Jamie Lee Curtis can take her purpose as Jake Gyllenhaal’s “celebrity godmother” incredibly significantly.
In simple fact, actress, author and podcast producer Curtis remains similarly as invested in all of her godchildren, no matter of their level of fame.
The 3rd and last season of Curtis’ podcast Letters From Camp is now readily available to hear to on Audible, and at the time once more, the children’s audiobook collection attributes a quantity of surprise movie star cameos.
Curtis, the creator, producer and voice actor on Letters From Camp, sat down with Newsweek to examine the last period, why she was hesitant to do the job with her godson Gyllenhaal on it, and how it felt to reunite with Daniel Radcliffe for the initial time due to the fact ahead of he was Harry Potter.
Stopping a ‘Transactional’ Relationship with Godson Gyllenhaal
Other than staying credited as producers on the exact same documentary sequence, Jamie Lee Curtis and her godson Jake Gyllenhaal have in no way labored collectively in the leisure industry—a deliberate go by Curtis.
“Jake and I have identified each other a very long time,” Curtis instructed Newsweek. “And when Jake grew to become an actor, I explained to him a person working day, ‘I’m your celebrity godmother. I will be listed here for you in any way I can to help you navigate all of this. Due to the fact I do not want anything at all from you.’
“I have built it pretty crystal clear that I do not ask nearly anything of my godchildren,” Curtis said.
In fact, there are a handful of users in the Jamie Lee Curtis godchildren club. As properly as Gyllenhaal, there ended up two other godchildren associated in Letters From Camp, which includes the co-writer of the collection, Boco Haft. The total collection has been primarily based on a genuine letter she wrote to Curtis when she was 12 yrs old at summer season camp.
Curtis said she’s been “graced” with a ton of persons inquiring her to be godmother to their little ones. Godson Sam Haft also provides the voice of Igor in Letters From Camp, while one more of her godchildren is the aforementioned multi-Oscar-nominated actor. Curtis takes her “obligation extremely seriously” for each individual of them.
“I was nervous about inquiring Jake,” Curtis stated, of recruiting Gyllenhaal to deliver the voice of Trout the water athletics director at Camp Cartwright. “Since I never want [our relationship] to be transactional.
“I never ask him to appear to motion picture premieres. I never check with when men and women do long lead interviews in publications, and they constantly say, ‘Well, can we contact Jake? Can we call Arnold Schwarzenegger to get rates?’ I say ‘no, you are unable to get in touch with Jake.'”
As it turned out, Gyllenhaal’s residing problem led to him showing up in this “coincidental collaboration” on Letters From Camp.
“In the course of COVID, he arrived in Los Angeles and needed a position to remain so he moved in to this property up coming door I have. He finished up keeping there for 4 or five months,” Curtis recalled. “He came around one particular working day, and I had this variety of seem on my deal with.
“And he was like, ‘What’s likely on with you?’ I was like, ‘Is there any way you would contemplate voicing this?’ Inside a next, he was like, ‘Yes, of system. Oh, my God. Oh, how exciting. Who is he? What do I get to do? What is actually he do?’ And he promptly turned him into a character.”
Curtis continued: “Then we recorded him under a desk with a mattress on top rated of it.
“I attempt not to push my godchildren into operate, but that’s just a own point. This was the very first and only time I have questioned him to collaborate with me on an artistic venture.”
Reuniting With Movie star Pals
The majority of Letters From Camp has been recorded remotely by the a variety of voice actors.
This features regulars like Sunny Sandler (Adam Sandler’s daughter), Edi Patterson (The Righteous Gemstones) and Kirby Howell-Baptiste (The Good Place). Acknowledging that she should to arrange a wrap celebration for all of the actors to get jointly for the first time, Curtis claimed the greatest she’s accomplished so much is send out out Letters From Camp swag, which incorporates a “Harmless Space” towel, a bucket hat and a bandana—”a important factor for the stop of the season.”
There have been many celebrity cameos through the a few seasons, and for the most portion it was uncomplicated to recruit talent, while there was just one actor that obtained Curtis anxious to request.
“Just about every actor we requested to do this did it, there was no next alternative.
“When I wrote to Daniel Radcliffe, he had played my son in The Tailor of Panama (2001), and I had not noticed him since he turned Harry Potter, and then he became the actor that he is turn out to be. I realized him when he was 7 or 8 or 9 yrs previous.
“I wrote him, and he wrote back and mentioned that it sounded great, but he required to browse the script first—that was in all probability the most anxious I was.”
Curtis continued: “I bear in mind in which I was sitting down when the mobile phone rang, and it was Daniel. I looked down at the cellphone and it claimed ‘Daniel Radcliffe’ and I quickly picked up the phone, ‘Hello’, and he goes [Curtis puts on a British accent] ‘Hello. I enjoy it. I can not wait. It can be so funny,’ [her British accent fades out] ‘It’s so perfectly published, what a wonderful component. I might enjoy to do it.'”
As nicely as Radcliffe, Jacob Tremblay joined the cast—a recommendation which arrived from Sunny Sandler three decades in the past.
Unusual Al Yankovic was recruited as a good friend and Curtis also requested her husband, Christopher Guest to enable out far too. “I was fearful to ask my husband to do a modest portion in our show simply because I you should not talk to him to collaborate with me very typically in that stuff,” she reported. “We do other things…”
Why ‘Letters From Camp’ Won’t Go to Tv
Even though marketing the earlier seasons of Letters From Camp, Curtis had talked over how she’d originally conceived the strategy as a Television set display. With the close on the horizon, Curtis claims that’s no more time needed.
“I imagine it is fantastic as a podcast. I believe it is fantastic.
“Sunny Sandler is now 15 a long time old, and I would not want to do the exhibit devoid of Sunny. I would only want to know Mookie Hooper as Sunny Sandler. And my guess is we could not get Kirby Howell-Baptiste, we couldn’t get Edi Patterson. My guess is we couldn’t get Daniel Radcliffe to engage in the season of Charlie Cartwright. I am not confident Jake Gyllenhaal would demonstrate up, and he’s too old to enjoy Trout in a Tv set exhibit.”
Reaffirming her point that Letters From Camp should really keep on being a a single-and-done podcast, Curtis ongoing: “I believe it is really fantastic. I assume it lives in the sounds and the feelings that are communicated through the portal that Audible has produced. And I think it really is perfect. in its in its entirety, in this instant. And I never want for it to be something even bigger than this.”
Each individual of Letters From Camp’s seasons consists of 8 episodes, break up up into diverse “Weeks.” Weeks 1 by means of 8, Seasons 1 by means of 3 are offered to listen to on Audible now.
“It truly is unfortunate, but beautifully emotional,” Curtis said, reflecting on her time at Camp Cartwright coming to an finish. “It really is pretty satisfying on how the full thing finished up. I couldn’t be a lot more proud of it.”