Jamie Lee Curtis says #MeToo motion ‘would have actually upset’ late mom Janet Leigh

Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis attend the premiere of Halloween H20: 20 Years Later on July 27, 1998, in Los Angeles. (Photo: Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis attend the premiere of Halloween H20: 20 Years Later on July 27, 1998, in Los Angeles. (Photo: Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection by way of Getty Images)

Jamie Lee Curtis, who stars within the new Halloween Kills, would not suppose her actress mom, the late Janet Leigh — most well-known for the notorious bathe scene within the traditional movie Psycho — would have understood the #MeToo motion occurring in Hollywood right this moment.

“I don’t think Janet would have ever acknowledged if there was any bad behavior,” Curtis instructed her fellow actress and buddy Melanie Griffith in a dialog revealed Friday in Interview Magazine. “She was, it’s a bad term, but kind of Pollyannaish about the industry. I think the Me Too movement would have really upset her. It’s not fair to unpack that, because she’s dead and I’m going to put words in her mouth, but knowing her, I think she would not say that he misbehaved in any way.”

Melanie Griffith and Jamie Lee Curtis pose collectively at a 2021 fundraiser for a trigger they each help, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. (Photo: Michael Tran/FilmMagic by way of Getty Images)

Curtis referred to Alfred Hitchcock, the Hollywood icon who additionally directed Griffith’s mom, Tippi Hedren, in two of his scary motion pictures, The Birds, in 1963, and Marnie the next 12 months. Hitchcock, who died in 1980, infamously obsessed over his main girl in these movies. 

Hedren has mentioned that Hitchcock made good on a promise to harm her profession if she refused his sexual advances. “When he told me that he would ruin me, I just told him do what he had to do,” Hedren instructed Variety in December 2017. “I went out of the door and slammed it so hard that I looked back to see if it was still on its hinges.”

Tippi Hedren and Alfred Hitchcock attend the premiere of The Birds on May 10, 1965, on the Cannes Film Festival in France. (Photo: Gamma-Rapho by way of Getty Images)

His punishment was to maintain Hedren beneath contract however not provide her any fascinating roles. After she made her final movie with him, she went with out an performing gig for 3 years and, even then, the components weren’t what that they had been. 

“You know, she was of the #MeToo movement, and it was not accepted at that time,” Griffith mentioned of her mother, who went on to write down about her experiences with Hitchcock and to look in The Bold and the Beautiful, Dream On, I Heart Huckabees and lots of different reveals and films. “She was shunned and he made sure that she was shunned.”

However, Curtis mentioned her mom was simply appreciative of her time with the acclaimed director.

“I don’t think Janet would ever have acknowledged anything, because from her standpoint, she was just grateful,” Curtis mentioned. “That was very much her take. I think she would have looked at it as, ‘That was just the way it was.’” Still, she mentioned later, “I’m not saying my mom wouldn’t have stood up to him, but she was to her dying day nothing but grateful to Hitchcock and Alma [Reville, Hitchcock’s wife].”

Alfred Hitchcock directs actress Janet Leigh in Psycho. (Photo: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

Griffith mentioned that along with the alleged sexual harassment and sexual assault that Hedren has revealed up to now, her time as a horror muse was painful. Hedren wrote in her 2013 memoir, Tippi: A Memoir, that, for one factor, crew members threw dwell birds at her throughout filming.

“Well, I know mom really did have a hard time on The Birds. Physically, it was very difficult,” Griffith mentioned. “Especially the end with the birds being thrown at her and all of that, she collapsed after and went to the hospital. It was a very sad time. Then with Marnie, he got very psychologically crazy with her and she couldn’t take it. I mean good for her, she stood up, but it really affected her career.”

Griffith and Curtis did not suppose their moms had been buddies and mentioned that whereas each grew up within the Los Angeles space, they met whereas making a TV film. They appeared collectively within the Private Benjamin-like She’s within the Army Now in 1981.