Jamie Lee Curtis has proudly revealed that her youngest child is transgender.
The 62-year-old actress told AARP magazine this month that her 25-year-old child with husband, Christopher Guest, has transitioned from male to female, while revealing her daughter’s new name to the world.
Speaking about the transition process, Curtis said that she and her husband ‘have watched in wonder and pride as our son’ — who was previously known as Thomas — ‘became our daughter Ruby.’
The Halloween actress also revealed that Ruby is planning to get married next year.
Ruby, is a computer gaming editor, and is the younger sibling of Curtis and Guest’s 34-year-old daughter, Annie, who is a dance instructor.
Proud mom: Jamie Lee Curtis revealed that her youngest child is transgender in an new interview with AARP magazine
Excited: She said that she and husband Christopher Guest ‘have watched in wonder and pride as our son’ — who was previously known as Thomas — ‘became our daughter Ruby’
In the interview, which was conducted with Ruby’s permission, Curtis explained that she has tossed out the ‘old idea’ that gender is fixed and is instead leaning into the idea that life is a ‘constant metamorphosis.’
The actress has previously showed support for trans people going back several years, and in 2017 shared a Huffington Post article on Twitter: ‘Dear Trans Kids. The letter we all wish we had written. (from a trans teacher).’
Last year, she also signed on to direct and star in a TV movie about GLAAD Media Institute alum Sara Cunningham. Cunningham is the founder of Free Mom Hugs, which celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community. She also spoke excitedly about Ruby’s upcoming nuptials.
Curtis’ children are private — and have only attended a handful of events with their mom — but Ruby gave her mom the OK to share two pieces of personal information with AARP, the other being her impending nuptials.
‘She and her fiancé will get married next year at a wedding that I will officiate,’ the Halloween star said.
Curtis didn’t say whether Ruby is marrying man or woman, though in 2019 Ruby shared a photo with a girlfriend.
Family: Ruby (left) — who was previously known as Thomas — is a computer gaming editor, and Curtis and Guest also have a 34-year-old daughter, Annie, (second from left) who is a dance instructor. The family is seen here at the Halloween Kills premiere in 2018
Curtis’ children are private — and have only attended a handful of events with their mom. Ruby has only posted a handful of photos on social media, all pre-transition
Curtis also revealed that Ruby (left) will marry her fiancé next year. Curtis didn’t share any details of Ruby’s spouse-to-be, though Ruby did share a picture with a girlfriend in 2019 (right)
Gender and sexuality are two different and unrelated things, and Curtis has previously spoken out on the latter being a private matter.
‘I don’t think it’s anybody’s business what people’s sexuality is, to be perfectly honest,’ she told Pride Source in 2019, replying to a question about her own sexuality and her advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community.
Though she thinks sexuality is ‘nobody’s business, it doesn’t matter,’ she makes an exception if ‘you legislate anti-gay legislation but are gay. I fully accept outing those people for the hypocrisy.’
Curtis, who is the daughter of screen stars Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, said she grew up comfortable around gay people thanks to her Hollywood parents.
‘[My mother’s] make-up artist was gay, the playwright that she did a play with was a great friend of our family who was gay,’ she explained.
But, she added: ‘You don’t have to have your own experience in order to feel compassion and the need for justice and equality.
‘In the LGBTQ world, certainly I have friends and family, but I don’t have to have the direct experience in order to feel the compassion that I truly feel for acceptance and equality in all areas.’
Flashback: Curtis is pictured carrying Ruby as a baby in 1996
Ruby (left) attended the premiere of Wreck-It Ralph with Curtis in 2012
Ruby, 25, is a computer gaming editor and interested in anime (pictured at the ‘One Piece Film: Gold’ premiere on January 5, 2017)
A fun time! Ruby and her mom dressed up for the Warcraft premiere in 2016
Curtis and Guest struggled with infertility and adopted their eldest, Annie, through an agency in 1986. Nine years later, they adopted Ruby.
In 1996, Curtis wrote a book, Tell Me Again About The Night I Was Born, to stress the importance of sharing birth stories with adopted children.
She also told AARP that she is hopeful of one day being a grandmother. When asked if she has grandchildren yet, she said: ‘Not yet, but I do hope to.’
In the new interview, Curtis also discussed being 22 years sober after secretly battling an addiction to pain pills and alcohol.
She explained that the ‘process of being a sober person puts you in a one day at a time mentality.’
Jamie stood proudly in her status and noted she was ‘just a sober person — flawed, contradictory, broken and redeemed.’
Her sobriety journey has taught her comfort in living for each day and letting go of the past.
‘I am somebody who sheds every day,’ she said. ‘Let’s get rid of that, I don’t need that. It’s all about old ideas that don’t work anymore.’
Partners: Jamie married director husband Christopher Guest in December 1984; seen in 2019
Earlier this year, she wrote on Instagram: ‘I’m breaking the cycle that has basically destroyed the lives of generations in my family.
‘Getting sober remains my single greatest accomplishment … bigger than my husband, bigger than both of my children and bigger than any work, success, failure. Anything.’
Born to acting legends, Curtis found her own fame with her 1978 acting debut in John Carpenter’s Halloween.
She cemented herself as a scream queen and went on to star in a string of horror films, including The Fog, Prom Night and Terror Train, and would later reprise her role of Laurie Strode for multiple Halloween sequels, including one film due out this year with another set for 2022.
Curtis earned Golden Globe awards for her roles in the 1990 sitcom Anything But Love and the 1995 action comedy with Arnold Schwarzenegger, True Lies.
She’ll soon be honored for her lifetime achievements and roles in Halloween Kills, and receive the Golden Lion at the 78th Venice International Film Festival.
With dozens of roles under her belt throughout her decades-long career, Jamie has also dedicated time and energy to philanthropic causes, including working with the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
Jamie Lee Curtis reveals her child is transgender: ‘Our son became our daughter Ruby’