Jodie Foster recently revealed that Gen Z costars can be “really annoying”, causing some of the sensitive generation to clutch their pearls. Of course, Gen Z refers to young adults born in the late 90s and early 2000s. The acclaimed two-time Oscar winner, with a career spanning nearly six decades, recently shared her thoughts with The Guardian newspaper on the topic of the emerging generation.
“They’re really annoying – especially in the workplace,” Jodie Foster told the outlet about Gen Z. The Silence of the Lambs star was particularly beleaguered by the younger generation’s attitude towards start times. “They’re like: ‘Nah, I’m not feeling it today, I’m gonna come in at 10.30 am,” she quipped.
However, Jodie Foster didn’t stop there with her critique of Gen Z. Apparently, she feels they have poor grammar, too. “Or, like, in emails, I’ll tell them this is all grammatically incorrect, did you not check your spelling?” The bemused Foster added, “And they’re like, ‘Why would I do that, isn’t that kind of limiting?’”
Despite her criticisms, Foster did have some advice for zoomers. “They need to learn how to relax, how to not think about it so much, how to come up with something that’s theirs,” she said. Foster feels she can help usher post-millennials in the film industry. “I can help them find that, which is so much more fun than being, with all the pressure behind it, the protagonist of the story.”
Jodie Foster Had Praise for One Gen Z Actor
However, the veteran actor and filmmaker did have some kind words for at least one zoomer. Foster, set to appear on HBO’s latest season of True Detective, praised Bella Ramsay, the Gen Z star of The Last of Us and Game of Thrones. They met at a Hollywood function where Ramsay impressed Foster with her understated appearance and lack of makeup. Foster admitted she wouldn’t have been able to do the same when she was younger.
“Because we weren’t free,” Foster explained. “Because we didn’t have freedom. And hopefully that’s what the vector of authenticity that’s happening offers – the possibility of real freedom.”
Naturally, not everyone was fond of Jodie Foster’s remarks about Gen Z in the interview. Following her lighthearted jabs about zoomers, the actress found herself facing social media backlash.
“‘Generations’ is a false construct,” one user on X (formerly Twitter) pointed out. “There is endless human variation in every age group. Divisive silliness.”
Another X user defended the actions of zoomers in Hollywood. “Hollywood types don’t work like the rest of us anyway and maybe Gen Z has just realized that life is too short to work themselves to death just so that the oligarchs can get richer?”, they wrote.
“Ah the boomers moaning about laziness and can’t stand the idea that this gen are way ahead in their attitudes towards work and giving away too much of themselves,” another user on X bemoaned.
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