Jamie Lee Curtis of 'Freaky Friday' Opens up about Addiction and How It Runs in Her Family
Jamie Lee Curtis revealed that she once acted out her addiction alongside her late father who shared the same problem.
Jamie Lee Curtis, 60, opened up about her drug addiction once again in an interview with Variety. The actress, who is 20 years sober, revealed new information regarding what was apparently a family issue.
The early days of her addiction
The actress began taking painkillers after a cameraman caused her eyes to get puffy on set one day. However, no one knew about her problem because she never took the drugs at work.
"I was the wildly controlled drug addict and alcoholic," she explained. Fortunately, she got treatment when her sister Kelly found out what was going on.
But before she actually went to treatment, Jamie Lee recalled the instance when she sat down with her dad and did drugs. The "Freaky Friday" star already knew her father had an issue as well.
The time she did hard drugs with her father
She said that because of her own problem, she was able to recognize her dad's issue. At a certain point, she was the only one of her then-six siblings who was talking to Tony. Sadly, one of her brothers died from an overdose.
Jamie Lee explained:
"But I shared drugs with my dad. I did [heavy drugs] once with my dad... But that was the only time I did that, and I did that with him."
The "True Lies" actor finally went to a recovery meeting in 1999, ten years after her problems began. She's remained sober since then.
The path her dad took and what he did
The "Halloween" star went on to say that her father was sober for a short while as well, and he was actively recovering for three years. Unfortunately, the attempt didn't last.
Instead, he gave his entire estate to his last wife, Jill Vandenberg. Tony married a total of six times — his first wife was Janet Leigh, Jamie Lee's mother — and reportedly was not much of a father to his children.
Jamie Lee continues to move forward
Meanwhile, Jamie Lee is still attending meetings for her problem and tries to help others as well. She's been married to actor Christopher Guest for 33 years now and has two adults kids, Annie, 31, and Tom, 22.
The actress places her sobriety above all else, calling it her "greatest accomplishment" — even beyond work, her husband, and her children. Her newest film, "Knives Out," is set to release on November 27.