Jodie Foster on George Clooney and Julia Roberts Money Monster Acting Chemistry
As a two-time Academy Award winner for Best Actress, Jodie Foster knows a thing or two about working in front of the camera. Now a director, Foster says she watched and marveled at how two other acting pros did it in “Money Monster,” her first mainstream thriller, in which George Clooney and Julia Roberts play a TV host and his producer thrust into a life-and-death hostage situation.
“They really complete each other on screen,” Foster tells Made in Hollywood reporter Patrick Stinson. “When you put George’s character and Julia’s together, they are the hero of the movie. One’s the brains, the other one is the showman. One comes up with the information and the other one really delivers it. That dance with each other feels sort of romantic.”
“Money Monster,” which opens Friday, reunites the “Oceans 12” costars in closer and more intense quarters, with Roberts giving life-saving instructions into the earpiece of money guru Clooney, who’s been taken hostage by an angry viewer, played by Jack O’Connell, during a live telecast.
George Clooney and Julia Roberts Real-Life ‘Baggage’ Aids Their Acting, Says Jodie Foster
“Each of them had something to bring to the role, even the baggage that they bring from their own lives. It was really illuminating,” says Foster. “George plays somebody who’s a celebrity, who’s sort of lost himself and is goofy and is sort of more of a showman and lost the ability to be the journalist he was meant to be. And he has this big ego and yet he feels terrible about himself. And he has this Jiminy Cricket in his ear — that’s the Julia Roberts character — who’s sort of his conscience.”
Though both superstars (and fellow Oscar winners), Clooney and Roberts most impressed Foster with their acting chops. “The superstar part of it has nothing to do with it,” she says. “They do have this extraordinarily interesting chemistry that I can’t even describe. They don’t have to be on screen together and somehow they’re kind of fizzling together.”
Watch Patrick Stinson’s full interview with Jodie Foster and Jack O’Connell below: