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Watch Jodie Foster's Coming Out Speech at Golden Globes

Watch Jodie Foster's Coming Out Speech at Golden Globes

Jodie Foster gave one of the most riveting speeches of the night at the 2013 Golden Globes on Sunday (January 13) and we have the video to relive the great moment.

The 50-year-old actress received the Cecil B. DeMille Award and used her speech to officially come out as a gay woman for the first time and to talk about living a private life.

“I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago back in the Stone Age, in those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends and family and co-workers and then gradually, proudly to everyone who knew her, to everyone she actually met,” Jodie said. “But now I’m told, apparently that every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance and a prime-time reality show.”


Watch Jodie Foster’s Coming Out Speech at Golden Globes

Click inside to read a transcript of Jodie Foster’s complete Golden Globes speech…

Jodie Foster – Golden Globes Speech

“Well, for all of you ‘SNL’ fans, I’m 50! I’m 50! You know, I need to do that without this dress on, but you know, maybe later at Trader Vic’s, boys and girls. What do you say? I’m 50! You know, I was going to bring my walker tonight but it just didn’t go with the cleavage.

“Robert [Downey Jr.], I want to thank you for everything: for your bat-crazed, rapid-fire brain, the sweet intro. I love you and Susan and I am so grateful that you continually talk me off the ledge when I go on and foam at the mouth and say, ‘I’m done with acting, I’m done with acting, I’m really done, I’m done, I’m done.’

“Trust me, 47 years in the film business is a long time. You just ask those Golden Globes, because you crazy kids, you’ve been around here forever. You know, Phil you’re a nut, Aida, Scott — thank you for honoring me tonight. It is the most fun party of the year, and tonight I feel like the prom queen.

“Thank you. Looking at all those clips, you know, the hairdos and the freaky platform shoes, it’s like a home-movie nightmare that just won’t end, and all of these people sitting here at these tables, they’re my family of sorts, you know. Fathers mostly. Executives, producers, the directors, my fellow actors out there, we’ve giggled through love scenes, we’ve punched and cried and spit and vomited and blown snot all over one another — and those are just the costars I liked. But you know more than anyone else I share my most special memories with members of the crew. Blood-shaking friendships, brothers and sisters. We made movies together, and you can’t get more intimate than that.

“So while I’m here being all confessional, I guess I have a sudden urge to say something that I’ve never really been able to air in public. So, a declaration that I’m a little nervous about but maybe not quite as nervous as my publicist right now, huh Jennifer? But I’m just going to put it out there, right? Loud and proud, right? So I’m going to need your support on this.

“I am single. Yes I am, I am single. No, I’m kidding — but I mean I’m not really kidding, but I’m kind of kidding. I mean, thank you for the enthusiasm. Can I get a wolf whistle or something? [Audio is silent for seven seconds] … be a big coming-out speech tonight because I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago back in the Stone Age, in those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends and family and co-workers and then gradually, proudly to everyone who knew her, to everyone she actually met. But now I’m told, apparently that every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance and a prime-time reality show.

“You know, you guys might be surprised, but I am not Honey Boo Boo Child. No, I’m sorry, that’s just not me. It never was and it never will be. Please don’t cry because my reality show would be so boring. I would have to make out with Marion Cotillard or I’d have to spank Daniel Craig’s bottom just to stay on the air. It’s not bad work if you can get it, though.

“But seriously, if you had been a public figure from the time that you were a toddler, if you’d had to fight for a life that felt real and honest and normal against all odds, then maybe you too might value privacy above all else. Privacy. Some day, in the future, people will look back and remember how beautiful it once was.

“I have given everything up there from the time that I was 3 years old. That’s reality-show enough, don’t you think?

“There are a few secrets to keeping your psyche intact over such a long career. The first, love people and stay beside them. That table over there, 222, way out in Idaho, Paris, Stockholm, that one, next to the bathroom with all the unfamous faces, the very same faces for all these years. My acting agent, Joe Funicello — Joe, do you believe it, 38 years we’ve been working together? Even though he doesn’t count the first eight.

“Matt Saver, Pat Kingsley, Jennifer Allen, Grant Niman and his uncle Jerry Borack, may he rest in peace. Lifers. My family and friends here tonight and at home, and of course, Mel Gibson. You know you save me too.

“There is no way I could ever stand here without acknowledging one of the deepest loves of my life, my heroic co-parent, my ex-partner in love but righteous soul sister in life, my confessor, ski buddy, consigliere, most beloved BFF of 20 years, Cydney Bernard. Thank you, Cyd. I am so proud of our modern family. Our amazing sons, Charlie and Kit, who are my reason to breathe and to evolve, my blood and soul. And boys, in case you didn’t know it, this song, all of this, this song is for you.

“This brings me to the greatest influence of my life, my amazing mother, Evelyn. Mom, I know you’re inside those blue eyes somewhere and that there are so many things that you won’t understand tonight. But this is the only important one to take in: I love you, I love you, I love you. And I hope that if I say this three times, it will magically and perfectly enter into your soul, fill you with grace and the joy of knowing that you did good in this life. You’re a great mom. Please take that with you when you’re finally OK to go.

