Jamie Lee Curtis says she has COVID-19 and will miss several awards season engagements for “Everywhere at Once.” (Jordan Strauss / Invision / Associated Press)
Jamie Lee Curtis tested positive for COVID-19, shared the same fate just days after attending — and went viral all over
“By the way – at the 80th Golden Globe Awards.
The “Everywhere at Once” star, who became an instant meme when he wildly celebrated his co-star Michelle Yeoh’s first Golden Globe win during the ceremony, took to social media on Friday to reveal his positive diagnosis amid Hollywood’s relentless pursuit of awards season.
“F— COVID!” the “Knives Out” star wrote on Instagram. “Unfortunately, this head cheerleader won’t be at the festivities at all over the weekend cheering on her friends and colleagues. Life on life’s terms.”
The 64-year-old scream queen shared a picture of several home testing kits, expressing her gratitude for them nearly three years after the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Glad all these home tests are available if I didn’t go to the @americanfilminstitute lunch and spread my germs. I was SO looking forward to going to the @bafta tea and @criticschoice awards as a nominee and part of a motley crew! So proud of these people and I look forward to cheering them on through my TV. Take care people,” she wrote.
Surpassing last summer’s surge, Los Angeles County is seeing an increase in the number of coronavirus cases, and the number of weekly COVID-19 deaths reported in the county this week hit a season high, underscoring the continued risks of the disease.
L.A. County recorded 164 deaths from COVID-19 in the seven-day period ending Wednesday, surpassing the summer peak of 122 deaths in the week ending Aug. 6. That number was the worst in 10 months. (The steady weekly death toll fell slightly for the week ended Thursday, to 163.)
Curtis was nominated for a Golden Globe supporting actress for her role in “Everywhere at Once,” but the award ultimately went to “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” star Angela Bassett on Tuesday. Curtis walked the rain-soaked carpet at the Beverly Hilton in a black Safiyaa jumpsuit and lace Valentino cape and presented the award alongside “30 Rock” alum Tracy Morgan.
She sat next to a host of celebrities in the hotel’s packed International Ballroom at the rebooted awards show, and cameras caught her throwing her hands in the air in joy when Yeoh won her award. The action footage was quickly immortalized on social media.
“Once a cheerleader. ALWAYS a cheerleader. My Bae won a Golden Globe. Her first nomination and win,” she wrote on Instagram, later adding, “I’m pretty amazed that a moment of pure JOY on a Tuesday night is now a T-shirt and a move on a Thursday! Proud both humbled and EXCITED! Thank you @erin.gallag.her and greetings to all @michelleyeoh_official”
Curtis, the daughter of legendary actors Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis, has built an extraordinary career since the age of 19, interspersed with her roles in the cult franchise “Halloween,” the action film “True Lies,” the heist comedy “A Fish Called Wanda,” and the comedy by reversing the roles of “Trading Places” and “Freaky Friday”. On TV, she starred in the films “Scream Queens”, “Anything But Love” and “Operation Petticoat”.
Regardless, she was name-checked in New York magazine’s inevitable “nepo-babies” Vulture feature last month and took to Instagram to call herself the “OG Nepo Baby” and defend the celebrity kids.
“[Not] a day goes by in my professional life without being reminded that I am the daughter of movie stars. The current conversation about non babies is only designed to try to diminish, denigrate and hurt,” she wrote.
“For the record, for 44 years I’ve lived with the advantages that my associated and reflected fame has brought me, I don’t pretend there aren’t any, who try to tell me I have no value on my own,” she continued. “It’s interesting how we immediately assume and laugh that someone related to someone who is famous in his field for his art, would somehow not have any talent at all.
“I’ve learned that’s just not true… I’ve tried to bring integrity and professionalism and love and community and artistry to my work. I’m not alone. There are many of us. Dedicated to their craft. Proud of your lineage. Strong in our belief in our right to exist.”
Staff writers Luke Money and Rong-Gong Lin II contributed to this report.
This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.