Jodie Foster’s Strategy for Success
On making opportunities happen:
"I wasn’t the original actor on The Brave One. It was Nicole Kidman. I also replaced her in Panic Room. I kept bugging Warner Bros. and [producer] Joel Silver, ‘Look, in a year from now, if [The Brave One] doesn’t come together, I really want to be on this film. But I have to warn you, I think it needs at least six months’ worth of work.’ So a year later, they came to me and said, ‘You’re right. We’d like you to come and work.’ As an actress, if I sat around waiting for a perfect script to drop in my lap, I would wait forever. I have to work at it."
On having a master plan:
"I have a plan for everything. I design everything ahead of time, to a fault. In five years, I want to do this, in two years I want to do that. I planned my family — ‘Now I’m ready.’"
On being a young star in the spotlight:
"Thank god when I was 18 they didn’t have people following you around; they respected the fact that I was 18. There wasn’t that star status when I was coming up as a young actor, and you didn’t get paid very much. Now you’ll have 20-year-olds making huge amounts of money. It’s just a different time. I was also different than [today’s young stars] are. I didn’t want to be a famous actor and I wasn’t even sure I wanted to be an actor. So I was in it for different reasons."
Jodie Foster’s Take on Parenting
On being a mom:
"There’s a lot about me that’s like my mom, but she’s a different generation. My mom has never held a ball in her hand in her life. I have two boys. Now I really see the differences. She starts with the Barbie thing. And I’m like, ‘No Barbies. What are you thinking, Mom?’"
On being a complete woman:
"Having children hasn’t changed the person I am. It’s reconfirmed who I was. I would not be doing the same things or living in the same places or pursuing the same things if I hadn’t had children. There are many things that I know that I sacrificed because I had kids. And no, I wouldn’t change anything. But I’m sick of hearing that every woman should have children and if they don’t, they’re not whole."
Originally published on MORE.com, August 2007.