Jodie Foster says working with Gen Z can be ‘really annoying’ even as she tries to mentor young actors

Jodie Foster has a thing or two to say about Generation Z.

The Oscar winner, 61, who recently claimed Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese were ‘scared’ of her when working on Taxi Driver, said working with young actors is sometimes frustrating.

‘They’re really annoying, especially in the workplace,’ Foster told The Guardian  jokingly.

‘They’re like, “Nah, I’m not feeling it today, I’m gonna come in at 10:30 a.m.” Or in emails, I’ll tell them, “This is all grammatically incorrect, did you not check your spelling?” And they’re like, “Why would I do that, isn’t that kind of limiting?”‘

When asked what she thought young actors needed to know, the actress, who is known for her mentoring efforts said, ‘They need to learn how to relax, how to not think about it so much, how to come up with something that’s theirs,’ she stated

Jodie Foster, 61, says working with Generation Z can be frustrating. ‘They’re really annoying, especially in the workplace,’ she told The Guardian jokingly. ‘They’re like, “Nah, I’m not feeling it today, I’m gonna come in at 10:30 a.m.’  (Pictured in Los Angeles in April 2023)

‘I can help them find that, which is so much more fun than being, with all the pressure behind it, the protagonist of the story.’

Jodie is one of the protagonists in season four of the HBO/MAX series True Detective: Night Country, starring as the police chief of the fictional town of Ennis, Alaska in the crime drama. 

Another example of her mentoring in asking Bella Ramsey, a nonbinary star, to introduce her at the  Elle Magazine Women in Hollywood celebration in November.

‘I reached out to Bella, because we’d never met,’ she explained. 

‘I want you to introduce me at this thing,’ she told the The Last of Us star.

The actress, who has received Critics Choice and Golden Globe nominations for her role in Nyad, described the gathering as ‘a wonderful event about actors and people in the movies, but is also very much a fashion thing. Which means it’s determining who represents us.’

For the event, Bella turned up in a charcoal double breasted suit with a blue and white button down and black shoes and no makeup.

Jodie praised the Game of Thrones star as a ‘vector of authenticity’ while the rest of the crowd were ‘wearing heels and eyelashes.’

The actress asked The Last of US star Bella Ramsey to introduce her at the Elle Women in Hollywood event in November. She praised Bella as a 'vector of authenticity'    (Pictured in Los Angeles in December 2023)

The actress asked The Last of US star Bella Ramsey to introduce her at the Elle Women in Hollywood event in November. She praised Bella as a ‘vector of authenticity’    (Pictured in Los Angeles in December 2023)

Jodie, seen here with costar Annette Bening, has received Critics Choice and Golden Globes nomination for her performance in Nyad

Jodie, seen here with costar Annette Bening, has received Critics Choice and Golden Globes nomination for her performance in Nyad 

Jodie, seen here with costar Kali Reis, is one of the leads in season four of the HBO series True Detective: Night Country, starring as the police chief of the fictional town of Ennis, Alaska, in the crime drama, which debuts on January 14

Jodie, seen here with costar Kali Reis, is one of the leads in season four of the HBO series True Detective: Night Country, starring as the police chief of the fictional town of Ennis, Alaska, in the crime drama, which debuts on January 14

The mom of two sons, whom she shares with former partner Cydney Bernard, and co-parents with her wife Alexandra Hedison, revealed she’s had to deal with gender stereotypes in her own family. ‘There was a moment with my older one when he was in high school, when, because he was raised by two women — three women — it was like he was trying to figure out what it was to be a boy,’ she said.

The then-teen turned to the media to get some ideas. ‘He watched television and came to the conclusion, “Oh, I just need to be an a**hole. I understand. I need to be sh**ty to women and act like I’m a f***er.”‘

‘And I was like, “No. That’s not what it is to be a man! That’s what our culture has been selling you for all this time.”‘

True Detective: Night Country begins airing on HBO and its streaming service MAX on January 14.  

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