Actor Jamie Lee Curtis in a recent interview spoke about her daughter’s transition and journey to self-acceptance, months after revealing that that 25-year-old was a transgender. The 62-year-old also admitted that “learning new terminology and words” has been a challenge but is determined to put in the work for her daughter.
“It’s speaking a new language. I am new at it. I am not someone who is pretending to know much about it. And I’m going to blow it, I’m going to make mistakes. I would like to try to avoid making big mistakes,” she said in an interview with PEOPLE on Wednesday.
“You slow your speech down a little. You become a little more mindful about what you’re saying, how you’re saying it. You still mess up; I’ve messed up today twice. We’re human. But if one person reads this, sees a picture of Ruby and me and says, ‘I feel free to say this is who I am,’ then it’s worth it,” she added.
Meanwhile, Ruby said she was “intimidated” by the idea of coming out to her parents but ultimately did not have to worry about their reactions.
“It was scary — just the sheer fact of telling them something about me they didn’t know. It was intimidating — but I wasn’t worried. They had been so accepting of me my entire life,” Ruby told the outlet.
She revealed that she was about 16 when she began to think about her gender identity.
“A friend of mine who is trans asked me what my gender was. I told them, ‘Well, I’m male.’ After, I’d dwell on the thought. I knew I was — maybe not Ruby per se, but I knew I was different,” she recalled. “But I had a negative experience in therapy, so I didn’t come out immediately when I probably should have. Then, seven years later, still being Tom at the time, I told the person who is now my fiancé that I am probably trans. And they said, ‘I love you for who you are.’”