The stunning transformation of Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis is a well-known and successful actress. Fans are familiar with her on their television and movie screens, but how much do people know about the real person?

She's been in the spotlight since childhood, growing up with famous parents, later trying to go unnoticed and eventually struggling with addiction. Throughout the years, she's made it a priority to be open and vulnerable, discussing her strengths and weaknesses.

Moral of the story, there's a lot to know about this star. So let's take a closer look at Curtis and her stunning transformation over the years.

Her father wasn't around

Curtis' childhood was anything but average. Her parents were famous actors, Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, but Tony was not necessarily focused on his role as father. 

Curtis later reflected on her childhood and her father, saying during an interview on The Talk (via Daily Mail), "Children, as we all know, are complicated and messy. He was not a father and he was not interested in being a father."

And while this may seem like a negative comment, Curtis made it clear that she understood his role and was not upset by this. She continued on to say, "He did what he was supposed to do from a financial standpoint, which was honorable of him but he was not an involved father."

Struggling in the spotlight

Being the child of famous parents makes one famous by association. Growing up with that attention makes it near impossible to have a normal childhood.

And while her mother tried to make Curtis feel better, she struggled with the fame. She spoke to this during an interview with Rolling Stone, sharing, "You're a child trying to develop an identity and a sense of self-worth, and all this Hollywood stuff plagues you and makes you kind of wonder who you are. Then you're twelve through eighteen, and you're developing sexually and emotionally. And it's hard."

High school wallflower

With so much attention on her growing up, Curtis made it her goal to have the least number of eyes on her as she got older. High school was a tough time for the future star; as she described it to Rolling Stone, it was "f**king killer."

She spent time at three high schools, two in California and then one in Connecticut. When she arrived to the East Coast, she noticed right away how different her wardrobe was from what the kids were wearing at her new school. So what does the new girl who wants no attention do? Buy the exact same clothes as everyone else. Curtis told Rolling Stone, "I didn't want to be an individual; I just wanted to fit in and be normal…. So if another girl was wearing her hair up in a ponytail, the next day I'd do that. I said I liked whatever kind of music they liked. It was a nightmare. I've never been so depressed."

Pretending was easy for her

The ability to look and act like those around her was a skill that Curtis was able to bring into acting. Following in her parents' footsteps, the future star took something that had been a negative in her life, and turned it into a strength. She opened up to Rolling Stone and said, "I think the fact that I had very low self-confidence growing up and in high school made me a good actress. It was easy for me to be a preppie with preppie kids and a hippie with hippie kids. I learned early to be a chameleon, to turn whatever color was needed."

This came in handy for 19-year-old Curtis when she landed the lead role in a small slasher film called Halloween. Spoiler alert: the movie ended up being very big, and gave Curtis a feeling of confidence she hadn't experienced before. She shared, "I was finally able to say, 'That's mine. I did that. That's all me.' Halloween was my deb party. It was a pretty weird party, but it was my coming out. My emotional coming out."

Loving her own "back fat"

Curtis has always kept it real, and this is still the case when it comes to her own body and looks. She's not afraid to talk about the cosmetic work she had done around 1992. The then 34-year-old felt pressured while filming a movie to have work done, but the result wasn't what she expected.

She said during a later interview with The Telegraph, "Nobody tells you if you take fat from your body in one place, it comes back in another place. All of these 'bettering' experiences are not without risk. And there is this illusion that once you do it, then you'll be fine. And that's just horses**t. I looked worse."

Curtis embraced her body for what it was, sharing that her thighs aren't great and she has a "soft, fatty little tummy," and "back fat."

Addiction took over

Even though Curtis gained confidence through her acting, she also struggled with addiction through the years. Eventually in 2016, after being clean for more than 17 years, she opened up in an editorial for Huffington Post about addiction and her own past experience with it.

In the article, the actress references one of the possible reasons for addiction; when one is given a prescription after a medical procedure, it can be hard to eventually give up that prescription.

She wrote about the pain and anxiety that addiction can cause, saying, "I too, waited anxiously for a prescription to be filled for the opiate I was secretly addicted to. I too, took too many at once. I too, sought to kill emotional and physical pain with pain killers."

It was eventually in the late 1990s that 40-something Curtis decided to stop taking the medication and went clean.

A nasty tabloid changed everything

Curtis may be proud and open about her body and embrace it in front of the public, but that doesn't mean she doesn't give focus to her health.

She spoke during an interview with AARP about a time in 2000 when she read a tabloid article that listed her as weighing 161 pounds. She didn't believe it and went home to confirm for herself. What did she see on the scale? The dreaded number 161.

From there, the 42-year-old dedicated her time to being healthy and feeling good. "Now, I get up at five o'clock in the morning every day, filled with energy. I play tennis three times a week, and I do yoga. I'm never going to be an athlete… I'm not that person. But I walk with girlfriends, and walking is incredibly good for you."

Literally love at first sight

Curtis knew the moment she saw Christopher Guest that he was going to be her husband one day. And let's clarify, when she "saw" him, it wasn't even in person, but a photo of him. The actress saw his photo in Rolling Stone in 1984 and the 26-year-old just had a feeling. It was a feeling that would be totally accurate one day.

As Guest later told The Guardian, after 30 years of marriage to Curtis, "We still have that original photo hanging up at the house." Swoon.

In 2015, after being married for 31 years, Curtis was asked by the Today show what her and Guest's big secret was for their successful marriage. The star's advice was short and simple. "Don't get divorced…. It's a fascinating thing. I could write a book on marriage called 'Don't Leave.'"

Simple style is her must

While Curtis doesn't try to fit in with her style any more, she also isn't looking to stand out. She has kept it simple, buying a few black dresses each year and owning one pair of jeans. She even gave away all of her jewelry simply because she never wore it.

She summed up her style during an interview with AARP, sharing, "I've etched out who I am through myriad haircut attempts, outfit attempts, beauty attempts, diet attempts. It's been an evolution. I've let my hair go gray. I wear only black and white."

One major regret took over

Being successful in her career and keeping up a successful marriage, is there anything Curtis can do wrong? In her opinion, yes she has.

She opened up to AARP about her parenting and when she knew she had to make a change. As Curtis said, "I've been an inconsistent parent at times, and it's my greatest regret. When my daughter was small, I worked too much. I was replicating what my own mother did."

It was a woman named Dr. Susan Williams who made Curtis understand why change was needed. Curtis continued, "She says, 'Children are paparazzi. They take your picture when you don't want them to, and then they show it to you.' My daughter showed me pictures, aspects of myself that I didn't like…. An unflattering picture of you is incredibly helpful."