Jodie Foster: 'Every Day Is Gay Pride Day for Me'


Five years after she famously sorta-kinda-mostly came out during the Golden Globe Awards, Jodie Foster says that “every day is Gay Pride Day” to her. And I guess my angry, cynical, gay bones are broken today because the only thing I could think after reading that was, “Nice! Good! Correct!”

In an interview with Net-a-Porter, the actress/director discussed her family’s Pride Month plans, her five decades dealing with men in Hollywood, and what her son used to think her job was.

On Pride:

Every day is gay pride day for me. Actually, it’s gay pride month the whole of June. I didn’t realize until yesterday. We had to figure the whole flag situation, how long the flag [goes] up. My kids will go [to the parade]. My son said, ‘Maybe there will be naked bodies this year.’ I said, ‘You didn’t tell me there were naked bodies last year!’

It’s funny to me that the Foster family says “naked bodies” instead of “naked people,” but let’s move on to her thoughts on the #MeToo movement:

Not only is our culture evolving, but we are, too. I don’t think there is a woman I know who doesn’t look back on when they were 15, 16, 17 or 18, who doesn’t put their hand on their head and say: ‘Why did I do that? Why was I like that? Why wasn’t I confident? Why didn’t I say no?’ This is a transitional period, and it’s just so painful. You really have to have a plan for truth and reconciliation. We can’t put every man over 30 in jail. We have to love our brothers and fathers and come to an understanding about how we got here and who we are going to be together.

On putting her well-being first:

If there’s anything that I have to be a role model about, it is prioritizing my own self-worth and psychological health above all. And if not, I don’t know where I would be today. I mean, there is a carpet of ex-child actors who did not make it.

On not telling her children what she did for a living:

I didn’t want them to know about my celebrity at all. I remember when my son was about four, he thought I was a construction worker.

Read the full piece here.

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