15 Iconic Hollywood Actors You Didn’t Know Mentored Your Favorite Stars

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Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster

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Robert De Niro doesn’t seem like an obvious mentor, but that doesn’t mean he’s never taken a young actor under his wing. While on the set of Taxi Driver, Robert met Jodie Foster. Jodie was also in the film, and at quite a young age at the time. Jodie had been working since she was three, but Robert was the one that helped her realize what it meant to build a character.

“It was a huge revelation for me, because until that moment I thought being an actor was just acting naturally and saying the lines someone else wrote,” Jodie told Beyond the Frame. “Nobody had ever asked me to build a character.”

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