Jodie Foster: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

Jodie Foster started her acting career at three years old and as has won two Oscars and 52 other awards ever since. She also writes, directs and produces. But there are many things you don’t know about her yet—check it out! And stay tuned for part two, coming soon.

Number Fifteen: Jodie Foster Got Attacked by a Lion as a Kid

Foster’s second feature film, Disney’s Napoleon and Samantha, proved to be a risky experience for the young actress. She got bitten on set by one of the lions who appeared in the movie, who shook her and carried her away in its mouth until the lion trainer got the animal to drop her. Scary!

Number Fourteen: She Is Scared of Cats

Directly related to the previously mentioned lion incident, which left her with scars on her back and stomach, Jodie Foster has been carrying a life-long fear of cats ever since. She confessed to Jay Leno to still be freaked out by felines.

Number Thirteen: She Has an Asteroid Named After Her

(17744) Jodiefoster, a Mars-crossing asteroid, was discovered on January 18th, 1998 by European team ODAS. They decided to name it in honor of the talented actress a year after her portrayal of astronomer Eleanor Arroway in Contact.

Number Twelve: She Dubs Herself in French

A gifted child, Foster became fluent in French by the time she turned 14. She attended a French Lycée in Los Angeles before enrolling in college, which helped her achieve nearly perfect fluency in that language. Not only does she speak French flawlessly while promoting her movies in France and Canada, she also tends to dub herself in the French versions of her films.

Number Eleven: She Has a Scary Stalker Story

John Hinckley Jr, a famous criminal known for having attempted to assassinate Ronald Reagan, became obsessed with Foster after seeing her in Taxi Driver. Hinckley moved to Connecticut while she studied at Yale and left poems and messages at her door on a daily basis. He decided to shoot U.S. President Reagan in 1981 for the sole purpose of getting Foster’s attention. He’s still locked up in a mental institution.

Number Ten: She Started Her Own Production Company

Tired of all the blockbusters being released in Hollywood, Jodie decided to fund her own production company in L.A. for small budget movies. “I did not have the ambition to produce “big mainstream popcorn” movies and, as a child, independent films made me more interested in the movie business than mainstream ones.” However, she had to shut it down later to dedicate more time to her children.

Number Nine: She Directed Two Episodes of ‘Orange Is the New Black’

The filmmaker showed off her directing skills once again on episodes “Lesbian Request Denied” and “Thirsty Bird.” She also directed an episode of the equally successful “House of Cards”. Both works got her DGA nominations.

Number Eight: She Is a Radio Lover

In an article published by the New York Times in 2006, Jodie foster confessed to being a “serious NPR-head, the sort of person who will sit in her garage listening to the car radio until a show is over.” That inspired her to get director Neil Jordan to change her character in The Brave One from a reporter to a radio host. Stay tuned for part two, coming soon!