Jodie Foster Says America Has a "Problem" With Female Directors

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From left: Sterling K. Brown, Jodie Foster and Brian Tyree Henry

“We need to bang the head of America to let them know that it needs female directors,” the 'Hotel Artemis' star said at Saturday's premiere of the new action film.

Hotel Artemis star Jodie Foster explained that she loves to act but will continue directing as well at Saturday's premiere of the new action film at the Regency Bruin Theater in Los Angeles.

“I said it and I’ll keep saying it — I want to direct,” Foster explained to The Hollywood Reporter. “And I will direct more than I acted.” 

The actress/filmmaker was not shy to share her thoughts about the rise of female directors, as that faction of the film industry has been the “last area” that needs to see a change. She also made a point to mention that “Europe has always been ahead.”

“It’s America that’s the problem, and it has been for a very long time,” Foster said. “We need to bang the head of America to let them know that it needs female directors.” Furthering her comments on female helmers in Hollywood, Foster smiled and said, “Just look at Wonder Woman.”

Foster was joined at the Hotel Artemis premiere by her co-stars Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Charlie Day, Brian Tyree Henry and Dave Bautista.

Set in the “near-future” Los Angeles, the film follows Foster’s character, The Nurse, and her mission to take care of the city’s criminals in a law-breakers-only hospital. The movie, a seven-year-long project in the making, was written and helmed by Drew Pearce, who made his directorial debut on the pic.

“It was a kernel of an idea that I had seven years ago while drinking tea in the garden,” Pearce toldTHR. “To see it come to this, well, it really has been an amazing journey.” He went on to say that working with a cast of seasoned pros came with some nerves, but overall brought a sense of reassurance.

The director’s dedication was evident — an aspect that star Brown made very apparent. “You know that when the person at the helm has the passion, it’s easier to trust them,” the actor said. “He really let us relinquish any anxiety we might have had.” Brown’s point was echoed by Henry and producer Stephen Cornwell, with both men highlighting the “amazing script” and Pearce’s dedication.

Hotel Artemis is set to hit theaters June 8.