When audiences are reintroduced to Laurie Strode in David Gordon Green’s Halloween, it’s immediately clear that she isn’t quite normal. Forty years ago she experienced a massively traumatic event when psychotic killer Michael Myers tried to kill her, and as a result she lives her life as an introvert and permanently guarded. It sets up a fantastic and awesome performance from Jamie Lee Curtis, but also makes you wonder: how did her post-Halloween 1978 life actually start? The actress revealed exactly that to me during a recent interview while discussing the evolution of the new film’s screenplay:
The new Halloween isn’t the first time that Jamie Lee Curtis has returned to the role of Laurie Strode since the 1978 original — having starred in Halloween II, Halloween: H2O, and Halloween: Resurrection — but one important element the movie brought to the table in its development was the continuity wipe. Working with David Gordon Green and co-writer Danny McBride, Curtis had the chance to totally rewrite the life experience of her most beloved character, and it began by establishing what happened to her the day after Michael Myers returned to her neighborhood.
I had the opportunity to hop on the phone with Jamie Lee Curtis last month to discuss her role in the new Halloween and her past work in the franchise, and was curious about the evolution of the project as it developed. It was impressive to hear her discuss the attention she paid towards the experiences of Laurie Strode over the last four decades, and how detailed she was in building her performance. For example, you may notice that Laurie has much longer hair than Curtis’ normal look, and there’s a very good reason for that, as she explained: