Jodie Foster is opening up about the #MeToo movement, her childhood stardom and her “fraught” relationship with her mother.
The 55-year-old spoke with NET-A-PORTER’s digital magazine, PorterEdit, sharing how she thinks women are questioning their past behaviours following the #MeToo movement.
“I don’t think there is a woman I know, who doesn’t look back on when they were 15, 16, 17 or 18, who doesn’t put their hand on their head and say, ‘Why did I do that? Why was I like that? Why wasn’t I confident? Why didn’t I say no?,'” she said.
However, Foster further explained that she was immensely moved by the #MeToo movement, but now wants to focus on the next step.
“This is a transitional period, and it’s just so painful. You really have to have a plan for truth and reconciliation. We can’t put every man over 30 in jail,” she said. “We have to love our brothers and fathers and come to an understanding about how we got here and who we are going to be together.”
When asked about if her childhood stardom with an industry-savvy mother helped protect her from Hollywood’s “abusers,” the “Hotel Artemis” star explained why she felt like she didn’t follow the same path as other women coming into the industry in their early 20s.
“The weird cauldron that made me – working from the time I was 3-years-old, supporting my family by the time that I was 7, super-strong mom, over-confident personality, celebrity young enough that I learned to be stand-offish,” she said. “I think there’s a whole bunch of reasons why I didn’t have the same path as someone who came to Hollywood at 22 with two cents in her pocket and just wanted more than anything else to be an actor; it’s just a different life.”
The Oscar-winning actress also opened up about her complicated relationship with her mother growing up, revealing that she felt a lot of pressure to provide her mother with happiness.
“I was bred to be [my mother’s] partner. My whole life was with my mom, travelling on the road together, going to see French movies and German movies, and talking about why they worked and why they didn’t. She made me do the things she couldn’t do well,” Foster recalled. “It was an interesting relationship that was fraught – wonderful but painful, too.”
“When I was young, I didn’t choose my own roles. My mom chose my roles. I mean she would talk to me a little bit about it, but sometimes I didn’t read the script – I would just read my part,” she added.
Having spent over four decades in Hollywood, with her big break at the age of 12 in Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver”, Foster told PorterEdit that she’s reluctant to become a spokesperson for people navigating the industry and would rather support causes on her own terms.
“I don’t feel that I am a spokesperson for anything. It’s just not my personality. I do serve – I just serve in a different way. I do reach out sometimes to women in the industry. And men, too, who I can see would benefit from the experience I have had about surviving intact,” she shared. “If there’s anything that I have to be a role model about, it is prioritizing my own self-worth and psychological health above all. And if not, I don’t know where I would be today. I mean, there is a carpet of ex-child actors who did not make it.”
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