Jodie Foster still looks back fondly on her most controversial role.
In Martin Scorsese’s 1976 classic “Taxi Driver”, the actress played a child prostitute when she was just 12 years old.
“I don’t think it was uncomfortable for me; I think it was uncomfortable for other people, but it wasn’t really for me,” Foster told Yahoo! Entertainment in a new interview. “I had been an actress for a long time, I had done a lot of movies before I did ‘Taxi Driver’. To me it was another role, and I understood the difference between making movies and actually being a person. So it wasn’t really impactful for me. I don’t think I was confused by the sexuality in the film.”
Foster also talked about the film’s portrayal of teenage sex work at the time.
“I think the movie’s a really important movie,” she said. “I’m really proud of it. Those girls existed, those girls exist, and female sexual slavery is something that we need to discuss — the complexity of it.
“So yeah, I felt pretty good about it. Sometimes I can’t believe that I was so young. When I look back and see the movie, it was surprising that I was only 12 years old. But yeah, I’m proud of it.”