Jodie Foster said she hid her acting career from her children when they were young.
Foster, 61, has two sons named Kit and Charles.
Foster married photographer Alexandra Hedison in 2014.
Jodie Foster said she hid her acting career from her two sons when they were young by telling them she was a construction worker.
Foster, 61, shared the details during Friday's episode of "The View," where she opened up about parenting. Foster shares two children with her former partner, Cydney Bernard: Charles "Charlie" Bernard Foster, 25, and Christopher "Kitt" Bernard Foster, 22.
"I guess I just didn't want them to know me that way," Foster said. "I wanted them to know me as their mom and the person who went away to work and stuff."
She recalled one day when she brought her eldest son to set.
"I brought him to set one day and I bought him a little plastic tool belt and stuff," Foster said. "And I was like, 'Yeah, and this is this set and this set and this set.' And for a really long time, he thought I was a construction worker."
The Oscar-winner emerged as a Hollywood titan after having an illustrious career in the entertainment industry. After scoring her breakout role in the 1976 film "Taxi Driver," Foster appeared in several acclaimed films like "The Silence of the Lambs" and directed films like "Home for the Holidays" in 1995.
Foster stars in the HBO series "True Detective" and recently appeared in the movie "Nyad" alongside Annette Bening.
Even so, she's managed to remain relatively mum about her family. Here's a look at her wife and two children.
Foster's wife, Alexandra Hedison, is a photographer and former actor who appeared in "The L Word"
According to People, Hedison, 54, married Foster during an intimate ceremony in April 2014. Hedison is a photographer who often shares pictures of her work and artistic endeavors on Instagram. Hedison's documentary "ALOK" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday and is executive produced by Foster.
Hedison, like her wife, is a jack of all trades. In addition to photography, Hedison is a former actor who played Dylan Moreland on "The L Word" and appeared in other shows like "Melrose Place." Hedison's father is the late actor David Hedison, who appeared in the 1973 James Bond film, "Live and Let Die."
Hedison also worked in home design. People reported that she appeared on a 2006 reality TV series called "Designing Blind." According to the Los Angeles Times, a home Hedison designed hit the market for $2.75 million in 2014.
Not much is known about Hedison's past relationships, but she dated television personality Ellen DeGeneres from 2000 to 2004, according to a 2004 report by The New York Times.
Foster and Hedison don't often make public appearances, but the couple has posed for certain red-carpet events, including the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.
Charles "Charlie" Bernard Foster is the eldest child of Foster and her former partner, Cydney Bernard
Entertainment Weekly and the Sun Sentinel reported that Foster gave birth to Charlie in July 1998 at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. According to HuffPost, she shares Charlie with her former longtime partner, Cydney Bernard, whom she dated for 15 years before the two split in 2008.
Foster said Charlie had a natural affinity for Hollywood life, even at a young age.
"[He'll say] 'I want to be in movies. Why can't you get me a job?' Then I say, 'You have to earn that. If you want to be an actor, you can start by doing a little theater.' Then he says, 'I'm not interested in that. I just want to be famous and see my face.'" she told More Magazine in 2007, per People.
Charlie appeared to chase his dreams and attended Yale University, where he participated in several acting projects. In 2019 and 2021, he played Dr. Frank-N-Furter in a local "Rocky Horror Picture Show performance," according to the Yale College Arts website.
Christopher "Kit" Bernard Foster is her youngest child
Foster and Bernard welcomed their second child in September 2001, according to CBS News.
Unlike Charlie, Foster said Kit isn't interested in following in his mother's footsteps.
"I know the perils of having a parent involved in your art form are too great," Foster told The Guardian in July 2018. "My older son is getting more interested in acting now, and I'm glad he discovered it late. My younger son is really shy and I can promise you he will never be an actor."
In other interviews, Foster shared small tidbits about Kit, including Magic Radio in May 2016. During her appearance, Foster called Kit "a little sensitive" and said that she waited "many years" before she let him watch "The Silence of the Lambs."
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