Jodie Foster has walked back her 2013 Golden Globes speech in which she both come out and announced her retirement, now saying she will be acting when she’s 80.
Jodie Foster already has more than 90 combined acting and directing credits to her name, and she’s not slowing down anytime soon.
According to the New York Post, at Tuesday’s premiere of the upcoming documentary, Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blache, Foster, 56, discussed her current ambitions as a budding director, as well as her long term goals to evolve as an actress in her later years.
“I’m pretty focused on the behind-the-scenes now,” Foster said. “Sometimes I’ll make more movies as a director and sometimes more as an actor. I would say this is a more director-heavy moment, but I’m for sure going to be acting a lot when I’m 70 and 80. I’m really excited about that, actually.”
Foster, who executive produced and narrates the documentary about Guy-Blache’s accomplishments as a pioneering filmmaker, also reflected on her own start as a director when women were scarcely seen behind the camera.
“I was incredibly lucky, at a very young age, to have had lots of experience with some of the guys that had the ability to give me my first job as a director, and they trusted me,” Foster said. “At 27-years-old, to trust a woman with a substantial movie is something I’ll never forget.”
But Foster insists there’s plenty of room to grow. Though she has worked steadily in the industry for nearly five decades, the Hollywood veteran still considers herself somewhat new to filmmaking.
“I’ve always been in two different parts of the business, and as an actor I’ve made far more movies and was far more accomplished,” she said. “I’m far more confident about that, and as a director, I’m still searching. I’m young as a director, so I still have so much more to learn.”
It’s an about face from her 2013 Golden Globes speech in which she enigmatically came out and hinted at retirement from acting, saying, “Now what? I may never be on this stage. On any stage for that matter.”
Guy-Blache had a profound impact on Foster. In an era when the popular film style emphasised “grand gestures” and “theatricality,” Foster praised Guy-Blache for being ahead of her time and taking more grounded approaches to storytelling — a virtue Foster plans to incorporate into her own directing style for her films to come.
“I will always believe in realism,” Foster said. “The power of realism is why I make films. It’s why, as a little girl, I sat in the theatre and clutched my throat — because it felt real.”
More of the premiere’s attendees included Chilling Adventures of Sabrina star Kiernan Shipka, Green Book director Peter Farrelly and Moana’s Auli’i Cravalho. The guests celebrated after the screening with macarons, champagne and more French-inspired refreshments.
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