Even though Jodie Foster has been in show business since the age of 7, she has no intention of retiring from acting or directing anytime soon. In fact, the Oscar winner wants to continue doing so way into her later years.
“I’m pretty focused on the behind the scenes right now. I think I go in and out. Sometimes I’ll make more movies as a director and sometimes more as an actor,” the 56-year-old said at the Los Angeles premiere of The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché on Tuesday, April 9. “I will say this is more a 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. So yeah, I can’t imagine not doing either one. Its kinda like how you taught yourself how you breathe and I can’t imagine choosing between them.”
The documentary is about the first female filmmaker, a topic close to Jodie’s heart. She discussed her own place in the industry — especially now that she has been behind the camera more lately than in front of the camera, where we’re used to seeing her. Jodie talked about if she’s ever felt overlooked as a director.
“No, I think I’m too insecure to be overlooked,” Jodie said. “I do two different things, that of an actor and a director, and you know, sometimes produce and write and stuff like that. I’ve always been in two different parts of the business. And as an actor, I’ve made far more movies and far more accomplished, and I’m far more confident about that. And as a director, I’m still searching.”
And while she has been doing a lot more directing, don’t think Jodie is done with her love of acting.
“I’m young as a director so I still have so much more to learn. I don’t think that there’s any part of me that feels like I deserve something that I have gotten,” Jodie continued. “If anything, 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 director and they trusted me. At 27 years old to trust a woman with a substantial movie is something I’ll never forget.”
Jodie was last seen playing the role of a nurse in the 2018 film Hotel Artemis. The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché, which the The Silence of the Lambs costar narrated, will be released on May 11 at Cannes Film Festival.