Jodie Foster wants to be a "good parent" to her actors
The 48-year-old star - who started acting when she was just three years old - has branched out into directing films and hopes she is a reassuring and encouraging presence on set.
She told Psychologies magazine: "I want to be a good parent who loves them unconditionally, even when they come up with bad ideas and even when they suck.
"There is a way of loving their foolish attempts and guiding them in what you think is the right direction.
"And I do think I have a particular sensitivity towards child actors because of my own experiences. As a child I certainly looked for a parent figure in my directors."
In her latest venture, `The Beaver`, Jodie directed and stars in the film as the wife of Mel Gibson`s character, a man on the edge of madness who will only communicate with his family via a puppet.
Jodie initially didn`t plan to appear in the film, until she realised she had all the qualities she was looking for her in leading actress.
She explained: "I had no intention of acting in this movie but I started thinking, `Who can I put across from Mel, saying she`s going to stand by her man and fight for him - and yet go through this juncture when she realises she`s put her children in jeopardy, watching their father lose his mind?` I was sitting and thinking about what actor is going to do that from a place of strength that doesn`t feel fake and then I realised it was me."