Academy-Award-winning former child star, director, and cheerleader for Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster has been a working actor for 50 years, but –until today– had yet to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
“I grew up probably 10 blocks from here, off Cahuenga, and had to pass this street every day as I was on my way to school and my mother told us if she ever found us on Hollywood Boulevard we shouldn’t bother coming home,” Foster said. “But we loved it. And it still has all of that excitement that it did as a child. The star ceremony is something that I’ve always thought of and dreamed of. I told my children when they asked me, ‘Why don’t you have a star on Hollywood Boulevard?’ I said I was waiting to have the opportunity to have one as a director. I don’t know why that was important to me; it seems silly, but that’s why I waited all these years.”
In attendance? Her Panic Room costar Kristen Stewart. Stewart was just 11 when Foster played her mother in the 2002 thriller, and has remained close to the Oscar winner, 53, ever since.
Jodi hasn’t appeared on screen since 2013’s Elysium, but says she is probably isn’t done with acting.
She tells Variety:
“I’ve had a long career; it’s been 50 years and I’ve had to take breaks and had moments where I burned out a little bit and had to find my love for it again,” she notes. “I’m always amazed — you can be sort of blasé, and then you come back and get excited about something and discover it all again. I’ve learned that the meaningfulness comes from the actor. It’s your investment, it’s up to you to really take the material and make it deeper. That’s always challenging.
“The one thing about acting that’s true is it’s either too challenging for one human being to have to do or it’s just too boring for one human to have to endure.”
(Photos: Pacific Coast News)