09/28/2015 03:28 pm ET

Jamie Lee Curtis Gets Candid About Trying To Find Work After 'Halloween'

She also gushes about Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jake Gyllenhaal.
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Jamie Lee Curtis is one of the most successful actresses working today, but she didn't get here without facing a few obstacles first. 

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly's Jess Cagle, the actress admits that following the release of the classic horror film "Halloween," she wasn't getting as much work as she'd hoped for

When asked about her appearance on the show "The Love Boat," Curtis provided an explanation as to how she landed the role (which just so happened to be alongside her mother, Janet Leigh). 

"Here's what happened with 'The Love Boat,'" she said. "'Halloween' had come out -- big hit. You would think maybe I'd get a job. Nothing. Nothing. Here's what I got after 'Halloween:' 'Love Boat' with my mother. Playing my mother's daughter, where I wear pigtails and a bathing suit on an episode of 'Love Boat.'" 

She goes on to say, "That's why John Carpenter wrote 'The Fog,' and gave me that part. He was like, 'I don't get it. Why aren't people hiring you?'" 

Now, Curtis said, "it's all good." Since appearing in "The Fog," the actress starred in plenty of other films, including "True Lies" with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Curtis couldn't help but gush about the former California governor, calling him a "great guy."

To listen to her whole interview, just watch the video below.


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