Jodie Foster talks about embracing individuality

03/14/2008 at 08:39 AM ET

The notion of parents expecting their children to grow up to become mirror images of their own adult selves — pursuing similar careers and planting roots in the same hometown –is quickly becoming antiquated.  Jodie Foster says that, for her, being a modern mom is "not needing to have your kids’ interests [match your own]." It also means,

Being able to recognize that they have other interests and other talents. Being a great fan of theirs and really respecting the fact that they’re different than you are. That’s definitely a big change from my parents’ generation. 

Although she is an Academy Award-winning actress, Jodie doesn’t hesitate in telling ModernMom.com that her sons Charles, 9 ½, and Kit, 6, are her "greatest life achievement."  Her new project Nim’s Island — which she describes as a "great girls’ empowerment movie" — is particularly special for the 45-year-old, for it brings both career and family together for the first time. 

Finally I get to do kids’ movies…It’s great for me because I get to do something that has more comedy to it, that’s lighter. It’s something my kids can see–they can come on the set.


Mm_logoFor more of the interview and other great parenting resources, visit ModernMom.com. Modern Mom features smart and practical advice on topics such as parenting, finances, career, health, wellness, beauty, entertainment and more.

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lis on

Jodie is so great.🙂 So level-headed and aware. The world needs more people like her.

Mary on

I saw the preview for this new movie at the theatres today. I have to say, if I was a little kid, I would want to watch it. Abigail Breslin stars in it as well.

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