9:48pm PT by Katie Kilkenny
Jamie Lee Curtis Reveals Side Hustle as Inventor
While appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday night, Jamie Lee Curtis revealed that, in addition to acting, she has dabbled in inventing.
When the ABC host asked her why she has patents in her name, the Halloween actress launched into a story about changing her daughter's diaper one time when she was far away from the wipes. "In that moment, I said, 'Aha, I have to invent a diaper that has a wiper built into the diaper.' And I invented Dipe and Wipe, and I patented it."
Dipe and Wipe is not yet available to buy because, as Curtis put it, "At the time, it felt a little landfill-y." She mentioned, however, that today her diaper could be made with biodegradable materials.
Curtis' invention, called "infant garment," was patented in 1987. The patent includes pictures of what she called "a disposable infant garment which takes the form of a diaper including, on its outer side, a sealed, but openable, moisture-proof pocket which contains one or more clean-up wipers." You can see Curtis' full patent here.
Also on Live! Curtis explained why she chose to go on Kimmel's show, though she said she "do[esn't] do late-night television." Mentioning Kimmel's work with The Children's Hospital and his conversations with her husband about fly-fishing, Curtis said, "I am only here because you are such a good guy."
Curtis brought Kimmel some fly-fishing flies as a "hosting gift."
Given that Curtis' latest movie arrives in theaters Oct. 19, the two naturally discussed Halloween as well. Curtis said, to Kimmel's surprise, that the holiday is quite boring at her house. "Nobody comes to my house. I put the candy out. I always am hoping and then there's the candy the next morning, and I eat it," she said.
And when Kimmel admitted that he doesn't watch horror movies, Curtis admitted she felt the same way. "You and me," she said.