"I sit there with a pillow over my face most of the time," the actress tells PEOPLE

By Johnny Dodd
Updated October 07, 2015 10:10 PM
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Courtesy Jamie Lee Curtis

Sure, Jamie Lee Curtis is known as Hollywood’s reigning Scream Queen, but that certainly doesn’t mean her idea of a good time is curling up at night with a good slasher video.

In fact, Curtis – who currently stars in Fox’s new dark comedy Scream Queens – admits that she’s something of a scaredy-cat when it comes to being frightened.

“I scare easily,” Curtis says in the current issue of PEOPLE. “In fact, that’s what my tombstone should say: ‘Scared Easily’ … I just can’t watch thrillers or violence or anything with the possibility of ominousness. I’m too jumpy.”

The 56-year-old actress, whose first big break in Hollywood was playing the role of beleaguered babysitter Laurie Strode in the 1978 classic horror film Halloween, realizes how “ironic” it is that she’s a lightweight when it comes to chills and thrills. “I’m the least interested person on the planet in being frightened,” she confesses. “Life is too scary. Everything is too scary for me.”

Curtis isn’t exaggerating. Lately, she and her writer-director-actor husband Christopher Guest, 67, have been watching old episodes of Breaking Bad when she’s not shooting Scream Queens in New Orleans. “I sit there with a pillow over my face most of the time,” she admits. “It’s a control thing, I’m sure. But I just always need to know what’s going to happen.”

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To read more of Jamie Lee Curtis’ interview, pick up the current issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday