Hurtful headlines. Prurient paparazzi. Fickle fans. Enough already! Jodie Foster defends a kid actor’s right to be a kid.
We’ve all seen the headlines at the check-out counter. “Kristen Stewart Caught.” We’ve all thumbed the glossy pages here and there. “Kris and Rob a couple?” We all catch the snaps. “I like that dress. I hate the hair. Cute couple. Bad shoes.” There’s no guilt in acknowledging the human interest in public linens. It’s as old as the hills. Lift up beautiful young people like gods and then pull them down to earth to gaze at their seams. See, they’re just like us. But we seldom consider the childhoods we unknowingly destroy in the process.
I have been an actress since I was 3 years old, 46 years to date. I have no memories of a childhood outside the public eye. I am told people look to me as a success story. Often complete strangers approach me and ask, How have you stayed so normal, so well-adjusted, so private? I usually lie and say, “Just boring I guess.” The truth is, like some curious radioactive mutant, I have invented my own gothic survival tools. I have fashioned rules to control the glaring eyes. Maybe I’ve organized my career choices to allow myself (and the ones I truly love) maximum personal dignity. And, yes, I have neurotically adapted to the gladiator sport of celebrity culture, the cruelty of a life lived as a moving target. In my era, through discipline and force of will, you could still manage to reach for a star-powered career and have the authenticity of a private life. Sure, you’d have to lose your spontaneity in the elaborate architecture. You’d have to learn to submerge beneath the foul air and breathe through a straw. But at least you could stand up and say, I will not willfully participate in my own exploitation. Not anymore. If I were a young actor or actress starting my career today in the new era of social media and its sanctioned hunting season, would I survive? Would I drown myself in drugs, sex, and parties? Would I be lost?
I’ve said it before and I will say it again: if I were a young actor today I would quit before I started. If I had to grow up in this media culture, I don’t think I could survive it emotionally. I would only hope that someone who loved me, really loved me, would put their arm around me and lead me away to safety. Sarah Tobias would never have danced before her rapists in The Accused. Clarice would never have shared the awful screaming of the lambs to Dr. Lecter. Another actress might surely have taken my place, opened her soul to create those characters, surrendered her vulnerabilities. But would she have survived the paparazzi peering into her windows, the online harassment, the public humiliations, without overdosing in a hotel room or sticking her face with needles until she became unrecognizable even to herself?
Acting is all about communicating vulnerability, allowing the truth inside yourself to shine through regardless of whether it looks foolish or shameful. To open and give yourself completely. It is an act of freedom, love, connection. Actors long to be known in the deepest way for their subtleties of character, for their imperfections, their complexities, their instincts, their willingness to fall. The more fearless you are, the more truthful the performance. How can you do that if you know you will be personally judged, skewered, betrayed? If you’re smart, you learn to willfully disassociate, to compartmentalize. Putting your emotions into a safety box definitely comes in handy when the public throws stones. The point is to survive, intact or not, whatever the emotional cost. Actors who become celebrities are supposed to be grateful for the public interest. After all, they’re getting paid. Just to set the record straight, a salary for a given on-screen performance does not include the right to invade anyone’s privacy, to destroy someone’s sense of self.
In 2001 I spent 5 months with Kristen Stewart on the set of Panic Room mostly holed up in a space the size of a Manhattan closet. We talked and laughed for hours, sharing spontaneous mysteries and venting our boredom. I grew to love that kid. She turned 11 during our shoot and on her birthday I organized a mariachi band to serenade her at the taco bar while she blew out her candles. She begrudgingly danced around a sombrero with me but soon rushed off to a basketball game with the grip and electric departments. Her mother and I watched her jump around after the ball, hooting with every team basket. “She doesn’t want to be an actor when she grows up, does she?” I asked. Her mom sighed. “Yes … unfortunately.” We both smiled and shrugged with an ambivalence born from experience. “Can’t you talk her out of it?” I offered. “Oh, I’ve tried. She loves it. She just loves it.” More sighs. We watched her run around the court for a while, both of us silent, each thinking our own thoughts. I was pregnant at the time and found myself daydreaming of the child I might have soon. Would she be just like Kristen? All that beautiful talent and fearlessness … would she jump and dunk and make me so proud?
There’s this image I have of a perfect moment. It comes to me as a square format 8mm home movie with ’70s oversaturated reds and blues, no sound, just a scratchy loop … there’s a little white-haired girl twirling in the surf. She’s singing at the top of her lungs, jumping and spinning around in the cold water, all salty, sandy, full of joy and confidence. She’s unconscious of the camera, of course, in her own world. The camera shakes a little. Perhaps her mom’s laughing behind the lens. Could a child be more loved than in this moment? She’s perfect. She is absolutely perfect.
Cut to: Today … A beautiful young woman strides down the sidewalk alone, head down, hands drawn into fists. She’s walking fast, darting around huge men with black cameras thrusting at her mouth and chest. “Kristen, how do you feel?” “Smile Kris!” “Hey, hey, did you get her?” “I got her. I got her!” The young woman doesn’t cry. Fuck no. She doesn’t look up. She’s learned. She keeps her head down, her shades on, fists in her pockets. Don’t speak. Don’t look. Don’t cry.
My mother had a saying that she doled out after every small injustice, every heartbreak, every moment of abject suffering. “This too shall pass.” God, I hated that phrase. It always seemed so banal and out of touch, like she was telling me my pain was irrelevant. Now it just seems quaint, but oddly true … Eventually this all passes. The public horrors of today eventually blow away. And, yes, you are changed by the awful wake of reckoning they leave behind. You trust less. You calculate your steps. You survive. Hopefully in the process you don’t lose your ability to throw your arms in the air again and spin in wild abandon. That is the ultimate F.U. and—finally—the most beautiful survival tool of all. Don’t let them take that away from you.
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The ‘Flightplan’ star is also set to executive produce the ‘Sopranos’-like show, which centers on a ‘lethal woman who runs a family-based crime syndicate.’
Jodie Foster is going to lend her directing skill to new Showtime drama. The two-time Academy Award winner for Best Actress is attached to direct and executive produce a mob series “Angie’s Body” for the premium cable channel.
Described as a “Sopranos”-like drama, the show revolves around “a shrewd, sexy and, when necessary, lethal woman who runs a family-based crime syndicate,” Deadline reports. “Heroes” and “Jericho” scribe Rob Fresco provides the script and will serve as executive producer alongside Foster and Russ Krasnoff.
Foster and Showtime previously teamed up for 1998’s TV movie “The Baby Dance” in which she took the producing role. The “Silence of the Lambs” actress’ latest directorial stint was 2011’s “The Beaver” starring Mel Gibson. She will next grace the big screen through Neill Blomkamp’s “Elysium”.
News of the “Angie’s Body” development comes as Showtime recently announced the cancellation of female-centric show “The Big C”. The Laura Linney-starring drama comedy series will return for a very short fourth and final season in 2013. Mary-Louise Parker’ “Weeds” will also air its last episode later this year.
X17online.com caught Jodie while she was out and about on Friday afternoon (2012/11/08). She actually was photographed smiling which we all know is rare while she is facing papparazzi. I reckon she didnt actually recognized them. 😉
A nice little interview I found on youtube lately. Jodie enjoys it to be part of this group. What you think?
Jodie Foster is looking to cable TV as a future site for her Oscar-winning talent, joining other big-screen stars who are finding pay TV can pay off.
The 49-year-old actress and director says she is “developing a few things” likely destined for cable, calling the format “a good outlet for what I do.”
“I think I may spend some time on cable,” Foster said at July’s Comic-Con, where she was promoting her next big-screen role: Starring opposite Matt Damon in “Elysium,” writer-director Neill Blomkamp’s follow-up to his hit Oscar-nominated debut, “District 9.”
Due next March, “Elysium” is set 150 years in the future in a world where Earth is polluted, diseased and overpopulated, so the wealthiest citizens create a utopic habitat in space.
Foster wanted to work with Blomkamp after seeing “District 9,” which she called “a perfect film … the movie I wish I would have directed.”
Foster said she intends to direct again, but hasn’t found her next project. Her directorial credits include 1991’s “Little Man Tate,” 1995’s “Home for the Holidays” and last year’s “The Beaver.”
“It’s a long process,” she said. “Because I do make personal films, they’re hard to get off the ground, especially nowadays.”
That’s why cable might be her next stop, as it has been of late for such big-screen staples as Nicole Kidman, Kevin Costner and Julianne Moore.
“I think it’s a good outlet for what I do,” Foster said. “What I do are personal stories and, in some ways, usually involve family and they have equal amounts of comedy and drama, sometimes an absurdist twist, and they’re very verbal. And I like constructing complex characters and hopefully seeing this sort of tapestry of how they interact with each other over time evolve. Well, TV’s the place for that.”
