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Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster

Birthday: 19 November 1962, Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth Name: Alicia Christian Foster
Height: 160 cm

Alicia Christian Foster was born in Los Angeles on November 19, 1962. She is the daughter of Evelyn Ella "Brandy" (Almond) and Lucius Fisher Foster III, an Air Force lieutenant colonel and l ...Show more

Jodie Foster
[on "Foster Child", her brother Buddy Foster's unauthorized biography about her] A cheap cry for att Show more [on "Foster Child", her brother Buddy Foster's unauthorized biography about her] A cheap cry for attention and money filled with hazy recollections, fantasies and borrowed press releases. Buddy has done nothing but break our mother's heart his whole life. Hide
[on devoting more time to parenting her sons than film work] There's something so pure about the way Show more [on devoting more time to parenting her sons than film work] There's something so pure about the ways boys love you. Hide
[on Jennifer Lawrence] The good news is that Jen, her good-humoured, ballsy, free-spirited ego with Show more [on Jennifer Lawrence] The good news is that Jen, her good-humoured, ballsy, free-spirited ego with the husky voice and a propensity for junk food - Jen, the spirited tomboy from Kentucky - that Jen's got it together. A hoot. A gem. A gem with a killer stare. Hide
I'm lucky that people do leave me alone. I'm not Madonna. The red carpet is work for me. I work from Show more I'm lucky that people do leave me alone. I'm not Madonna. The red carpet is work for me. I work from 9-to-5 and when I get home, I don't want to go back to work by going to an industry event. For me, putting on makeup and a fancy dress is work. Hide
[on the making of Taxi Driver (1976)] There was a welfare worker on the set every day and she saw th Show more [on the making of Taxi Driver (1976)] There was a welfare worker on the set every day and she saw the daily rushes of all my scenes and made sure I wasn't on set when Robert De Niro said a dirty word. Hide
[on the making of Taxi Driver (1976)] You rarely have a director like Martin Scorsese or a co-star l Show more [on the making of Taxi Driver (1976)] You rarely have a director like Martin Scorsese or a co-star like Robert De Niro, who rehearses and rehearses until you get the feeling that for the time you're with him he is the character. It's so real it's frightening. Hide
I'm interested in directing movies about situations that I've lived, so they are almost a personal e Show more I'm interested in directing movies about situations that I've lived, so they are almost a personal essay about what I've come to believe in. Hide
[In April 2004, on the advantages of being an actress who is months from turning 40] They've lived l Show more [In April 2004, on the advantages of being an actress who is months from turning 40] They've lived longer, they're more confident about their choices and they don't have to be hip and cool anymore, which I think is a godsend--you make really bad choices when you are trying to be hip. Hide
[Criticizing the film adaptation of Sin City (2005)] That was so painfully cartoonish I was offended Show more [Criticizing the film adaptation of Sin City (2005)] That was so painfully cartoonish I was offended. I don't know how you enjoy or laugh about a child abduction and molestation. What part of that sentence is funny? I can't get beyond that. I don't know if everyone understands the impact of that movie's message. Hide
[on Taxi Driver (1976)] I think it's one of the finest films that's ever been made in America. It's Show more [on Taxi Driver (1976)] I think it's one of the finest films that's ever been made in America. It's a statement about America. About violence. About loneliness. Anonymity. Some of the best works are those that have tried to imitate that kind of film, that kind of style. It's just a classic. I felt when I came home every day that I had really accomplished something. Hide
I think "destiny" is just a fancy word for a psychological pattern. I think "destiny" is just a fancy word for a psychological pattern.
[on her role as the child prostitute Iris in Taxi Driver (1976)] At first I didn't want to do the pa Show more [on her role as the child prostitute Iris in Taxi Driver (1976)] At first I didn't want to do the part, but only because I was afraid my friends would tease me afterward. I thought, "Wow, they've got to be kidding." It was a great part for Melanie Griffith, but I couldn't believe that they were offering it to me. I was a Disney girl. Hide
I've reached that point where I don't want to act very much anymore. I am much more interested in ho Show more I've reached that point where I don't want to act very much anymore. I am much more interested in holding off on acting, after 45 years as an actor. It's a long period of time to do the same thing. Hide
Motherhood doesn't mean I don't have a creative side that I need to nourish. It doesn't mean I don't Show more Motherhood doesn't mean I don't have a creative side that I need to nourish. It doesn't mean I don't have independence from them. I'd be a crazy person if I didn't. Hide
Cruelty might be very human, and it might be cultural, but it's not acceptable. Cruelty might be very human, and it might be cultural, but it's not acceptable.
[at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards] I hope that you're not disappointed that there won't be a big comi Show more [at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards] I hope that you're not disappointed that there won't be a big coming-out speech tonight, because I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago, back in the Stone Age. Hide
[At age 14] Kids talk like sailors now. Adults don't want to know. [At age 14] Kids talk like sailors now. Adults don't want to know.
