The actress learned a few words in Hungarian and fell in love with Budapest, like many others before.
As we reported back in April, Jamie Lee Curtis has been in Budapest for some time now. The daughter of Hungarian-born Tony Curtis commemorated her ancestors with an Instagram photo of a Hungarian flag, and posted a picture of the Castle, most likely from her hotel room on the Danube.
After she has been in Hungary for months for filming, she gave an exclusive interview to Focus. This is the first time she has appeared in public, according to szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu. She also travelled to Mátészalka – where her grandparents, who were Jewish emigrants, come from.
Her father, the world-famous actor Tony Curtis, who passed away 11 years ago, was also proud of his Hungarian origins, and he even visited Mátészalka several times. Now an exhibition named after him has opened in the city of Szabolcs, and a café is now named after the actor giant.
“It’s very touching to be in Hungary. From the moment I arrived, I met a lot of people who look like me, or my brothers or sisters.”
– she said, adding that “the days are beautiful here“, but the coronavirus has left its mark on her stay here, which has prevented her from adequately exploring Budapest and the country.
The two-time Golden Globe Award-winning actress also considers Mátészalka a beautiful city and was delighted to be able to walk down the street where her grandparents lived.
In an interview with Focus, she also talked about her goal being connecting with people, and since she thinks movies are also for that, she’s happy to be an actor.
“Being a representative of the film industry and a member of a family of Hungarian descent is a great treasure for me.”– said the actress.
She also learned a few basic words in Hungarian, and said she had fallen in love with Budapest, where she had only been once before, ten years ago.
The dearest place to her is the Dohány Street Synagogue, in the renovation of which her father, Tony Curtis, took part.
The actress also revealed that she was surprised at how many American filmmakers work in the Hungarian capital, which is why she called Hungary the East of Hollywood.
According to her, the film Borderlands, which she is now shooting with Kevin Hart and Cate Blanchette, among others, is expected to be as much of a sensation as True Lies, which she starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger.