Jamie Lee Curtis Discusses Interviewing for James Cameron in Speech to Graduates With Autism

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The actress addressed the graduating class of Exceptional Minds, a vocational school for students on the spectrum.

James Cameron is on Jamie Lee Curtis' mind.

Curtis spoke to the graduating class of the Exceptional Minds vocational school in Sherman Oaks, encouraging the visual effects students to stay focused on their ultimate career goals, according to PR Newswire

"Just pretend you're going for a job with, oh I know, Jim Cameron at his visual effects studio," she said to the class of seven 20-something students, all of whom are on the autism spectrum. Cameron directed Curtis in 1994's blockbuster True Lies.

Curtis presented the Ed Asner Award for the school's standout supporters to Marvel Studios' executive vp visual effects and postproduction Victoria Alonso.

"This wonderful school that is going to give that group of kids an opportunity to live their dreams with dignity and purpose … only works if there are companies that are going to support these graduates," Curtis said in introducing Alonso. "And today, we honor one such company that is going to receive some gratitude from this community for the community they've allowed us into."

Alonso said the school's students are set apart from others in the field because of their "obsessiveness over detail."

Exceptional Minds provides vocational training in animation and visual effects.

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