Jamie Lee Curtis has declared herself “OG Nepo Baby” in an Instagram post in which she criticized recent rhetoric surrounding celebrity children. “Nepo Baby,” short for nepotism baby, became a recent trending topic due to a New York magazine cover story that analyzed the current boom in actors with famous parents. Curtis is the daughter of actors Tony Curtis (“The Sweet Smell of Success,” “The Defiant Ones”) and Janet Leigh (“Psycho”).
“I’ve been a professional actress since I was 19 so that makes me an OG Nepo baby,” Curtis wrote on Instagram. “I never understood, I never understood, what qualities led me to be hired that day, but almost 44 years after my first two lines at Quincy as a contract player at Universal Studios, in this last spectacular creative year, there hasn’t been a single day. My professional life goes by without me reminding myself that I am the daughter of film stars. The current conversation about the Napo kids is designed to try to belittle and humiliate and hurt.”
“For the record, as I’ve navigated 44 years with the benefits that my associated and reflective reputation has brought me, I don’t pretend there’s no one out there trying to tell me I’m worthless,” Curtis continued. “It’s curious how we immediately assume and make snide remarks that in relation to someone else who is famous in their field for their art, there will somehow be no genius. I’ve come to learn that’s simply not true. I’ve suited up and shown thousands of different types of work, and every day I try to bring integrity and professionalism and love and community and art to my work.”
“I’m not alone,” Curtis concluded. “There are many of us. Dedicated to our craft. Proud of our lineage. Strong in our belief in our right to exist.”
Curtis is one of the few actors who has spoken out about the “Nepo Baby” backlash after the New York magazine cover. Lily Allen wrote on Twitter that such a view could lead to “childhood trauma,” while Ice Cube’s son, actor O’Shea Jackson Jr., also railed against the term.
“I had to get my ass up and make it work,” Jackson Jr. said. Tweeted “From the roles I chose. The work ethic I put into them. My professionalism on sets and promo tours. Even leaving his agency to find a team of my own. Once the door is open it’s up to me to walk through it and thrive.”
Read Curtis’ full “Nepo Baby” post on Instagram below.