Our legacy is a way for us to be a part of this world and help people in some capacity, even long after we've left.
Addiction, be it of any kind, time and again proves just how bad it is. In a recent episode of Variety's "Actor on Actor," Colin Farrell and Jamie Lee Curtis spoke about a lot of things under the sun. Out of everything that they spoke about, one topic stood out and it was about legacies. Jamie Lee Curtis is one of the leading actresses in Hollywood today whose journey to fame escalated started with the horror movie "Halloween" and its sequels. Those movies back then found success with her comedic and action roles.
Her most recent and notable award was the Best Supporting Actress award for her performance in "Everything Everywhere All At Once." While in conversation with Farrell, he asked her if she ever thought about legacy at all, or what it means to her. "Do you think about legacy at all, Jamie Lee? What does legacy mean to you on your journey on this?" he asked.
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Curtis promptly answered those questions by speaking about her journey with addiction. She opened up about how her age pushes her to think about the fact that the road ahead of her is probably shorter than the journey she's lived. She said, "Well, I'm at that age where I'm thinking about it. The road ahead of me is shorter ahead than it is behind." She thinks that it's quite ironic and funny, and fondly noted how she thinks about it quite a lot. Curtis got quite emotional while talking about her journey of staying sober, as this is quite a generational issue for her family. Talking about what her legacy would be, Curtis said, "Being sober is gonna be a legacy, for sure, because you're, you're stopping what has been a generational issue."
Curtis explained how addiction isn't just a behavioral but also a biological problem for her and her family. She added that there is nothing greater for her than knowing that she can wholeheartedly and genuinely accept sobriety. She said, "For me, sobriety is the greatest. It will be the single greatest thing I do if I can stay sober." She added that she means this without any question because a lot of people get their lives completely messed up all because of alcohol and drug addiction. She explained, "I mean this without question because generations of people have had their lives ruled and ruined by alcoholism and drug addiction."
Farrell was also someone who had issues with addiction. He admitted in this conversation that he had his doubts before he got sober, by wondering just how painful life would and could be. He added, "But I could not hold that without being self-destructive and without living in it." Talking about just how much he's grown over the years, he confidently said, "I don't live in that now. I feel these things that we're talking about, at times. And I consider life greatly at times. And other times, I'm as frivolous as I was when I was six years old on a good day." Like Curtis said in the end, for her - it's "sobriety first always," which Farrell agreed with as well.
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