‘Halloween’ Star Jamie Lee Curtis Was Asked a Dumb Question. She Gave the Most Emotionally Intelligent Reply You’ll Hear All Year
At last someone has said it out loud.
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Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.
It gets a little much.
All those people who talk about how hard they've worked to get where they are.
Some are referring to how hard they've tried to suck up to the right people and tell the right lies.
Some are talking about the enormous efforts they made to machinate a la Machiavelli and sabotage their internal opponents.
And some are actors.
I don't decry the pain of the profession. It's rife with disappointment, abuse and ego-deflation.
But you know that going in. You decide to (try and) deal with it.
Too many Hollywood types, however, insist they work so hard, darling.
Now along comes beacon of sanity Jamie Lee Curtis. She's currently enjoying renewed fame as the star of horror movie Halloween.
Because America doesn't have enough to be scared about right now.
This week, Curtis was interviewed by Australia's The Project TV show.
What a glorious opportunity to tell Australia how much effort she put into the role of Laurie Strode and how hard she worked, soldiering on after, oh, cracking a rib.
Indeed, she was asked, reports the Daily Mail, whether the role was taxing. She replied:
Being an actor in a movie is not hard work. It's physical, it can hurt a little bit, it can be very taxing emotionally. But any person trying to raise a couple of kids and hold down a couple of jobs works way harder than I've ever worked a day in my life.
It's heartening when someone offers a realistic perspective, rather than self-aggrandizing bloviation.
The people who work hard are those trying to survive, not those trying to reach the next rung of their desire's ladder.
The people who work hard are those who worry about where the next dollar is coming from, not the ones who worry about their next million and what they're going to tell their neighbors if they don't get a new BMW this year.
It's worth being careful listening to those who claim that they achieved their millions and billions through "sheer hard work."
After all, science has comprehensively revealed that luck plays an enormous role is helping many achieve success. A far, far greater role than hard work. Whatever that is.
Isn't there something slightly entertaining when so many people claim to work hard, while poring over the 4-Hour Workweek?
So quit boasting about how hard you work when the truth is, unlike for so many, that you have copious options.
Listen, instead, to Curtis as she explains the truth very simply:
I'm in Australia. People work hard in Australia. They work hard all over the world but the people and friends I have here in Australia, people work really hard. And so for me to say it was hard work, somebody should, like, literally tell me to shut up.