On the latest edition of my Deadline series Behind the Lens, Jodie Foster dropped by to talk about her latest foray behind the camera with the well-received “Arkangel” episode of Netflix’s anthology series Black Mirror. But she also discusses her return to acting in movies after a five-year absence.
This versatile artist, whose acting career along spans a half century in front of the camera, is candid in explaining the break from emoting (her last film was 2013’s Elysium) and how she was lured back with a startling role that ages her way beyond her own years as a nurse for criminals in the futuristic Hotel Artemis, which opens next month. Much of her passion in recent years has been as a director including 2014’s Money Monster with George Clooney and Julia Roberts — a film that also played Cannes and considering current events since its opening is more timely than ever.
Lately, Foster has won acclaim for taking on the intriguing hourlong episode of Black Mirror in which an overprotective mother takes matters into her own hands to keep track of her sheltered daughter. A female-driven project both in front of and behind the camera, it offers lots of food for thought. It also represents her latest helming effort since tackling her first more than 30 years ago. She also offers a surprising revelation about her own history with female directors.
Check out our conversation above.