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Episode 4

Jodie Foster: “Sting Is the Perfect Man”

By the age of three, Jodie Foster was an actress; by six, she knew she wanted to be a director; and by 12, she'd done more movies than Robert De Niro – and was going commando for the first time ever in "Taxi Driver." She talks starting out, plus who she's always crushed on, with Lynn Hirschberg.

Released on 9/15/2016

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Jodie Foster

Lynn Hirschberg

Transcript

00:04
First thing I auditioned for was my first commercial.
00:06
I was three, and it was for Coppertone.
00:10
I was supposed to stay in the car,
00:12
but my mom thought it was not a good idea
00:14
to leave a threeyearold alone in the car,
00:16
so she brought me in, it was my brother's interview.
00:18
They asked me what his name was.
00:21
I kept saying my name.
00:23
I said my name was Alexander.
00:24
For some reason, they hired me instead of my brother,
00:26
and I became the Coppertone girl.
00:28
The costume for Taxi Driver's become quite iconic, I guess.
00:31
Anybody who knows me knows that I'm not a clothes person.
00:35
Shopping is like sticking my eyes with pins.
00:37
But I was especially unhappy wearing hot pants,
00:40
a halter top, and crazy platform shoes.
00:42
I mean, I just was really unhappy.
00:44
I had to wear these super skintight,
00:47
kind of like cotton pants with no underwear.
00:49
I'd never in my life not worn underwear,
00:51
so I was just appalled.
00:53
I just couldn't wait to be done with the costumes.
00:56
I probably made way more movies than Robert De Niro
00:58
and Martin Scorsese at that point.
01:00
I was 12, I'd probably made, I don't know, 10 or 11 movies.
01:04
So I wasn't nervous.
01:05
I mean, I think I was too young to be nervous.
01:07
I knew I wanted to direct from a very young age.
01:09
I was about six years old, I was doing a television show
01:11
called Courtship of Eddie's Father.
01:13
Bill Bixby came in one day, and he was an actor in the show,
01:16
and he directed an episode, and my eyes lit up
01:18
and I thought, "Oh wow, this guy's tell me what to do
01:20
"and he's organizing the shots."
01:22
Definitely my entire life as an actor
01:23
has been a film school for me, where I've paid attention.
01:26
I don't think I'm very particularly brave.
01:28
I'm confident about my opinions in terms of making films.
01:32
I'm confident about my instincts, creatively.
01:34
But there's tons of things that I'm really
01:37
just a child about.
01:38
Even though I have a job that's quite social
01:41
and I have to meet people and I'm good at talking to people,
01:43
I almost have a fear of picking up the phone
01:47
and calling up somebody and saying,
01:48
"Would you like to have dinner with me or lunch with me?"
01:50
Little things that other people
01:51
kind of got in adolescence 101.
01:54
When I was a kid, I was just obsessed with Robert Redford.
01:57
I think everybody was.
01:58
I had a Robert Redford Tshirt,
02:00
Downhill Racer, of course, 'cause I loved to ski,
02:03
and that was my ideal world.
02:06
I'm not a big crier.
02:08
It's like a DNA I wasn't given.
02:09
And I always marvel at these people who are boxes of tears
02:12
and they're just crying over everything.
02:15
It's not my way.
02:16
But weirdly, when I go see a film, I'm that puddle person.
02:21
It gets dark and I'm in a movie theater,
02:23
and I have permission to melt into the experience
02:28
in a way that I don't know how to do
02:29
in my own life or something.
02:31
I've a funny, like a neurotic thing that is that,
02:36
very often when I see a man and a woman dancing in a film,
02:39
I start to cry involuntarily.
02:41
I have, like, some kind of crazy birth trauma
02:44
or something, it's the surrounding choreography.
02:46
Sting, oh, Sting kind of is the perfect man,
02:49
'cause he's super good looking,
02:52
but not in a way that's too modely.
02:55
He's got a wicked sense of humor that's really nasty,
02:59
which I always, it always appeals to me.
03:01
And he's quite intellectual,
03:03
and yet his music is super emotional.
03:06
So I guess it's always the combination
03:07
of those two things, the brain and the heart.
03:09
Those two things together, that combination for me
03:11
is the perfect creative combination,
03:13
so Sting deserves royalty status, as King Sting.