Jodie Foster is delighted to guide the upcoming generation of actors, particularly if it involves imparting valuable lessons and fostering humility in them.
The star of True Detective: Night Country has opinions about Generation Z, particularly finding them “really annoying, especially in the workplace.” Foster shared her concerns in a recent interview with The Guardian.
“They’re like, ‘Nah, I’m not feeling it today, I’m gonna come in at 10:30 a.m.,’” she remarked about contemporary workers born in the late 1990s and early 2000s. “Or, like, in emails, I’ll tell them this is all grammatically incorrect, did you not check your spelling? And they’re like, ‘Why would I do that, isn’t that kind of limiting?’”
Setting grievances aside, Foster doesn’t harbor ill feelings towards Gen Z. In fact, she actively takes steps to mentor numerous emerging talents she encounters.
“I do a lot of reaching out to young actresses,” she clarified. “I’m compelled. Because it was hard growing up.”
Considering her personal journey with child stardom, Foster is in a prime position to be an industry mentor. She embarked on her acting career early, securing her first role in a TV commercial at the age of 3. By the age of 12, she captivated audiences in Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, earning herself an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress and propelling her into the realm of Hollywood fame.
Currently, she takes pleasure in assisting others as they navigate the intricate initial phase of their careers. Foster conveyed to The Guardian, “They need to learn how to relax, how to not think about it so much, how to come up with something that’s theirs. I can help them find that, which is so much more fun than being, with all the pressure behind it, the protagonist of the story.”
Recently, Foster made the acquaintance of Bella Ramsey, the 20-year-old actress experiencing tremendous success after the first season of the acclaimed series The Last of Us. At Foster’s invitation, Ramsey introduced her at the Elle magazine Women in Hollywood celebration last month.
“I reached out to Bella, because we’d never met, and said, ‘I want you to introduce me at this thing,’ which is a wonderful event about actors and people in the movies,” Foster said, “but is also very much a fashion thing. Which means it’s determining who represents us.”
Despite the organizers’ efforts to incorporate diversity into the event, Foster expressed disappointment that the majority of attendees were “wearing heels and eyelashes.” She elaborated, stating, “There are other ways of being a woman, and it’s really important for people to see that.”
However, Foster commended Ramsey, who identifies as nonbinary, stating, “Bella, who gave the best speech, was wearing the most perfect suit, beautifully tailored, and a middle parting and no makeup.”
Source: Entertainment Weekly