Jamie Lee Curtis gets super-real in new movie role: ‘I’ve been sucking my stomach in since I was 11’

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Actress Jamie Lee Curtis is letting it all hang out so to speak in her new sci-fi movie “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” where she is done with “sucking her stomach in” and worked to release “every muscle I had that I used to clench to hide the reality.”

“In the world, there is an industry — a billion-dollar, trillion-dollar industry — about hiding things. Concealers. Body-shapers. Fillers. Procedures. Clothing. Hair accessories. Hair products. Everything to conceal the reality of who we are.” she explained in a lengthy Instagram post on Thursday. She also showed a still photo of her new persona in the movie, where she plays an IRS auditor named Deirdre Beaubeirdra.

Curtis is now 63. For decades she has been known in Hollywood as “the body.” She is throwing that moniker aside and has vowed there will be “no concealing of anything.”

“I’ve been sucking my stomach in since I was 11, when you start being conscious of boys and bodies, and the jeans are super tight,” she said on Instagram. “I very specifically decided to relinquish and release every muscle I had that I used to clench to hide the reality. That was my goal. I have never felt more free creatively and physically.”


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Curtis was praised profusely by other actors and fans over getting “real” for her part in the film.

The “Halloween” actress comes from a hefty Hollywood pedigree with father “Some Like It Hot” star Tony Curtis and mother “Psycho” star Janet Leigh. She grew up in the spotlight and image in Tinsel Town is everything.

In the classic 1994 movie “True Lies,” Curtis did a hilarious striptease that was a huge hit. She called it “the most badass I’ve ever felt on the job.”

“It was a powerful experience that nobody else could take credit for — it was just me, the music, three cameras, and approximately 100 dudes,” she told InStyle.

The actress is excited for her fans to see her new film and the “brilliance” of her co-stars, which include Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, and Stephanie Hsu. The movie is set to come out on April 8.

The film’s co-director, Daniel Kwan, told Entertainment Weekly that Curtis wanted her appearance to be as authentic as possible. She plays a cubicle-sitting employee which many fans can certainly relate to.

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“Everyone assumes that her belly in the movie is a prosthetic, but it’s actually her real belly,” he noted. “She was grateful that she was allowed to just let it out.”

“I wanted to just be truthful to this woman,” Curtis told EW in an interview.

“Immediately after signing up, she would text us photos of weird outfits and weird hairdos,” Daniel Scheinert, who wrote and directed the movie with Daniel Kwan, told EW. “There was one photo of an IRS auditor that Dan Kwan had found online — I mean, maybe she worked in a DMV, I don’t know — but this one photo, Jamie was like, ‘That’s incredible, please let me be her — please, please, please, please.’ And that photo became the reference for the hairdo and the outfit.”


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