The Halloween star is one of the OG scream queens and, whenever she has free time, she’s not afraid to clap back at her haters.
In an exclusive interview with BuzzFeed, Jamie talked about saying farewell to Laurie Strode in the latest installment of the Halloween franchise, Halloween Ends.
When I asked if she ever had any input on Laurie Strode’s storylines over the years, Jamie said she didn’t. Instead, she trusted the writers and directors, who took great care of her beloved character.
“I remember John [Carpenter] said to me, ‘I really want you to be vulnerable, and Laurie to be vulnerable,'” Jamie shared.
“I was just sort of like, ‘Okay, John, whatever.’ But it’s the reason why the movie really worked. John and Debra Hill, who co-wrote [Halloween] with John, really created a level of truth. So that when you bring in the fiction, when you bring in the monster, you really have cared about those people.”
Nearly 40 years later, Jamie recalled receiving a phone call from her godson, Jake Gyllenhaal, who said his friend, director David Gordon Green, “wanted to talk to me about making a new Halloween movie.”
“The conception was that 40 years have gone by since the events that took place on Halloween night in 1978. Laurie has never gotten any help or support for it. Think about it; by Nov. 2, 1978, Laurie would have been back in school. At the time, they would have put a bandage on her arm and sent her back to school. Nobody would have ever talked about it, and Laurie would have never gotten any help.”
Jamie went on to say that Laurie’s trauma in the 2018 version of Halloween appealed to her because it showed “a woman who lives behind barbed wire, who’s never had any help, whose family has been shattered, broken apart by Michael Myers.”
“That’s the truth,” she continued. “That’s what happens when you have untreated PTSD. That’s what happens when you don’t give someone the loving support they need. And that was the beginning of the movie.”
“I don’t have input because they did the input for me,” Jamie said. “If they had come up with a different storyline, I probably wouldn’t have done it.”
Click here to read what she thinks of those “trauma” memes and be sure to check out Halloween Ends in theaters and streaming on Peacock on Oct. 14!