India is not just about spirituality: Jodie Foster

  • Samarth Goyal, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 05, 2016 15:01 IST
Actor Jodie Foster on visiting India, the financial world and Money Monster. (Getty Images)

India has been a favourite destination for Hollywood actors over the years. Be it to support a social cause or to seek spiritual solace, a list of western celebs, including singer Madonna, actors Julia Roberts and Leonardo Di Caprio have visited India in the recent years.

Veteran actor-director Jodie Foster, who visited India way back in the 1980s, revealed in a recent chat with us that she came here only to marvel at the natural and cultural heritage that the country offered. “I visited India in my 20s. I really enjoyed the country and travelling around. I was there for a month and of course visited Rajasthan and around. India is one of my favourite places in the world and it was one of the most life-changing trips that I have ever taken in my life,” she says.

The 52 year-old, two-time Oscar award-winning actor further revealed that her visit to the country during the 1980s will always hold a special place in her heart.“There’s something deeper than spirituality (in India) because it’s really people surviving with such difficulty and yet holding on to each other. And you see the bond of those relationships because they see the circle of life around them,” she says adding that she’d love to come back . “I really love that country (India) and I want to go back soon.”

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Known for her role of FBI trainee Clarice Starling in the 1991 thriller, The Silence of the Lambs, Foster turned director for Money Monster starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts. In an email interview, she talks about shuttling between being an actor and director, and more. Excerpts:

You have directed episodics and movies. What is the difference?

In TV, there’s the creator, the executive producer and the writer who’s the king of everything, and that’s how it should be. He or she is the visionary. And the director — if brought in on a pilot — is sort of consular. In features, you are the visionary, and you are asked to helm the film.

Are you happy that you have more time to make movies now?

I haven’t directed as many movies in my career because one, I had a huge career as an actor, and it was hard to manage that, but having kids, I wanted to make sure that if I was going to be away from them for long, it better be something that I believed in 100% and those choices are hard to get off the ground.

How long did it take to complete this film? How did you decide on the casting?

Well, we worked on the script for a long time and the draft interested George, so we got him on board. After that, everything happened very fast and suddenly it was a mainstream movie.

George Clooney and Director Jodie Foster on the set of Money Monster.

For this movie, you’d have had to understand the financial world. Were you familiar with it?

Probably not at all considering how difficult it is. But I got interested when I was younger. The first movie I directed was released by Orion; they also released Silence of the Lambs that year, and that was when they went bankrupt. It was an eye-opening experience to walk through the system of how the bankruptcy courts were involved in the movie’s release.

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