“It’s strange how we immediately make assumptions and snide remarks that someone who is related to someone else who is famous for their art in their field somehow lacks talent. I’ve learned that’s just not true.”
When Jamie Lee Curtis was just 19, she appeared on an episode of the NBC drama Quincy ME and a year later directed her first feature film, 1978’s Halloween. One reason for her early rise was her name — Curtis is the daughter of Oscar nominees Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. But that doesn’t mean she hasn’t worked hard throughout her career, as she put it in an Instagram post Thursday.
This week, New York Magazine published an extensive series of articles on “Nepo Babies,” a slang term for celebrities or public figures with famous or influential parents or relatives in the Hollywood industry. Curtis himself was mentioned in a story. The series went viral on social media and drew some backlash from celebrities like O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Lily Allen. Now, Curtis has chimed in on the conversation, though she didn’t specifically mention the New York story by name, saying that the current conversation is “aimed at trying to belittle, denigrate, and hurt.”
“It’s strange how we immediately make assumptions and snide remarks that someone who is related to someone who is famous for their art in their field somehow lacks talent. I’ve learned that’s just not true,” Curtis wrote. “I’ve suited and shown myself in all kinds of work with thousands upon thousands of people, and every day I’ve tried to bring integrity and professionalism and love and community and artistry to my work. I’m not alone. We are many. Dedicated to our craft. Proud of our lineage. Strong in our belief in our right to exist.”
In the post, Curtis acknowledged her parentage, including two photos of her with her famous parents, and called herself “an OG Nepo baby.” She also admitted that although she has worked hard throughout her career, her connection to Hollywood royalty has afforded her privilege throughout her career.
“I never understood and will never understand the qualities that hired me that day, but from my first two lines on ‘Quincy’ as a Universal Studios contract player to this final spectacular creative year some 44 years later, there hasn’t been a day in my professional life that goes by without me being reminded that I’m the daughter of movie stars,” Curtis said. “In stating that I have navigated 44 years with the benefits my connected and mirrored fame has brought me, I am not pretending that there are none trying to tell me that I am of no worth on my own.”
Curtis ended her contribution with this year’s Everything Everywhere All at Once, in which she co-starred with Michelle Yeoh and for which she received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
“So in these trying days with so much anger in the world can we just try to find that little voice that the brilliant movie EVERYTHING AT AT ONCE reminds us of,” Curtis wrote, before quoting the film: “NOTE TO SELF: BE GOOD, BE GOOD; BE FRIENDLY.”
Read Curtis’ full Instagram post below.
https://www.indiewire.com/2022/12/jamie-lee-curtis-nepo-baby-new-york-magazine-1234794558/ Jamie Lee Curtis criticizes ‘Nepo Baby’ story in New York Magazine