Jodie Foster admits to only wearing makeup 'occasionally'


The Oscar-winning actress has previously admitted to hating sitting in the makeup chair on set

Jodie Foster at the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival in 2016.
Jodie Foster at the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival in 2016.SHUTTERSTOCK

Jodie Foster only wears makeup "occasionally".

The Oscar-winning actress made the admission as she reminisced on wearing cosmetics from the very start of her career as a child star and questioned why it has taken attitudes to beauty standards so long to change.

Jodie told Interview magazine: "I had worn makeup since I was three because I did television, so my whole experience with makeup was, you sit in the chair and it's usually about 4:30 in the morning, and sometimes the trailer's outside, so it's freezing cold and somebody's putting thick pancake on you, and they roll it on wet on your body, which is uncomfortable. When you get home at night, after 10 hours of work, you've got orange pancake running down the sink.

"And in this era, look, I wear makeup occasionally when I go out or something, but it is a funny thing that we didn't question it until this new era of gender consciousness. Who said we were supposed to do that? Who started it?"

Jodie became the youngest person to host Saturday Night Live when she did so at the age of 14 in 1976 (until Drew Barrymore presented aged seven in 1982) and recalled how she did with a stained shirt after spilling a drink.

The 61-year-old star recalled: "SNL was what was happening them. It was Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, and every single person that you've ever heard of that was on SNL in those days, because it was a transition between the two groups.

"So it was an extraordinary show, but I was really nervous. I'd never done live anything. About 10 minutes before I went on, I was drinking an Orange Julius, and the whole thing fell all over my shirt. I didn't have time to change my clothes, and I was all sticky and broke out in hives because it didn't go perfectly. So yeah, it wasn't this wonderful experience for me. It was more like, 'Oh wow, this is why I don't like live theatre.'"