"I was just happy and content, and I wasn't competing with my old self," the 'True Detective' star said
Jodie Foster is finding comfort in her 60s.
"Your 60s, where you are today, is a place where you feel like your heart can rest, you're home? Describe what's happening," asked host Hoda Kotb, 59.
"I don't wanna take credit for it though," replied Foster, "'cause I think it's some kind of hormone or something that got injected into my system, where suddenly the day I turned 60 was, you know, one of the best days of my life."
"I don't know, I just feel like suddenly nothing really mattered and everything's a bonus," the True Detective star continued. "I was just happy and content, and I wasn't competing with my old self. I had no expectations for what was happening, and I was ready for what was gonna come."
Kotb then asked Foster when she began "feeling comfortable in your own skin," to which the Nyad actress said, "I don't know, 'cause that's a daily thing, right? 'How is today?' "
"So, I guess, you know, you just have to hope that you get more good days than bad," said Foster.
The former child star and mom of two added, "It is weird growing up as a public figure. I don't recommend it for anybody. I think it's a tough road. Especially when you start so young."
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Foster said, "It's a long road of figuring out, like, who you are and who's your job and what part of you is your job. All that stuff."
"I felt these huge shifts the day I turned 30 and the day I turned 60," she said. "And 60 was the best shift of all, because I was struggling in my 50s. I was sort of like, 'Am I ever going to do anything meaningful again? Is this all there is?' "
At the time, Foster also mentioned "that awkward phase where everybody who’s in their late 40s or 50s is very busy getting all plumped and shooting s--- into their face. I didn’t want that life, but I also knew that I couldn’t compete with my old self."
"So," she continued, "my 50s were tough. Then something happened when I turned 60. I was like, 'I figured it out. This is good.' There was something about going back to the work with a different attitude, I think. About really enjoying supporting other people and saying to myself, 'This is not my time. I had my time. This is their time, and I get to participate in it by giving them whatever wisdom I have.' "
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