When Jodie Foster thought back on her time on the Taxi Driver set, she said that Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese found her young age weird. The two-time Oscar winner made an appearance on the US late-night program Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday, January 10. Meeting with host Kimmel, Foster, 61, talked about her early acting experiences, including her significant performance in the Scorsese-directed film Taxi Driver. In the 1976 movie, De Niro portrayed a lonely Vietnam veteran with deteriorating mental health, while Foster took on the difficult character of Iris, a child sex worker. “I was 12. And they had to say things like, you know, Can you pull his fly down?’ And it was a little awkward,” Foster remembered.
She went on to say that, even though she was much younger than Scorsese and De Niro at the time, she had been on more movie sets than them and that was why her more senior colleagues felt a little uncomfortable with her. “So I was like, ‘Whatever. Just, move over,” she remarked in response to their instructions. “Yeah, they were a little scared, Scorsese especially, who kept giggling every time he talked to me. He’d start giggling and De Niro had to take over,” she observed.
In response to Kimmel’s question about assuming her relationship with the seasoned director had changed, she said, “Scorsese giggles with everybody.” The Silence of the Lambs actor stated this week that young actors now have a greater degree of expressing themselves than they did in the 1970s and 1980s, and he also offered an extra perspective into being in Hollywood at such a young age.
Regarding the 20-year-old actor from The Last of Us, Bella Ramsey, who has shown up at red carpet ceremonies wearing a suit, Foster acknowledged that she couldn’t have worn the same outfit. “Because we weren’t free. Because we didn’t have freedom,” she explained to The Guardian.