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Jamie Lee Curtis: People are colourful

Jamie Lee Curtis has gushed over her experience working with Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk on their new TV show Scream Queens.

The 56-year-old actress has teamed up with esteemed American Horror Story creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk on their forthcoming TV show Scream Queens, in which she portrays character Dean Cathy Munsch.

And while promoting Scream Queens during a panel chat at Comic-Con International in San Diego, California, Jamie Lee spoke of how impressed she is with the programme’s script writing.

“As someone who has spent her life working in horror films, many of them not written well, the reason why we are all here is because of the writing,” she gushed, according to Deadline.

“Everyone has so many colours. We lob people into boxes and expect them to be one thing. Ryan’s shows are quite complicated … the genius is you think you know who Cathy is, but as more is revealed, it contradicts the original impression. That’s what keeps you coming back every week.”

Jamie Lee is hailed as one of the original ‘scream queens’, a female protagonist typically depicted as a damsel-in-distress in horror movies, for her work in 1978 slasher classic Halloween.

And Ryan wasn’t even open to shooting Scream Queens if she wasn’t involved.

“If you’re not doing the show, we’re not doing it,” Ryan recalled saying to Jamie Lee directly, before explaining, “It was an homage to her. I wanted to see Jamie Lee Curtis have sex with an 18-year old! If you hire Jamie Lee Curtis, you want to see her kicking a*s and fighting back. So we’re writing a scene where she’s fighting three killers.”

Scream Queens, which also stars Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Keke Palmer and Ariana Grande, premieres on Fox network in the US on September 22.

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