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Why Jodie Foster Says Acting Isn't 'What's in my DNA'

Why Jodie Foster Says Acting Isn't 'What's in my DNA'

Tuesday night, Jodie Foster was on hand for the premiere of Pamela B. Green's documentary “Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché,” which Foster narrates.

“Extra’s” Renee Bargh caught up with the two-time Oscar winner, who opened up about her career, revealing she doesn’t believe she was destined to be an actress.

Foster said, “When you look back and say, 'What was I meant to do?' I think the last thing on the list was actor. It just wasn't really my personality. But it was the family business — I sort of walked into it at 3 years old and I didn't have a choice, and so maybe that is what makes my acting different from people; it comes from a different place. I’m not sure it’s what’s in my DNA.”

“It's always been difficult for me to lay it all out there,” Jodie continued. “It’s why I am always exhausted every time I do it and why I work so little because I don’t know how to fake it. I wish I did.”

What did she want to be if she wasn’t an actor? Jodie answered, “When I was a kid, I said I wanted to be a professional talker. I like talking a lot and I thought it was something I was good at.”

When Renee pointed out that Jodie is narrating a movie, she smiled, saying, “I've made it.”

As for why she wanted to make “Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché,” Foster explained, “Alice is possibly the first narrative filmmaker ever, and none of us knew that. She was a sort of… very well-bred woman who didn't scream and yell, managed to make 1,000 movies… and then was totally forgotten and written out of the history books.”

Saying that Guy-Blaché was ahead of her time, Foster noted, “She was making feminist movies in the 1800s, early 1900s.”

“Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché” opens in L.A. April 19 and in New York April 26.