Students at New York Film Academy’s Los Angeles campus were thrilled to receive a rousing commencement speech from Jamie Lee Curtis on Saturday. The actor and author is best known for her memorable roles in Halloween, A Fish Called Wanda, True Lies, and Freaky Friday. The daughter of Hollywood legends Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, Jamie Lee Curtis has spent over 35 years in the industry, garnering two Golden Globes, a BAFTA, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She delivered a touching speech to graduates of MFA and AFA Acting, MFA and AFA Producing, MFA and AFA Screenwriting, and MFA Photography programs.
In her commencement address, Curtis spoke about her life in show business, saying, “This isn’t about a show. It’s about truth and integrity and honesty and communication, bravery and risk, and adjectives that should make you get out bed in the morning, excited to be what it is you choose to be.” She went on to share lessons she had learned throughout her career, as well as a passage from John Steinbeck, and tips from her husband, writer/director/actor Christopher Guest. “I am proud of all of your hearts,” she concluded, “and I hope that what you all do with them transforms the universe.” Congratulations to our new graduates, and special thanks to Jamie Lee Curtis!