“I’m 50! I’m 50!”

Jodie Foster, famous since age three, talks to More about her grownup life

by Susan Toepfer
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Photograph: PR Photos

On choosing controversial roles:
“I like films where I’m forced to figure out the morality, what the movie stands for. When you’re younger, where you stand is more black and white. Then as you get older, your reflections on morality become more and more complex.”
On sticking by Mel Gibson:
“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.”
On hitting 40:
“I think the pressure’s off….There’s a nice thing about turning a certain age where you’ve made so many life decisions; so many non-chosen paths are behind you, and you don’t have to worry about them anymore. All those arbitrary goals that you have as an actor and filmmaker, I feel like I already did them. So I can check them off.”

On aging in Hollywood:
"I’d like to be a Simone Signoret-type actress, with the big old hooded eyes and kind of overweight and craggy, with gray hair. There are going to be all these actresses pulled and pushed and dyed and Botoxed, and there’s going to be nobody to play the real parts."

On actresses who inspire her:
“Katharine Hepburnhad a really long career. I look forward to aging onscreen, to making movies when I’m 65, 70, to playing the parts of real older women. I’d love to have the career of Meryl Streep. But I’m not sure I’ll want to work as much as she does in her 50s. [Laughs]

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