Jodie Foster on Her Forties, Her Career and Her Kids.

By Thom Fowler
Posted 06/17/02 23:54:23

Jodie Foster has already left her mark as a talented actress, director and producer and shows no signs of quitting. Her current endeavor, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, that she both produced and starred in shows the ever serious Foster taking on the challenge of being a sexually repressed Nun dealing with the sexual tension of her adolescent charges. She chose the project because she was “thinking about boys and raising boys, how different they are and the best ways to keep them safe, emotionally, spiritually and physically.”

Foster takes a long time to develop a script and she chooses films that are very personal. If she doesn’t care about the material, she can’t put the energy forth to see it to completion. But when she does get interested, She is “very single minded so I get one project in my jaw as a director and I can’t get off that until I get it made.”

Growing up on film has had an impact on Foster, whose life would be very different otherwise. In spite of a high profile incident involving an obsessed man who shot President Reagan to get her attention, she doesn’t let fame restrict her that much. “I don’t go to Disneyland in the middle of the summer, but other then that I don’t let it restrict me.” When asked if she thinks about it much, she replied, “I think about it a lot.”

And now that she’s in her forties, she is looking at her life with a new appreciation.
“I think the forties is a great time for women. The early forties is the best time really because so many things you just let go of and you just don’t have to worry about it anymore. You’ll never be Miss America , you’ll never be an olympic athlete, some of your goals have been met and the ones that haven’t been met you get it figured out. At least you know what job you are in, what career in you are in. You just have a lot less to worry about and I think it shows.”

Having children has given Foster a new perspective as well. “One of the hardest things about having young children is that you stop ever thinking about yourself at all. It is the probably the least self-reflexive time in my life. I do not think of myself ever”, she says.

And even though she has been a mainstay of televison and film for my entire life (I’m 32), she shies away from exposing her son to much television. “I don’t watch TV. We watch] Sesame Street. That’s about it, frankly, he doesn’t watch TV.

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