As Jamie Lee Curtis picked up her first trophy ever at the 45th Annual Saturn Awards Friday night, she had a good luck charm on her arm: former manager Chuck Binder, whom she said was the reason she became an actor.
â€œI was in college and had no thought of being an actor,â€ Curtis told Variety ahead of her best actress win for â€œHalloween.â€ â€œI came home from college at Christmas, and an old friend of mine who used to be a tennis teacher was managing actors. He said, â€˜Theyâ€™re looking for Nancy Drew. Do you want to go up for it? And I was like, â€˜Sure.â€™â€
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Although Curtis didnâ€™t get the part, she was hooked, and after a series of wins and losses, she landed the role that kicked off her career. â€œI ended up with an [acting] contract at Universal Studios,â€ she continued. â€œI quit college, and was an actor for about a year on a TV show. Then, I got fired. Then, Chuck, who at that time was my manager, put me up for Halloween. Had I not run into Chuck Binder on that day over Christmas, I would have never been an actor.â€
â€œI wouldâ€™ve been a police officer,â€ she continued. â€œHeâ€™s my date tonight, because I thought heâ€™d bring me luck, and although heâ€™s not my manager and we havenâ€™t worked together in 30, 40 years, he is the reason Iâ€™m an actor and thereâ€™s no one else I am more grateful for that because itâ€™s given me a creative life I never thought Iâ€™d have.â€
The Saturn Awards, which honors motion picture, television, home entertainment, and live stage productions in the horror and sci-fi genres, was hosted by Aisha Tyler, and fittingly held on Friday the 13th at The Avalon in Hollywood. â€œWelcome to the Saturn Awards. Tonight, we celebrate everything that used to get us kicked and beaten in school,â€ Tyler quipped as she started the show.
Curtis was just one ofÂ the nightâ€™s many big winners. Longtime Saturn Awards presenter and attendee, â€œStar Trek: Discoveryâ€ star Doug Jones, took home his first award at the show for best supporting actor in a streaming presentation. Meanwhile, Zendaya nabbed best supporting actress for â€œSpider-Man: Far From Home,â€ and Josh Brolin won best supporting actor for â€œAvengers: Infinity War.â€
â€œAvengers: Endgameâ€ led the awards with six Saturns, taking home best comic-to-motion picture release, best actor in a film (Robert Downey Jr.), best film production design, best film editing, best film make-up and best film special/visual effects. Game of Thrones took home four: best fantasy television series, best actress on a television series (Emilia Clarke), best supporting actor on a television series (Peter Dinklage) and best performance by a younger actor on a television series (Maisie Williams).