Myers, Laurie Strode [Jamie Lee Curtis] is ready for you.

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Watch out, Michael Myers, Laurie Strode [Jamie Lee Curtis] is ready for you.

Andre Eccles / Universal Pictures

Forty years ago, the horror fans were introduced to masked killer Michael Myers, a stalker of babysitters in a small town in Illinois. The film was, of course, Halloween . And it was the debut of Jamie Lee Curtis that played Laurie Strode – the original "end girl" character who barely escaped the slaughter. Curtis appeared in three more episodes and even died in one. She thought she had left this character behind.

"I did not intend to be another Halloween movie," she says – but that's exactly what she's done, once again her role as Strode in the new Halloween , Curtis says what convinced her to return was the approach taken by director David Gordon Green and screenwriter Danny McBride: Ignore the other seven sequels. Focus on what happened to Laurie Strode since Michael Myers attacked her in 1978. "In this movie, 40 years later, we really find out what happens when someone is traumatized at the age of 17 and does not get any help. Laurie Strode, I think, got bandaged on November 1, 1978 Return to school after she had lost all her best friends and survived this attack. "

Interview Highlights [19659012] On Laurie's Trauma

She left school on October 31, a dreamer, an intellectual, someone who would have gone to Brown and changed the world. And instead, on November 1st, she went back to school, a freak. And that happens with a trauma, it brands you. People show and go, "Oh my God, there's Laurie Strode, she's the one who survived!" And it took away her innocence.

To the extent that she has lost everything – she ended up in a few relationships that failed, she ended up with a child, the state came and took the child from her, because she was an inappropriate mother. Unable, because her only goal, every day, was to prepare her daughter for Michael Myers to come back.

On people telling Laurie to get over it

Everyone is trying to tell her to get over it. I think that was the kind of chorus in her ear since she was 17 years old. And in a strange way, you know, all of our ways are to distance ourselves from that person's trauma. Nobody really wants to go into it. And it's a lot easier to give someone a painkiller and say, "Get over it."

On their closeness to the character

This movie … it was a role – I was in a TV series previously where I was one of six women with maybe two lines a week, every week – and here was a script that was totally a character. A full character with a really emotional and dramatic arc. Honestly, her name was in every part of the script and I was thrilled. I'm a bit smart, I have a trash-talk mouth, I'm not an intellectual, I'm a big, emotional hug. And here was the role of a quiet, intellectual, oppressed, virgin dreamer walking down the street and singing to her … You know, there was a romance for her. And so she was the best role for me, really, that I could ever play.

She never thought she would succeed in acting despite her Hollywood pedigree

I never thought about it for a second. I was not very pretty – I was cute. I had gray teeth from my mother who took tetracycline when I was in utero. I was not very talented, could not sing and could not play music theater – I just turned up. My point is, I'm sitting here at the age of 60, talking about a movie I've been involved with for 40 years. About something that is about something, and that all of my life experiences have contributed to that moment, is something that I had no idea it would happen … I have gone through the world and seen tall people with astonishment from this moment.

I worked hard, but I do not expect it – and that's what a gift is, if you do not expect something, and then it's given to you, and you open it and go, "wow thanks!" This is incredible, and that's what David Gordon Green and Danny McBride gave me as they allowed me to explain and honor the courage and tenacity of Laurie Strode with the film Halloween all of them It represents women who have been attacked, all the women who had to fight back, all the women who survived, and that is a privilege and not something that I take lightly.

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