Jodie Foster hits out at 'really annoying' Gen Z work colleagues

Jodie Foster and a Gen Z hipster.
Jodie Foster says Gen Z colleagues are "really annoying". Photo credit: Getty Images

The Silence of the Lambs star Jodie Foster has taken a swipe at Gen Z, branding her younger associates as "really annoying, especially in the workplace". 

Foster was speaking to UK newspaper The Guardian to promote the new series of thriller True Detective - in which she stars - when she made the comments about those born after 1996 and before 2010. 

"They're really annoying, especially in the workplace," Foster told the publication.  

"They're like, 'Nah, I'm not feeling it today, I’m gonna come in at 10:30am'. Or, like, in emails, I'll tell them this is all grammatically incorrect, did you not check your spelling? And they're like, 'Why would I do that, isn't that kind of limiting'?" 

The comments are believed to have been Foster joking with her interviewer. 

The Taxi Driver star also said she believed she could help young and up-and-coming actors "relax" while negotiating fame. 

"They need to learn how to relax, how to not think about it so much, how to come up with something that's theirs. 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." 

Foster also revealed she had reached out to Bella Ramsey, the star of The Last Of Us, to introduce her at a recent event in Hollywood because of the difference she has been making in an industry that's traditionally been led by red carpet premieres. 

"There are other ways of being a woman, and it's really important for people to see that. And Bella, who gave the best speech, was wearing the most perfect suit, beautifully tailored, and a middle parting and no makeup. 

"I do a lot of reaching out to young actresses. I'm compelled. Because it was hard growing up," she said. 

Foster starred as a child actress in the 1976 film Taxi Driver, for which she received plaudits. 

Her performance in Netflix drama Nyad has earned her a Golden Globe nomination for supporting actress.  

Her role in True Detective: Night Country has also seen her showered with praise, with the BBC saying Foster was on "bracing form". 

True Detective: Night Country launches on Neon in New Zealand on January 14.