Jodie Foster is an actress most associated with projects that are rooted in the thriller genre. She is most known for her role in The Silence of the Lambs, but has appeared in other tension riddled films such as The Accused and Panic Room. Rosemarie DeWitt is most known for her work in television. She’s appeared in shows like The United States of Tara, Mad Men, and The Last Tycoon. She has also appeared in films such as La La Land, Rachel Getting Married, and The Poltergeist. Both will be starring in an episode in the newest season of Black Mirror.
Screen Rant got a chance to talk with Jodie Foster and Rosemarie DeWitt, where we discussed how they came to be introduced to the Black Mirror series, the choice to change the dynamic between the parents and their children in their particular Black Mirror episode, and how relevant is their Black Mirror episode to the audience today.
SR: The first question I have for you guys is have you guys seen the Black Mirror before and when you did, for the first time, what did you think?
Jodie Foster: I think I know Rose’s answer because I’ve heard it before. No, I don’t think either one of us knew about Black Mirror so it was really just when we first get in the scripts that we looked at it and I binge watched immediately and watched a whole bunch of them.
Rosemarie DeWitt: I watched a few just to see what it was and then I got really intimidated they were really good and then I didn’t want like oh, can I live up to a Black Mirror episode, so I stopped. I was totally blown away by the pig episode.
Jodie Foster: Yes!
Rosemarie DeWitt: As did everyone, And then I did fall in love with the super, kind of, grounded one. The guy with the video gaming right who goes inside that. And the one who comes back to life, and you know, and I didn’t see that one that you love so much.
Jodie Foster: Yeah. I like the darkest possible.
SR: As dark as possible?
Jodie Foster: As dark as possible. The Christmas one, you know, well done moment.
SR: About your guy’s episode specifically, I noticed that the dynamic is a lot different with the mother and daughter rather than it would be with the Father and Son, or even the father and daughter. What was the choice in that direction?
Jodie Foster: Well, that was Charlie’s choice and thank God because he gave it to me. I was raised with a single mom and we had a very specific, very particular relationship. She worked with me and my job, you know. I was almost three and we traveled everywhere together and she was really in my life in a really profound way. The most significant relationship of my life. It was beautiful and also an incredible, difficult struggle. I know how creative that life is, and how difficult it is to figure it out.
Rosemarie Dewitt: With this one, in particular, I felt because I was an only child to my mom and it was a very enmeshed relationship. The technology just enmeshes it that much more, so if you kind of already know what it is like to be, like kind of not knowing where you begin, and your mother starts, or vice a versa, this really took it to the next level and I thought luckily, we both had experiences like that, so we could kind of like, check in and then when it came to being on the other side, the mother of it, I have small children, Jodie’s are a little bit older and then we able to be like what happens when their teenager? Do you cling on more? Do you step back? And so, it was kind of a, it was a fun thing to be able to just kind of rap about. The depths of it.
SR: Yeah. I mean, It’s pretty crazy to me because some of these things in Black Mirror are such big social commentaries. Do you guys see, it’s almost like tracking with G.P.S. on your phones. Essentially something that’s going to touch on this episode with the daughter. Do you see that kind of being the future and if so does that can scare you?
Jodie Foster: I feel like our episode could be right now. That’s how close it is to now. I mean, it doesn’t feel like it so far in the future at all. In fact, it’s terrifically grounded in reality of today. The beautiful thing about Black Mirror is that it’s not saying that technology is a terrible thing. In fact, Charlie Brooker. Nobody can love technology as much as Charlie Brooker. It’s really, technology it itself, is very benign. It really is just a reflection of what our desires are and the question is do we really want what we think we really want? and that’s the part that’s frightening.
SR: You know speaking of technology, everything’s at our fingertips and Jodie, you’ve done feature films, directing.
Jodie Foster: Yes.
SR: Now you’ve done different things on the other Netflix series. What is it about Netflix it’s so appealing to you as a director?
Jodie Foster: There’s no place like Netflix. (Laughs) I’m trying to click my heels three times. How can I work there forever? There really is no place, certainly in cable like Netflix, I mean, you know, that kind of freedom, that kind of respect for the artist, and for the filmmaker but really what the vision of the film is and anybody who works as a great creator will tell you that. You know, I still love making features. I love movies that are an hour and a half long and my only frustration, as I said to them Netflix is like, I need that form. I need that short story form but now that Netflix is doing that, why go anywhere else.
Black Mirror is now streaming on Netflix
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