Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins are reflecting on Hannibal Lecter ahead of the 20-year anniversary of “The Silence of the Lambs”.

Foster and Hopkins join Variety‘s “Actors on Actors” to reflect on the legendary introduction of the bone-chilling serial killer.

“We didn’t get to speak too much before the actual read-through,” Foster said of her first time meeting Hopkins. “We just sort of kind of waved from across the room and then sat down at the table.”

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“And as you launched into Hannibal Lecter, I felt a chill come over the room,” she told her co-star. “In a way, it was like we were almost too scared to talk to each other after that.”

Hopkins detailed the moment the character really clicked for him.

“I was naturally nervous, an Englishman — a Limey like me, a Welshman — playing an American serial killer,” he told Foster. “And I remember [director Jonathan Demme], when the camera picked me up, he said, ‘Oh, my God. That’s it. Hopkins. You’re so weird!’”

“And I said, ‘Why, thank you.’ And they wanted the lighting girl to come into my cell, and I said, ‘What are you doing in my cell?’ And [Jonathan] said, ‘Oh, my God.’ So I knew I had pressed the right button,” he added.

Moving onto a larger conversation about acting, Foster revealed she is often at odds with her acting career.

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“I felt like I never had an actor’s personality,” she shared. “Much to my chagrin, it does not come naturally to me, or easily. I’m much more of a reader or a thinker. I’m a chess mover. Acting was just something that was my family’s job, my family’s profession, that I fell into.

“I have to say, at least once a week, I say, ‘Oh, I’m never going act again.’ But it draws you back in,” she added. “I think it’s good for somebody like me, who does live in their head a lot — to get out of my head and have to live in my body. And I think that’s benefited me as a person.”

“The Silence of the Lambs” premiered Jan. 30, 1991, to commercial and critical acclaim.