Actress Jamie Lee Curtis revealed this week that her youngest child is transgender, explaining that she and her husband of 36 years feel "wonder and pride” for their daughter.
The Golden Globe-winning actress shared the news in an interview published Wednesday in AARP The Magazine’s August-September 2021 issue, explaining that witnessing her 25-year-old daughter Ruby’s transformation has forced her to reject “old ideas” that gender is fixed.
Curtis, 62, told the magazine that she and her husband, actor and screenwriter Christopher Guest, “have watched in wonder and pride as our son became our daughter Ruby.”
“And she and her fiancé will get married next year at a wedding that I will officiate,” Curtis said of Ruby, whom she noted gave permission to share the details about her gender identity.
Ruby, a computer gaming editor, is the youngest of two children adopted by Curtis and Guest, who have previously opened up about their struggle with infertility.
Curtis said their older daughter, 34-year-old Annie, is married and is a dance instructor, adding that while she does “not yet” have any grandchildren, she hopes to in the future.
The actress, best known for roles in films like “Halloween,” “Freaky Friday” and “Knives Out,” told AARP that she is currently in a state of “constant metamorphosis,” shedding away unhealthy friendships and devoting more time to philanthropy projects.
Curtis shared her cover image for the AARP magazine issue on Instagram this week, writing in the caption, “I very rarely smile in photographs. An old idea.”
Curtis has previously lent her voice to advocate for changes in American life, including in a 2019 op-ed piece for NBC News in which she called on American voters to elect more female candidates in 2020.
"My belief ... is that women, as a gender, see things a little differently," she wrote at the time. "Partly that is because most women — 86 percent — are or will become mothers, and mothers care about the environment that their children are growing up in, about the education that their children are going to get, about the reproductive right of women, and about violence and gun control."
"These are all areas that affect children, and in turn, affect their mothers,” she added. “It makes sense to me that more women in power are going to work harder to enact legislation that is more focused on these areas.”