Jodie Foster says Gen Z is “really annoying, especially in the workplace"

Hollywood icon and True Detective: Night Country star Jodie Foster takes aim at Gen Z, especially in regards to how they behave in the workplace.
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Two-time Academy Award-winning actress Jodie Foster has been in the entertainment industry for decades. She's seen eras come and go, been involved in some of the most beloved movies ever made -- from Taxi Driver to Silence of the Lambs -- and is still busy today. She'll soon be appearing in the fourth season of True Detective, Night Country, on HBO:

In recent years, Foster has come to realize that the next generation of actors -- those who are part of Gen Z, which includes those born between 1996 and 2010 -- can be "really annoying" to work with. Notable actors in this generation include all the Stranger Things kids and The Last of Us star Bella Ramsey. The talent is there, but according to Foster (who doesn't name names), occasionally the attitude is askew.

Speaking to The Guardian, Foster took aim at Gen Z. "They're like: 'Nah, I'm not feeling it today, I'm gonna come in at 10.30am.'" she said. "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?'"

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

All that said, Foster does spotlight one young actor who's doing an exceptional job at the moment: The Last of Us and Game of Thrones star Bella Ramsey. Ramsey, 20, has become one of the most exciting young stars in the world.

Foster met Ramsey at Elle's Women in Hollywood celebration, and sang their praises. "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."

Back when Foster was a young actress, she would never have been able to wear such a suit to an event. "Because we weren't free. Because we didn't have freedom. And hopefully that's what the vector of authenticity that's happening offers - the possibility of real freedom."

Jodie Foster's comments make me wonder if this is a recurring opinion throughout Hollywood. Will any other actors come out and say something different? We're all aware of how the internet has a hard time letting things go. Just ask Martin Scorsese.

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