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Jodie Foster on women in film: 'When I started, it was just me'

  • Published at 08:39 pm April 6th, 2021
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Jodie Foster| Collected

Two-time Oscar winner, Jodie Foster, discussed how the film industry had remarkably reduced its gender divide in recent decades

In a recent interview, the veteran actor shared that when she started her acting career, she was the only women on set with a 'bunch of guys.'

 “From when I was growing up in the late ‘60s to now, obviously things have changed. The biggest thing that has changed is there were never any other women; it was just me and a bunch of guys.”

Foster, who began her career as a child model, made her film debut with Disney's 'Napoleon and Samantha' at the age of 10. She gained recognition when she was cast as a child prostitute in Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, at the age of 14.

"Every producer, director, technician was a man. I never saw any other woman, until sometimes in the ‘80s when things started changing. Filmmaking became a lot more diverse,” Foster recollected.

 “There are a lot more female directors now, that’s the most dramatic change that has happened.” 

Apart from acting, Foster directed films like ‘The Beaver’ and ‘Money Monster.'


Jodie Foster with Robert De Niro in 'Taxi Driver'| Collected

 “Even in the roles where the women weren’t that strong, I made them stronger. I don’t think watching a film about somebody who doesn’t have an opinion and blends into the word work, are that interesting. So, I guess I avoided it,” she said.

Foster won two Academy Awards for playing a rape survivor in ‘The Accused’ and a FBI trainee in ‘The Silence of the Lambs’.

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