"The last place where women have had trouble kind of creating an inroad is really behind the camera, as directors. They've managed to become producers and run studios and writers and even when I was a kid there were no women behind the camera -- no women at all when I was shooting. And all that changed. And there is more of a family now. But women directors is the last bastion, because, I mean, that's the visionary."
"Well, you know, it's interesting. A lot of people ask that question: 'You know, what are what are we going to have to do in order to get women to make the blockbusters, and to make the big franchise films?' And. I don't know that I care that much about that. I mean, I really want women to be doing the work they care about, and to be doing the work that moves the industry and that moves the craft and moves us all artistically. I see changes every day. I think the opportunities are there, and the future is bright for women."
5. Director Pamela B. Greene and Jodie Foster pose
6 SOUNDBITE (English) Jodie Foster, actress-director-producer, on one of her female professional role models:
"Well, there weren't a lot of women when I was growing up in the business. There was the lady who played my mom and maybe there was a script supervisor and, occasionally, there was a makeup artist. But, basically, it was just me and bunch of guys."
"And it really wasn't until much, much later that I even made movies with women. I've only made one movie with a female director, Mary Lambert, my good friend Mary Lambert. So, I have to say that, you know, the woman that has been the guiding light for me is Meryl Streep."
Archive: Rome, 20 October 2016
8. Various actress Meryl Streep posing for photographers at Rome Film Festival
"Everybody says it. It's become a trope. But she is extraordinarily talented and has taken the craft further than it's ever gone with anyone, really -- the greatest actor that's ever lived, I think. And she just has a great sense of humor, which makes her a role model for me."