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Jodie Foster: ‘Taking control of career was terrifying’

Jodie Foster was too scared to eat after deciding she didn’t need her mother’s help with her career.
The Hollywood actress has been performing since she was a child and has some of cinema’s greatest films, like The Silence of the Lambs and Taxi Driver, to her name. She grew up in Los Angeles and had help from her mum Evelyn in her early years. But when Jodie, 53, was in her late teens she decided to take things into her own hands, unaware of how it would affect her personally.
“I really hit a bad patch,” she recalled to Interview magazine. “I didn’t know what to do with myself. I didn’t know how to be on my own. I was a little scared to go to my room by myself. I can’t just come home from work and not eat anything. So how was I going to go have dinner all by myself? So I learned as the years went on. I learned how to cook and keep myself occupied so it felt like I was home. I brought my own sheets because it felt like home.”
Jodie was interviewed by Irish actress Saoirse Ronan, 21, for the publication, who agreed with how important home cooked food is, recalling when she first moved to London by herself how comfort food helped.
Another tough area for Jodie to overcome was her lack of self-confidence, and how she was plagued with insecurities when starting out in the world of showbiz.
“When I was younger, I was really worried about whether I was going to be good or not,” she added. “That’s why, if someone said that I could be 20 again, I would turn them down. I was so filled with anxiety about, like, ‘Is anyone going to like me?’ And as the years went on, the anxiety started to leave. I was expending useless energy, worrying. And I became more and more well-adjusted. I guess it was just about getting used to it, being away from my mom.”

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