So would the two-time Oscar winner helm a series?
“Maybe,” she said with a smile. “You never know.”
Source: 2012 The Associated Press.
Jodie Foster has reportedly said she will be there for Kristen Stewart if she wants to “cry her heart out”.
The Hollywood actress has reportedly made contact with the 22-year-old star to offer her a refuge from the criticism she has come up against since her affair with married director Rupert Sanders became public news.
While Jodie does not agree with Kristen’s actions – both in hurting her partner Robert Pattinson and for the effect it’s had on Rupert’s family – the 49-year-old star is a great believer in giving people second chances.
“Jodie told Kristen to take no notice of the media bashing and said if she wanted to cry her heart out to her she’s always available,” a source revealed to Radar Online. “Jodie loved Rob and is disappointed with Kristen for cheating on him. However, she knows at 22, she’s still very young and unfortunately people make mistakes in life.
“She thinks Kristen will learn from this and will only grow into a more mature person because of it.”
Jodie and Kristen formed a friendship when they co-starred alongside each other in 2002 film Panic Room. It is reported that Jodie made a bee line for Kristen when she discovered the world had found out about her affair.
“Jodie is a mother-like figure to her,” the source added. “She certainly has no intention of turning her back on Kristen during such a difficult period in her life.”
Jodie Foster shares screen time with Matt Damon in their new film Elysium — one scene to be exact, though she says she wanted more! We spoke to Jodie at Comic-Con today about working alongside Matt and her character, who she describes as “tough, French, and elegant.” Take a look at our interview.
There are evidently representatives from most parts of Denmark among the approximately 40,000 Danish fans at last night’s Madonna concert in the park.
But none of them has traveled as far away as world star Jodie Foster, who has also made a quick trip to the East of Copenhagen after the concert.
Several concert-goers said unanimously that the Hollywood actress was excitingly enjoying the concert like most others on the lawn near the front fence. There were no VIP status for Miss Foster, who enjoys herself among the ordinary spectators.
Jodie Foster is best known for her brilliant performance as Clarice Sterling in the legendary thriller Silence of the Lambs in 1991. But besides this wonderful performance, she has also starred in other Hollywood blockbusters as Panic Room, Inside Man and Contact.
Translated from Source: http://ekstrabladet.dk/
Jodie Foster at Comic-Con? Absolutely believe it. She and Matt Damon will be part of a panel that day for Elysium, Neill Blomkamp’s follow-up to District 9, which launched its initial ad campaign at Comic-Con (“this restroom is for humans only”) a year before actually showing footage there that really hyped things up. This is the biggest unknown quantity announced so far, the “we didn’t even know to be excited about it yet” item that could end up being the big-buzz item a la 300 (or, ahem, Sucker Punch).
This news emerged today as Comic-Con continued its day-by-day rollout of what’s in store this year, releasing its schedule for Friday July 13.
Elysium is surrounded on the Sony panel by Total Recall (they gave that a big push last year, and movies about to open seem less interesting to Con-goers) and Looper, which got a great reaction at Wondercon. Screen Gems’ latest Resident Evil sequel, which shared space with Looper and The Amazing Spider-Man at Wondercon, gets a panel all to itself, featuring all the usual regulars from the movies plus Michelle Rodriguez, somehow returning despite being killed in the first film.
Though he spent a few years developing the high profile Halo film that never came to be, director Neill Blomkamp burst onto the film scene in a big way with his stellar 2009 sci-fi pic District 9. Not only did the film include some truly killer effects work, but it was actually about something and tackled social issues like segregation and xenophobia on a sci-fi platform. It’s been three long years since District 9 opened, and fans are eagerly awaiting Blomkamp’s follow-up, the futuristic thriller Elysium. Plot details have been firmly under wraps, but we know that it fits squarely into the sci-fi genre and stars Matt Damon, Jodi Foster, Wagner Moura, Sharlto Copley, William Fichtner and Diego Luna.
A full synopsis for Elysium has been brought to our attention, giving us a much better idea of what to expect. The film is apparently screening for preview audiences tonight and the ticket includes a fairly detailed logline for the pic. As with District 9, it appears that Elysium will also be dealing with grander issues than space guns and aliens. Hit the jump to read the synopsis. Elysium is slated to open on March 1st, 2013.
In the year 2159 two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard line government ofﬁcial, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Matt Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.