Jamie Lee Curtis Felt ‘Quite Isolated’ Filming ‘Knives Out’: A ‘Very Tough Time’ on Set

Jamie Lee Curtis may be the iconic scream queen, but she quickly became a lonely woman on the set of Knives Out.
Rian Johnson's 2019 mystery film was filmed in Massachusetts, and while Curtis bonded with the all-star cast, including Ana de Armas, Chris Evans, Christopher Plummer and Daniel Craig, the 'Halloween Ends' star recently revealed that she was being kept in the dark and "had no idea" of the central mystery that would unfold on screen.
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"Actually, I was pretty isolated," Curtis told Entertainment Weekly. "I lived alone in this strange hotel and I don't act in a lot of films. I was alone a lot and it was a very hard time.”
She added: "It's turned out to be this fantastic film. I never would have known that the film we made was the film we made. It wasn't clear to me because Rian was so specific in his methodology and it's not like we're all watching monitors and seeing all the work. We had no idea. We would just do our little thing and then go home. It was just such a nice surprise.”
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The success of Knives Out led to Johnson signing a deal for at least two more films for Netflix, with the sequel Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery starring in the viral hit Everything Everywhere All at Once on 23.
"I remember when they wanted me to go to CinemaCon with Knives Out, I thought they wanted me to go to CinemaCon?" Curtis said. "You don't want all these other people going to CinemaCon? Because I really felt like I was this tiny, tiny, delicious, but tiny little piece of the puzzle. It was just so much fun actually becoming his head cheerleader. I'm a bit of a mass promotion weapon and I put a lot into it because it was so fun and awesome and people loved it.
Much like Curtis felt isolated on the set of the first film, the Knives Out sequel was written and filmed during the COVID-19 pandemic, with Netflix writer-director Johnson Tudum revealing that he wrote the screenplay during lockdown .
"I wrote ['Glass Onion'] during lockdown in 2020 and I wanted a beach vacation more than anything," Johnson said. "I'm so interested in making these because they bring me so much joy. Working with Daniel [Craig] in this genre and having the fun and humor of working with a new set of actors every time, everything about it just makes me happy.”
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Jamie Lee Curtis
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