It’s complicated

Jodie Foster says she is “a little sick” of talking about women in Hollywood

Actress Jodie Foster attends the Tribeca Daring Women Summit during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at Spring Studios on April 19, 2016. (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

At a panel during the Tribeca Film Festival in New York on Wednesday, Jodie Foster said she is “a little sick” of discussing the issue of women in Hollywood, while acknowledging that it’s a topic that shouldn’t be ignored. “Studios still see women as a risk and I’m not really sure why,” she told director Julie Taymor during the discussion. “It’s been a very long time that there were not a lot of women film-makers, it’s not just today,” adding that studios were less inclined to take financial risks, and that faster advancements had been made in TV, and in European film and television.

When an audience member asked her why she would be tired of talking about the fact that very few women ever get the opportunity to direct mainstream Hollywood movies, she said the issues were just not that cut-and-dry: “Having been around and making movies for 50 years, the issues are way more complicated than the dialogue,” Foster added. “There are so many reasons. Some of them are about our psychology, our financial world, the global economy, any number of things. There are so many answers to that question that go back hundreds of years. It would be nice to have a more complex conversation and to be able to look at it as more than just a quota.” She added that she didn’t see it as a “plot to keep women down collectively,” but rather a bunch of people that weren’t thinking about it, including a lot of female executives who have risen to the top and have not made a dent in [securing opportunities for women film-makers.]”

The Oscar-winning actress has directed four films herself, including the upcoming Money Monster, with George Clooney and Julia Roberts. But when asked about her favorite experience working with a female director as an actress (there is only one: Mary Lambert, who directed her in 1987’s Siesta), she chose… Jonathan Demme. “He was able to see that Silence of the Lambs is about a woman,” she explained the choice. “The film was informed by that. It’s why the film is not filled with gratuitous violence. It’s why, yes, it was horrifying and difficult to watch in some ways, but … he’s the brave heart of that woman’s voice.”

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