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Jodie Foster: 'Hollywood's risk aversion is contributing to its overwhelming male directors'

Updated On 12 May, 2016 Published On

Jodie Foster, the actor and director of Money Monster, says Hollywood's risk aversion is contributing to its overwhelming male directors.

At Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday, the 53-year-old, who is one of only two female directors with a major release this summer, also addressed the lack of female directors in mainstream Hollywood as she said 'I think studio executives are scared, period.'

 “I think this is the most risk-averse period in movie history. Now so many things have changed in terms of the economy, the structure of studios.” she continued.

'I’ve seen drastic changes;When I was younger, I only saw women as the script supervisor, makeup person or as fellow actors. I saw faces change as time went on. When I was young, there were a lot of men on movie sets ambling around these towns, getting into trouble and unhappy.

'Everything changed when women got onto movie sets. Suddenly it felt more like a family – and movie sets became healthier.' said the two-time Oscar winner.

Jodie's next directorial venture, Money Monster, which stars George Clooney and Julia Roberts is set to release on May 13, 2016.