After her recent triumph at the Oscars, Jamie Lee Curtis is on cloud nine, and it seems like there’s no room for post-win blues. During a March appearance on the Today show, the star of “Everything Everywhere All At Once” shared her thoughts on her significant Oscar victory and how she plans to refer to her cherished Academy Award statue.
Curtis expressed that the desire for recognition and appreciation for one’s work is something universal. She said, “No matter what you do, you want someone to value you. And this is a really beautiful, sparkling way of expressing gratitude.”
The 64-year-old performer, who won her first Academy Award, also shared a personal connection to the Oscars. “Both my mom and my dad were Oscar nominees in various categories,” Curtis mentioned. “Now, I’ve received an Oscar!”
In her emotional acceptance speech, she expressed heartfelt gratitude to her family and everyone who has supported her throughout her career, which began in 1977. During her virtual appearance on the Today show on March 14, Curtis admitted she was still in disbelief. “I never in a million years thought I would have these past few days, and I’m deeply moved by the entire experience,” she remarked.
When asked if she had chosen a name for her Oscar statue, Curtis had a heartwarming explanation for her decision. In honor of her 26-year-old daughter Ruby, who came out as transgender in 2021, she decided to refer to her Oscar statuette using the pronouns “they/them.”
“In support of my daughter Ruby, I’m going to use ‘they/them’ to refer to my Oscar,” the actor explained. “I’ll simply call it ‘them,’ and they/them are doing great,” she added with a smile.
Opening up about the challenges of parenting a transgender child, Curtis acknowledged that it comes with a steep learning curve. “It’s like learning a whole new language,” she said. “There are new terms and words to understand, and I’m still new at it. I’m not pretending to be an expert, and I know I’ll make mistakes. I’ll probably mess up from time to time. We’re all human.”
However, Curtis emphasized the importance of trying and learning. “If just one person reads this, sees a picture of Ruby and me, and feels empowered to embrace their true self, then it’s all worth it,” she said.
Ruby, despite her Hollywood lineage, has largely stayed out of the spotlight and currently works as a video editor for a YouTube gamer. Curtis admitted that while she knew about Ruby’s previous relationship and use of the term “bi,” gender identity and sexual orientation are distinct matters.
In conclusion, Jamie Lee Curtis’ long-awaited and well-deserved Oscar win has left her elated, and her dedication to supporting her transgender daughter Ruby is both heartwarming and inspiring.