Actress Jamie Lee Curtis has told RTÉ Entertainment how she feels right at home in Ireland and says she reckons "Irish people are maybe the warmest people you'll ever meet in the world".

The 59-year-old star, who is in Dublin to promote her return to the Halloween film franchise, spoke about her deep grá for the Emerald Isle.

Lee Curtis said: "I love Ireland! I actually lived here with John Boorman in Wicklow when we made The Tailor of Panama here. 

"Lainey Keogh - the great knitter - is a dear friend of mine. I have good friends here. I saw John for lunch today at my hotel as I flew in," she added.

Lee Curtis said that Ireland holds a special place in her heart and said she always feels a "really deep sense of love and affection" when she visits.

"It does feel very much like coming home. Irish people are maybe the warmest people you'll ever meet in the world." 

"There's just a really deep sense of love and affection given. I've always felt that way here and I'm just so happy to be here."

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In the latest Halloween outing, Curtis' character Laurie Strode faces a terrifying showdown when serial killer Michael Myers, who she first encountered in the original Halloween four decades ago in 1978, returns.

The Hollywood veteran admits the upcoming movie brought her on an emotional roller coaster and said if it wasn't for the company of her little pooch Runi, she would have been a "mess".

"It was emotional. There was a depth of feeling that I was not anticipating. I was away from my family. I don’t travel away from my family very much. My children are grown now so it’s a little easier.

"I did have my little dog with me, so that made me feel a little okay. If I didn’t have Runi with me, I would have been a mess, because I was really quite alone, and doing a role about a woman who was quite alone.

"Every day I was living trauma. Between the emotions and the physical aspects of the movie, a lot of fighting and a lot of stunt work,  and then being isolated from my family, and long drives by myself in a car in the middle of nowhere, I did find myself kind of really quite broken and very vulnerable.

"I'm happy to be back in my clothes and back with my family and I get to see my husband tomorrow".

Halloween hits cinemas nationwide on October 19.

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