Jamie Lee Curtis says that when she posed nude at age 50, “people lost their minds.”
On Saturday night, actress Jamie Lee Curtis was honored with a Career Achievement Award from AARP The Magazine. But this isn’t the first time the publication, which focuses on people 50 and older, has shown love to the star.
In an Instagram post shared ahead of the magazine’s annual Adult Film Awards, Curtis, 64, reflected on the nude photo he appeared on the cover of the May/June 2008 issue. Then 50, the Halloween star caused quite a stir when he posed nude in a swimming pool for an Andrew Eccles shot.
“People thought I was nude!” Curtis shared her first Oscar nomination for her supporting role in “All at Once”. “A perfect statement of how weird it is for people to have any kind of sexuality with older people.”
Curtis’ post was supported by the likes of Naomi Watts and her former Freaky Friday co-star Lindsay Lohan. Supermodel Paulina Porizkova is no stranger to provocative photo shoots that challenge conventional wisdom about aging, commenting, “Yes. Obviously, older women should give it up.”
Curtis makes no apologies for growing old on her own terms. In a 2008 issue, the True Lies star talked about letting her hair – now silver, nearly 15 years later – turn gray and learning to love her mature self.
“I want to get older,” she told the magazine. “I actually think the amount of self-awareness increases incredibly as we get older. I feel so much better now than I did when I was 20. I’m stronger, I’m smarter in every way, but I’m a lot less crazy than I was then.”
In recent years, the Trading Places actress has openly expressed society’s obsession with plastic surgery – which she admits to trying and hating – and the use of filters to make herself look younger.
Appearing on the British talk show Lorraine in 2021, she said: “I’ve always been an advocate of not messing with your face, too. And the word ‘anti-aging’.” What? What are you talking about? We’re all going to fucking age me 70!”
Last year Curtis shared that she was more focused on acceptance than vanity.
“When I brush my teeth, of course I look in the mirror,” she said said during a presentation at the Radical Reinvention of Aging Summit. “When I pluck my eyebrows, sure, I look in the mirror. But when I get out of the shower, I don’t stare in the mirror at my now 63-year-old body. I don’t deny what I look like, but of course I’ve seen what I look like. I’m trying to live in acceptance. If I look in the mirror, I have a harder time being accepted. I’m more picky. However, if I just you don’t look, I’m not that worried.”
At this weekend’s Adult Film Awards, Curtis expressed her gratitude for aging.
“Ultimately, what I love most about adults is that we’re more alike than different – adults show up in suits every day, regardless of the way we’re dealt,” she said in her acceptance speech. “It’s the beauty of being an adult, and I’m honored to be considered one because it’s a badge of honor that I proudly wear on my face, body, mind and soul.”