Jamie Lee Curtis Wore Her Mother’s Wedding Ring at SAG Awards to ‘Bring’ Her Parents With Her The Talks Today
As reported by PEOPLE, star Jamie Lee Curtis decided to honor her late movie star parents, Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, at the 2023 SAG Awards on Sunday. During the event on Sunday, Curtis won the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for her work in Everything Everywhere All at Once. Later, she revealed to reporters that she’d worn her mother’s wedding ring to the SAG Awards because she wanted to “bring” her parents with her to the ceremony.
She said, “Honestly this morning I was grabbing my jewels to put on for tonight and I saw it in a little box and I thought about my parents and I wouldn’t be here without them.”
Jamie Lee Curtis Noted That She “Literally Wouldn’t Be Here” Without Her Parents
Curtis continued, “I literally wouldn’t be here without them, just biologically wouldn’t be here without them, and I am a product of this town, these people. I never would have been an actor, it was a total fluke I became an actor. And so, I don’t know, I just wanted to bring them here tonight. I came here with my mother the first time I was nominated and I really thought a lot about my parents and their story a lot.”
Early that evening, the star noted her choice of jewelry during her acceptance speech, saying, “I’m wearing the wedding ring that my father gave my mother. They hated each other, by the way, by the end of it. But my sister Kelly and I were born from love. My father was from Hungary and my mother was from Denmark, and they had nothing and they became these monstrous stars in this industry. My parents were actors. And I married an actor.”
She added, “I love actors. I love acting. I love the job we get to do. I love being a part of a crew. I love being part of a cast. I love what we do with each other. It’s such a beautiful job. And I know that so many people in our industry who are actors who don’t get to do this job and you look at nights like this and think ‘Is that ever going to be possible for me?’ And I know you look at me and think ‘Well, nepo baby, that’s why she’s there’ — and I totally get it. But the truth of the matter is I’m 64 years old and this is just amazing!”
In the category for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, Curtis was up against Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’s Angela Bassett, The Whale’s Hong Chau, The Banshees of Inisherin’s Kerry Condon, and her Everything Everywhere All at Once costar Stephanie Hsu.
After her win, Curtis told reporters, “Obviously I’m surprised — and just happy and moved. The nicest part for me of this whole thing is I’m now friends with all the women who I’m in competition with. We didn’t know each other except Steph [Hsu] I knew — I didn’t know these other women and now I do and now they know me and that is the most important thing – that we know each other as humans. And so the rest of this is whatever, you know what I mean?”