Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster — who’s taken home golden statues for her work in “The Silence of the Lambs” and “The Accused” — said “pretty much every man over 30” has played a part in the issue of sexual harassment that’s been at the top of the news cycle over the last few months.
“It’s every industry. It’s not just one socioeconomic bracket or one complexion,” Foster told USA Today. “Pretty much every man over 30 has to really look and start thinking about their part. And I guarantee, lots of it is unconscious. When you’ve been in a privileged position where you haven’t had to look at your part, you didn’t 100 percent understand you were in a bubble. It’s an interesting time for men.”
She added to the paper that she’s “really interested and looking forward to the men’s point of view and what comes next in terms of therapy.”
Foster doesn’t seem as concerned about her own sons, however, who are 16 and 19 years old.
“I know their perspective,” she told USA Today. “They go to a great school that has put them through the wringer about what consent is, what is humanism, what’s integrity. I just wish my generation had the benefit of that, and that everybody had the benefit of that.”
Foster hit the public eye at the age of 12 as a child prostitute opposite actor Robert DeNiro in 1976’s “Taxi Driver” — for which she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award — and went on to star in many other films and also direct.
Will having more women in charge of Hollywood change things?
“There’s more women in executive positions than you can imagine, so I don’t really think that changed anything,” Foster told USA Today. “It didn’t even change women directors. There’s still just as few women directors as when there [were] four studio heads that were women. That didn’t change anything, so I’m not sure.”
Foster added to the paper she hopes there will be “some kind of truth and reconciliation” regarding sexual harassment and misconduct.
“I’m looking forward to a new millennial woman that knows that she can say no,” she told USA Today. “But honestly, I think what most women want is just for it to stop. They don’t really want to have a lawsuit, they don’t want to have to go on CBS ‘This Morning’ 400 times. They’d actually just like it to stop, and that’ll be the good part.”
Foster spoke more about the issue on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”:
(H/T: Washington Times)