Fans often forget that Hollywood stars are just people, too.
They have the same fears, insecurities, struggles and desire to be loved and accepted as everyone else.
Though they may have access to resources and funds that the general population doesn’t, it may not be enough to compensate for living life under the microscope and the added pressure of daily public scrutiny.
In the October 2012 issue of Good Housekeeping, Jamie Lee Curtis peels back layers of the onion to reveal a more vulnerable side. Curtis admittedly struggled with drug addiction. Beating it, she says, is her biggest victory. She gets frank about dealing with issues of self-acceptance and the addiction that left her feeling like a failure.
Curtis acknowledges that it took a lot of strength to face her addiction. Confessing to her friends and family that she had a problem wasn’t easy. But, determined to get better, she fought hard for her sobriety and made it her focus to stay healthy.
She also surrounded that decision with a support network that would lead her in the right direction. Still, going through the struggle and bringing it into the open certainly required a lot of courage.
Curtis has been sober now for the past 13 years. She has even served as a mentor for troubled starlet, Lindsay Lohan who has faced her own battle with addiction and recovery. People deserve the opportunity to have a second chance, she says. Everyone makes mistakes, but some mistakes can be fixed.
Just like most every woman out there, Curtis has had to come to grips with aging and feeling comfortable in her own skin. She believes that life is about adventure and trying new things. Not long ago the 53 year-old Curtis embarked on a 5K run. While that required a lot of fortitude and grit, getting sober, she says, is “the single bravest thing I’ve ever done.”