Couture or torture? Jodie Foster's guide to aging in Hollywood


The actress and filmmaker reveals her opinion on wearing corsets and high heels in her sixties

Jodie Foster attends the 40th anniversary screening of Taxi Driver in 2016.
Jodie Foster attends the 40th anniversary screening of Taxi Driver in 2016.SHUTTERSTOCK

Pass her a sweatsuit and slippers — Jodie Foster is officially ditching corsets and high heels.

The Silence of the Lambs star, 61, who has been acting since the tender age of three, has revealed that she hates sitting in make-up chairs on movie sets and definitively prefers comfort over style.

"I like how easy it is to find a character when there's some-thing completely different about the person. I don't love sitting in a make-up chair and talking about my eyebrows or anything. That, I can live without," Foster shared with Interview magazine. "My last two shows have been fun though, because I've played characters in really comfortable outfits."

To the surprise of the interviewer, the actress went on to explain that she's "lost interest in the days of corsets and high heels". "The last time I did a corset, it was in Malaysia and it was a hundred degrees every day. I had to wear leather shoes, a wig, a corset, two petticoats, a skirt on top of that, gloves, a whole outfit. I was just like, 'That's it. I'm done,'" she added.

By the age of 14, Jodie had played a child sex worker alongside Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver, and her latest two roles see her portraying a training coach opposite Annette Bening's ocean swimmer Diana Nyad in the biopic Nyad, as well as a homicide detective on the hunt for an Alaskan serial killer in the fourth season of HBO's True Detective.

She also told Interview she now prefers relaxing into roles as she ages. "To tell you the truth, especially now that I work with a lot of younger actors, I see the beauty of having 10,000 hours, and that confidence where you don't expend energy needlessly," she explained.

"It's more about being in the moment. If you know the character enough, stuff will happen. So much of that is trusting the physical part of what you bring to the table. I like how quickly the physicality brings you to the place, and then you don't have to do much work after that."