It's not my personality to be extroverted emotionally, so acting has been helpful to me. It's not my personality to be extroverted emotionally, so acting has been helpful to me.
[on independent films] Obviously, I've made a lot of independent movies and I ran an independent pro Show more [on independent films] Obviously, I've made a lot of independent movies and I ran an independent production company and produced a bunch of independent movies. I don't make as many indie movies as an actress 'cause I don't think I'm well suited for them. I don't know why. As an actress, I think I'm better in mainstream movies because I have a very linear storytelling way and sometimes that's kind of boring for indie movies. So I think I'm a better indie movie director and producer than I am an actress. Hide
I've learned something in the last few years that I really didn't know about myself as an actor. I b Show more I've learned something in the last few years that I really didn't know about myself as an actor. I basically learned how to stay happy. It's important for me to be happy working or I feel resentful. I don't like it. I hate myself. What I know now is that I really need to love the director. I need him to be a good parent. And then I will lie down on the train tracks for him and go to the ends of the earth for him. Hide
[on her role in Taxi Driver (1976), when she was age 12] I spent four hours with a shrink trying to Show more [on her role in Taxi Driver (1976), when she was age 12] I spent four hours with a shrink trying to prove I was normal enough to play a hooker. Does that make sense? Hide
When people are there to simply do a job they don't have any passion for, those are nearly always ba Show more When people are there to simply do a job they don't have any passion for, those are nearly always bad films. Hide
[Agreeing to work with the controversial Mel Gibson in The Beaver (2011)] I grew up with the idea th Show more [Agreeing to work with the controversial Mel Gibson in The Beaver (2011)] I grew up with the idea that the movie business is a family. It's like the mob. You don't rat on your friends. Who you are in a business relationship is a reflection of who you are as an artist. Hide
I'm nervous every day on a film set. The anxiety of performance is not like anything else because yo Show more I'm nervous every day on a film set. The anxiety of performance is not like anything else because you never know if you'll get there or not. There is an anxiety when it comes to finding the truth. Hide
Mel [Gibson] and I work in the same way. We're people who focus intensely but for a short period of Show more Mel [Gibson] and I work in the same way. We're people who focus intensely but for a short period of time. One minute he's standing there making a joke. And then, bam! He's in it. It's all about concentration. What do you need to concentrate. Hide
Acting, for me, is exhausting. I'm always more energized by directing. It's more intense to direct. Show more Acting, for me, is exhausting. I'm always more energized by directing. It's more intense to direct. I can pop in and express myself, then pop out again. It's a huge passion for me. Hide
If I fail, at least I will have failed my way. If I fail, at least I will have failed my way.
[on her role as the child prostitute Iris in Taxi Driver (1976)] I played something completely diffe Show more [on her role as the child prostitute Iris in Taxi Driver (1976)] I played something completely different. But I knew the character I had to play--I grew up three blocks away from Hollywood Boulevard and saw prostitutes like Iris every day. Hide
[on backing Mel Gibson after his 2006 anti-Semitic comments while drunk to a cop he thought was Jewi Show more [on backing Mel Gibson after his 2006 anti-Semitic comments while drunk to a cop he thought was Jewish] Is he an anti-Semite? Absolutely not. But it's no secret that he has always fought a terrible battle with alcoholism. [Mel] was a shining example of how low you can go when you are young and still pull yourself up. He took his recovery very seriously, which is why I know he is strong enough to get through this now. Hide
Normal is not something to aspire to, it's something to get away from. Normal is not something to aspire to, it's something to get away from.
I love to see theater but not to work in it. Too messy, and I have a bit of an inferiority complex. I love to see theater but not to work in it. Too messy, and I have a bit of an inferiority complex.
As time goes on, I will play characters who get older: I don't want to be some Botoxed weirdo. As time goes on, I will play characters who get older: I don't want to be some Botoxed weirdo.
[on Richard Gere] A lot of actors think acting is a girl's job, but Richard finds something sensuous Show more [on Richard Gere] A lot of actors think acting is a girl's job, but Richard finds something sensuous in acting. Hide
I could tell you the criticism backward and forward about Little Man Tate (1991). But it didn't both Show more I could tell you the criticism backward and forward about Little Man Tate (1991). But it didn't bother me as long as they were talking about the work and not about "she has fat thighs" or something. But I fared really well with "Tate", so I shouldn't be complaining. Hide
Being understood is not the most essential thing in life. Being understood is not the most essential thing in life.
What I didn't realize is how completely consumed I would be by my sons. I didn't know that the rest Show more What I didn't realize is how completely consumed I would be by my sons. I didn't know that the rest of my life would become so little a priority. Hide
Jodie Foster's FILMOGRAPHY
All as Actor (82) as Director (3)
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