Jodie Foster explores US' 'strange' money relationship
Jodie Foster thinks America has a very "strange relationship" with money.
The 53-year-old actress-turned-director helmed the new crime thriller drama 'Money Monster', which is set against the backdrop of Wall Street corruption, and Jodie admitted the US has a particularly unusual relationship with money.
Reflecting on her new movie, the Hollywood star said: "It does talk about America's very strange relationship with money. It's peculiarly American. It's hard for us to understand self-worth is without it because we don't have an aristocracy.
"Each generation has to reinvent itself. You don't inherit your value in our country and that means there's all this pressure. Unless you're rich and famous or have material possessions, you don't know what you're worth."
Jodie admitted that the film's central issue of self-worth is something that really interests her.
She said: "It's a real motivation, wanting to be valuable and wanting your life to be meaningful, and what does that mean to people? Does that mean you move to Calcutta with Mother Theresa or do you make as much money as you possible can so you have more power? What is that sense of value contingent upon?"
But Jodie also confessed this dilemma is not exclusive to America.
The director explained: "There's a whole landscape in the film about the rest of the world. You don't understand how it is all connected to Korea , Iceland and South Africa, but there are three groups of people watching this broadcast and by the end, they are involved in unravelling the mystery.
"That's how our world works now with the global tentacles."
Despite this assertion, Jodie revealed she is especially drawn to exploring American stories.
She told Total Film magazine: "I've lived all over the world, so it's strange to me that I'm so curious about America. Maybe it's because I've been away."