Glam’s Exclusive Interview With Jodie Foster
By traceya March 13,2008
Jodie Foster is without a doubt one of the most talented, intelligent, and respected women in Hollywood. Her sincerity and integrity are apparent in all her endeavors, from acting to directing to producing to parenting. And while Foster shies away from the spotlight and takes long breaks between projects, she continues to remain at the top of her game. (Two Oscar wins never hurt anyone.)
And now Foster, 45, is taking on a new challenge. In her latest film, Nim’s Island, she strays from her comfort zone and explores her comedic side. Foster plays Alexandra Rover, a reclusive, agoraphobic novelist who conquers her fears and faces the outside world to help save a young girl on a faraway deserted island. With the film’s moments of slapstick physical humor and Foster’s kissing scene with a sea lion, we imagine that playing Alexandra Rover was as much fun as watching her in action. â€“ Lauren Barth
You’ve built your career playing serious, dramatic roles. Nim’s Island is definitely a departure from that. There are even moments of physical comedy in this film. Did you have any hesitations about playing a lighter, comedic role or was it a welcomed change?
Nim’s Island was filmed on a very tropical beach, with lots of live animals. Plus you have Abigail Breslin, who’s 11, and Gerard Butler, who I’ve heard is quite the on-set class clown, it had to make for some funny moments. Are there any stand-out stories from filming?
The message of Nim’s Island for children (of all ages) is “be the hero of your own story.” Is this a message you try to instill in your own children? How?
You play adventure novelist Alexandra Rover. And all of her readers and fans expect “Alex Rover” to be this rugged man and not an agoraphobic, Purell-obsessed woman. Do you ever have experiences with fans where they expect you to be completely different than you actually are in real life?
They almost always expect me to be taller. That’s one expectation that I fail at traumatically every time. They’re like “wow you’re really short.” And I’m like “yep.” Yeah, everyone expects me to be taller.
Tell me a bit about your philanthropic activities. And how do you decide what organizations and philanthropies to align yourself with? Glam is the #1 women’s property on the web â€“ so we reach a very large demographic of women and we want to empower and help women around the globe. With so many great causes out there, how do you find the one that will really make a difference?
Having started your career in entertainment at such a young age, how does that affect your opinion about all the young actors and actresses who are getting into trouble these days? Why do you think it’s so common for them fall into these traps, and what’s your advice for young actors about avoiding that pattern?
*Photos Courtesy of Fox Walden
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