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Jamie Lee Curtis Admits She Struggled To Get Cast Following The Original ‘Halloween’ Film

After decades of excellent performances from the legendary Jamie Lee Curtis, her recent comments about finding work after her seminal debut in Halloween may surprise some.

Though the 1978 Halloween film is one of her most famous roles, she made clear that—while it changed her life—it did so very gradually:

“The truth of the matter is, Halloween changed my life over the course of a period of time. It did not change my life immediately. Honestly, I didn’t get any work after I finished Halloween. I didn’t do anything. The only work I got was a Charlie’s Angels episode where I’m Cheryl Ladd’s best friend, and a pro-golfer, and we wrestle alligators in an episode, and an episode of Love Boat where my mother plays my mother and I’m going on my honeymoon.”

It was then that the film’s creator, John Carpenter, who noticed something was up:

“It was because the movie was successful, and I wasn’t getting any work, John Carpenter wrote the part in The Fog for me. And then once I did The Fog, I was able to get a couple of other horror movies, Prom Night and Terror Train, [and] start to make a little money.”

While the movie may not have made her a sensation overnight, Twitter users are making it clear that Halloween has stood the test of time and the upcoming sequel has many getting nostalgic.

Early responses to the sequel have been over the moon.

It may have taken others a while to catch on, but now America can’t get enough of Laurie Strode or Jamie Lee Curtis!

H/T: EW, The List

Written by Evan Brechtel

Evan Brechtel is a writer and actor living in New York. A Fordham University graduate, he also writes a monthly column for Chosen Magazine and is currently working on a historical fiction novel about New York queer bars over the twentieth century.