She recently shared an unflattering photo herself with her stomach stuck out on the set of her latest movie.
However, when it comes to promoting the picture – Jamie Lee Curtis couldn’t have looked more different.
The Halloween star was the epitome of chic at the South By Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas, on Friday where she discussed her latest film, Everything Everywhere All at Once.
The 63-year-old actress stopped by Variety Studio and looked elegant in a white blazer over a matching top paired with black slacks and leather boots.
Chic: Jamie Lee Curtis, 63, was the epitome of chic as she stopped by Variety Studio at the South By Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas, on Friday to discuss her latest film
During the sit-down, the star was joined by her co-stars Stephanie Hsu, Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan and directors of the movie Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.
The Golden Globe Award winner accessorized the smart look with a pair of black-rimmed reading glasses.
To add a bit of extra sparkle to the stylish look, she wore a pair of small diamond earrings.
Meanwhile Stephanie, 31 – who plays Eleanor in the film – also went with a mostly white look, sporting a white vest, matching pants and white boots.
Michelle, 59, who portrays Evelyn Wang in the movie, wore a creamy turtleneck and cheetah pants, paired with black heels.
New role: The actress discussed her latest film, Everything Everywhere All at Once, and was joined by co-stars (L-R bottom row) Stephanie Hsu, Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan and directors (L-R top) Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert
Quan, 50, looked dapper in a black sweater, dark jeans and black boots. Meanwhile Dan, 49, wore a grey blazer over a white button up shirt.
Scheinert, 34, sported a laid-back look, wearing a denim blue shirt over a graphic T-shirt.
Jamie Lee’s appearance comes ahead of the film’s Friday premiere at South by Southwest. The movie is set to hit theaters on March 25.
Elegant: She looked elegant in a white blazer over a matching top, paired with black slacks and leather boots
Having fun: The cast and directors appeared to enjoy themselves as they smiled and laughed during the chat
Earlier in the day the star revealed how she defiantly refused to use body prosthetics to play a downtrodden character in the upcoming film.
Shot just before the coronavirus lockdowns swept the country, the film features Jamie Lee as a stern-looking IRS auditor in a tight-fitting and unflattering polo neck that shows off the star’s tummy.
The iconic actress, who declined to use a prosthetic for the character’s midriff, uploaded an Instagram photo of herself in character with a candid caption about letting her belly out for the role after ‘sucking in my stomach since I was 11.’
Candid: Curtis unveiled a first look this week of her character in the film Everything Everywhere All At Once, which allowed her to let her belly out after ‘sucking my stomach in since I was 11’
Jamie Lee is pictured in character sitting in her cubicle wearing a distinctly unimpressed expression and holding a half-eaten cookie.
‘WELL…. here we GO!’ she crowed in her Instagram caption. ‘Two years ago we made this movie right up until the day the world shut down. We just finished in time. It’s a Magical Mystery Tour of a movie and I’m so excited to see it tomorrow at its premiere opening the @sxsw festival. @everythingeverywheremovie @a24.’
Jamie Lee, whose parents were Some Like It Hot heartthrob Tony Curtis and Psycho star Janet Leigh, wrote: ‘I’m proud to introduce you to Deirdre Beaubeirdra.’
She described her character as an ‘IRS auditor’ as well as the ‘nemesis and bae’ of Yeoh’s leading character Evelyn Wang.
Pin-up: Jamie Lee – who claims to have been sucking in her tummy since she was 11 – was known in the 80s for her athletic figure (Pictured above in the 1985 film Perfect)
‘In the world, there is an industry – a billion-dollar, trillion-dollar industry – about hiding things,’ she added. ‘Concealers. Body-shapers. Fillers. Procedures. Clothing. Hair accessories. Hair products. Everything to conceal the reality of who we are. And my instruction to everybody was: I want there to be no concealing of anything.’
Jamie Lee revealed: ‘I’ve been sucking my stomach in since I was 11, when you start being conscious of boys and bodies, and the jeans are super tight. I very specifically decided to relinquish and release every muscle I had that I used to clench to hide the reality. That was my goal.’
The Halloween star dished: ‘I have never felt more free creatively and physically I can’t wait for everybody to see the BRILLIANCE of Ms.Yeoh and @kehuyquan @stephaniehsuofficial @martialclubofficial @andyle_official @dunkwun.’
One of the directors of the film, Daniel Kwan, recently told Entertainment Weekly that Jamie Lee was not wearing a prosthetic stomach for the role.
Chic to the hilt: Jamie Lee is pictured in a glamorous aspect attending the opening gala for the Academy Museum Of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles last year
‘Everyone assumes that her belly in the movie is a prosthetic, but it’s actually her real belly. She was grateful that she was allowed to just let it out,’ he said.
His co-director Daniel Scheinert also offered a glimpse into Jamie Lee’s process of preparing for the sci-fi comedy.
‘Immediately after signing up, she would text us photos of weird outfits and weird hairdos,’ he shared with the magazine.
Bombshell: The actress as seen in the 1985 movie Perfect showing off her athletic figure
Bombshell: The star is seen in the 1994 action movie True Lies doing a famous striptease scene when she was 51 years old
‘There was one photo of an IRS auditor that Dan Kwan had found online – I mean, maybe she worked in a DMV, I don’t know – but this one photo, Jamie was like: “That’s incredible, please let me be her – please, please, please, please.” And that photo became the reference for the hairdo and the outfit.’
During an interview with More magazine years ago, Jamie Lee frankly discussed how fixated her movie star mother was on staying svelte.
‘I think the most complicated relationship my mother had, both loving and often cruel, was with her own body,’ said Jamie Lee.
Figure: The star is pictured with Danielle Brisbois in 1983
Throwback: Jamie Lee had ‘been sucking my stomach in since I was 11, when you start being conscious of boys and bodies, and the jeans are super tight’; pictured aged 19 in 1978
‘Her face was undeniably beautiful, like a shot of something strong, and her body – that body was the chaser. She was intoxicating.’
Jamie Lee reflected: ‘Like anyone who becomes famous for what they look like, when that commodity starts to change, the relationship with it deteriorates.’
She dished: ‘Her friends noted her slimness by calling her Bird Legs, and my mother was incredibly proud that she returned to her 20-inch waist mere weeks after pregnancies; she judged other actresses whose bodies grew and softened.’
Throwback: During an interview with More, Jamie Lee discussed how fixated her movie star mother Janet Leigh was on staying svelte; pictured above in 1967