Jamie Lee Curtis Covers Good Housekeeping October 2012

Posted Tuesday September 4, 2012 11:44 AM GMT

With her hit show "NCIS" set to return for its tenth season beginning on September 25th, Jamie Lee Curtis garnered herself a little added exposure by covering the October 2012 issue of Good Housekeeping magazine.

The 53-year-old actress looked colorful and casual for the Andrew Eccles shot front page while talking about her fears, revealing the bravest thing she’s ever done, and opening up about marriage, family and parenting in the accompanying feature article.

Highlights from Jamie Lee's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Good Housekeeping!

On the difference between kids and adults when it comes to risk-taking:
"As I focused on how we encourage kids to take risks, I realized that as adults, we don't do anything new. We eat the same food. Sleep with our husbands the same way. We don't try new things, yet we want our children to do that every day of their lives. Trying something new and challenging yourself is what life is all about."

On if there's anything at which she's ever failed:
“Failure sounds like there's an end to it. I struggled with addiction, and for a long time I felt like I was failing. I feel like a failure as a mother a lot, because despite my best efforts, I have replicated parts of how I was parented [that I didn't want to]. Even though I vowed not to and felt like I was doing it so differently, in many ways I repeated some of the same problems.”

On feeling comfortable in her own skin:
“It's an evolution. I just reach a point where I'm feeling comfortable in my skin, and then my skin starts moving — all of a sudden, it's going places it isn't meant to go. I'm getting older; I'm a human being.”

On the bravest thing she’s ever done:
“Getting sober [13 years ago] was the single bravest thing I've ever done and will ever do in my life. Not [running] a 5K — facing an addiction. Being courageous enough to acknowledge it privately with my family and friends. Working really hard at solidifying it, getting support around it, and being healthy. And then talking about it publicly. That is the single greatest accomplishment of my life.”

Photo Credit: Andrew Eccles for Good Housekeeping