15 Iconic Hollywood Actors You Didn’t Know Mentored Your Favorite Stars
Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster
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.”