5Quotables: Jodie Foster Comes Out of the Closet at the Golden Globes, But Maybe She’s Just Retiring (She’s Not)
I’m just gonna put it out there, loud and proud, right? So, um, I may need your support on this. I am single. Yes I am. I am single. I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago, back in the stone age, and now what.
—Jodie Foster on being single and coming out during her Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance at last night’s Golden Globe Awards.
While it’s not all that surprising if Jodie is gay, because there’s kind of been speculation about all that business ever since, and I quote Jodie, “the stoneage,” and her relationships have always seemed mildly ambiguous, but what is surprising? What could actually be some news here? Is that I gathered that Jodie Foster is considering retirement, and while that wasn’t a part of the Quotables up top, she did talk about it. Jodie seemed like she was hinting at retirement from acting by stating that she would not be returning to this stage, or any stage. “It’s just that from now on, I may be holding a different talking stick,” Foster said. Kind of vague and possibly misleading, I know.
However, when asked about her somewhat confusing speech backstage after the show, she had this to say:
“I could never stop acting. You’d have to drag me behind a team of horses. I’d like to be directing tomorrow. But, no, I’m actually more into [acting] than I’ve ever been.”
So, uh. OK. Thanks for clearing all that up (?), Jodie.
PS? Your boys are just the most adorable young men ever.
January 14, 2013 at 9:30 am by Sarah
So, lots of you guys have been railing against the general public for railing against Kristen Stewart and her whole part in this affair thing, and you’re not the only one—Jodie Foster, Kristen’s long-time friend and co-worker, has come out (again) in support of Kristen, and offers a very refreshing and somewhat game-changing perspective on the whole Kristen Stewart! Cheating! Scandal! and it’s definitely worthy of the whole eleven hundred-plus characters that Foster doled out in defense of her girl Kristen.
From the Daily Beast:
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 …
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August 15, 2012 at 5:30 pm by Sarah
Do you remember that movie Panic Room? It was that movie – and this thorough synopsis is purely from memory, by the way – about the woman and her daughter who moved into this new house that had a panic room, and they were both like “huh?” but then some dudes tried to break in and they were both like “f-ck yeah, panic room!” The woman, of course, was Jodie Foster, but that daughter was a little bitty baby Kristen Stewart! And even though that movie was filmed about ten years ago, Jodie and Kristen are still tight. Tight enough for Jodie to lend Kristen a shoulder to cry on in these trying times.
Here’s some information about that tender relationship:
A source said: “As soon as she heard the news, Jodie contacted Kristen to offer her support. They have been close friends since they starred opposite each other in the 2002 movie ‘Panic Room’, and Jodie is a mother-like figure to her.
“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. 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.”
Ok, I think it’s time to have some Real Talk about this whole thing, don’t you? All jokes and snark aside, let’s just get Real for a minute. We can even do it in convenient bullet points.
- Yes, Kristen is just 22, but that’s definitely old enough to know better. At 22, you have the mental ability to realize that cheating on your longtime boyfriend with a married man isn’t a nice thing to do. Let’s not go down that route of “poor little Kristen Stewart just didn’t know what she was doing was wrong, bless her heart,” because not only is it incorrect, but it’s insulting.
- And yes, everyone does make mistakes. Last night I left the back door unlocked. A few days ago, I said something rude to my boyfriend because I was tired and irritable. Sometimes I make plans with someone because I forgot that I’d already made plans with someone else. Those are mistakes. Making a conscious decision to do something that you know will deeply hurt multiple people isn’t something that you just shrug off because “oh, everyone makes mistakes.” That’s bigger than that.
- Kristen made a really stupid choice, and I can’t understand how she’s able to do that to someone she loves, and yeah, I think it was a bitch move. But that doesn’t mean that Kristen Stewart is the worst person in the world. She’s not even the worst celebrity in the world. She did a really shitty thing that a lot of people do, that’s all.
- Of course Rupert Sanders deserves more blame than he’s getting. He’s a 40-year-old married man with children, and he’s also a director who had an affair with one of his actresses. It’s not that the world thinks Kristen Stewart deserves more blame, it’s that she’s Kristen Stewart. Who do you think people want to hear about more, some dude that directed a movie once or Bella Swan?
- Robert Pattinson is a beautiful, perfect angel who doesn’t deserve any of this.
Now let’s discuss!
August 6, 2012 at 2:30 pm by Emily
“He’s so incredibly loving and sensitive, he really is. He is the most loved actor I have ever worked with on a movie. And he’s not saintly, and he’s got a big mouth, and he’ll do gross things your nephew would do. But I knew the minute I met him that I would love him the rest of my life. I know him in a very complex way. He’s a real person; he’s not a cardboard cutout. I know that he has troubles, and when you love somebody you don’t just walk away from them when they are struggling.”
- Jodie Foster defending her BFF Mel again.
Have you ever spoken with someone who’s been abused? Isn’t that kind of what Jodie sounds like, all “no, you just don’t know him like I do, he’s really a great guy, he’s just got some issues”? I think it’s important to stand by loved ones in tough times too, but there’s a difference between doing that and talking up a guy that likes to beat his girlfriend. I know you’re just trying to promote The Beaver, Jodie, but maybe try a different angle.
March 17, 2011 at 12:30 pm by Emily
It seems like everyone in the world has had enough of Mel Gibson after the release of those awful tapes and the antisemitic rants he let loose on a cop after his DUI arrest a couple years ago, but not his recent co-star Jodie Foster.
Mel and Jodie just finished wrapping The Beaver, a film that’s yet to receive a release date (hmmm, wonder why that may be), and says that her co-star is a wonderful person that’s going through a rough time. The actress was quoted as saying, “When you love a friend, you don’t abandon them when they are struggling. Of course, Mel is an undeniably gifted actor and director, and ‘The Beaver’ is one of his most powerful and moving performances. But more importantly, he is and has been a true and loyal friend. I hope I can help him get through this dark moment.”
Jodie’s defense of her friend seems a bit misguided. If Mel’s bad behavior could be chalked up entirely to a substance abuse problem, then her statement makes sense. However, Mel has shown time and again that whatever substance abuse issue he has only fuels his real issue: he’s a bigot and a complete pig. He’s attacked women, African Americans and Jews. I can’t imagine that his hatred excludes homosexuals like Jodie and her partner and it’s surprising to me that she wouldn’t make that connection herself.
Point is: Mel Gibson’s still an asshole. Sorry, Jodes.
September 21, 2010 at 12:28 pm by Molls
Here’s what happened, according to the police report. Jodie Foster and her kids were at The Grove in L.A., and this 17-year-old guy started taking pictures of her in the parking lot. Jodie approached him, “poked him on his chest,” then “grabbed vict by his left arm causing visible injury.” The victim’s father was there as well, and he said that Jodie asked the guy “Do you even have a mother, you slimeball?” He also said of his son that
“He didn’t mouth back at all and was scared of her. At one point Jodie’s son even came over to my son and apologized. Her kids were really embarrassed.”
The victim’s family filed the police report after the incident, and Jodie is being accused of battery.
I think Jodie Foster has legitimate reasons to freak out over some random guy taking her picture (and if Ronald Reagan were alive, he’d totally agree), but this seems like just a bit much. When it gets to the point where one of your sons (who are 11 and 8, by the way) has to apologize for your violence, maybe you should do some reflecting.