“You see, Charlie and Kit, sometimes your mom loses it too. I can’t help but get moony, you know. This feels like the end of one era and the beginning of something else. Scary and exciting and now what? Well, I may never be up on this stage again, on any stage for that matter. Change, you gotta love it. I will continue to tell stories, to move people by being moved, the greatest job in the world. It’s just that from now on, I may be holding a different talking stick. And maybe it won’t be as sparkly, maybe it won’t open on 3,000 screens, maybe it will be so quiet and delicate that only dogs can hear it whistle. But it will be my writing on the wall. Jodie Foster was here, I still am, and I want to be seen, to be understood deeply and to be not so very lonely.

“Thank you, all of you, for the company. Here’s to the next 50 years.”

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22 Responses to “Watch Jodie Foster's Coming Out Speech at Golden Globes”

  1. 1
    gia Says:

    This is not a coming out speech you idiot

  2. 2
    Belize Belize Says:

    and the Academy Award for the Best Honesty in Hollywood goes to, Jodie Foster. you’re awesome, Jodie.

  3. 3
    ha ha Says:

    her, mel and rdjr. can go fck themselves they all deserve each other the speech was embarassing and snarky, arrogant. self important
    b!tch, she is irrelevant in this era anyway

  4. 4
    ugh Says:

    firstly, she came out years ago

    secondly, let’s not forget the fact that this woman supported mel gibson’s racist bullsh<t!!

    …and what honesty? that celebrities deserve privacy? good! then stop calling the paparazzi – or that she's over 'reality shows'? too bad, actors get paid millions to do nothing i'm sure they'll get over that, too.

    I found her to be pretentious – through most of the speech i just rolled my eyes.

    Teachers, doctors, nurses should get this kind of praise and attention not actors.

  5. 5
    Tc Says:

    She is a talented actress but she always seems so fake to me.
    She thinks she has the truth of all she say. Uh sorry, I can not stand her.

  6. 6
    ha ha Says:

    damn i wish the thumbs were back want to thumb up ugh and tc, ITAWY and Mel is a card carrying homophobe so go figure

  7. 7
    karl Says:

    Dont worry ill make you straight…

  8. 8
    Miracle Says:

    She is truely an amazing actress! But shame on this site for concentrating only on her coming out part of the speech, when her speech basically was about different thing and it was very touching. Shame on you, JustJared!!

  9. 9
    hm...... Says:

    @Miracle: calm down. she’s not out saving the world.

    @ha ha: exactly!!!!!! but now the gay community love her?!?!? 0_o

  10. 10
    melissa B Says:

    @ugh: Then stop coming to celeb. websites and fueling the demand.

  11. 11
    ugh Says:

    @melissa B: Me alone? I HAVE THAT KIND OF POWER? whaaaaaat?

    I didn’t even know it so thank you :)

  12. 12
    ugh Says:

    It’s strange that white people have no problem supporting other white racists, in fact they over look it (in the case of J.F that’s been proven true) but if jodie foster supported a muslim then they’d rip her a new as<hole.

    funny how that works!

  13. 13
    AshleyRitchie Says:

    Love my job, since I’ve been bringing in $5600… I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I’m making it online(Click on menu Home)
    http://goo.gl/MNb1t

  14. 14
    Cece Says:

    A bit too self important for a dumb awards show. Sounds like she needs to write a book about her life or something. She certainly thinks that she knows it all. Nice tribute to her ex-partner and kids at least.

  15. 15
    Gabby Says:

    Good. Glad she cleared that up. At the same time she announces she’s quitting acting. Very convenient.

    I don’t mean to sound critical of her, but WHEN will we have a current A-list actor with his/her best career years possibly ahead of them that will stand up and come out and be proud?

  16. 16
    DM Says:

    Touching part of the speech regarding her mother.

  17. 17
    Sheila Says:

    I like Jody, but she should stick to acting. Her speech actually made me not like her so much, but what REALLY made me dislike her is her love for Mel Gibson and proclaiming it on stage.

  18. 18
    Oceane Says:

    She looks great for 50. I never expected her to be so full of herself. In the past she came across as humble. This speech was way over the top. Mel Gibson looked like his was off his face on something.

  19. 19
    Ichha Says:

    I really thought her speech was very arrogant. She seems very full of herself; well news flash, Jodie: I’ve not heard a story about you since the stone age…

  20. 20
    Just Boston Says:

    In a city that most can hardly finish a sentence, she is definetely the most eloquent and well spoken actress. She is confident about her choices, she is independent, she’s artistic and compassionate. A true role model.

  21. 21
    starsh Says:

    @Cece: You aren’t very bright if you cannot see the point of a Lifetime Achievement Award at a film award’s show – she is speaking to her peers and colleagues as well as members of the public who are – duh- watching a film awards show. Sh’e supposed to make a speech about her life and her work, in the movies, silly!

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    urwatuis Says:

    this was embarrassing – i could barely watch but, like a bad accident i had to look ;) it was bad even before she got on stage, rdj started out with a good intro and then it just went down hill – it was dead quiet in that room – he was not funny. just shows you the weirdness of celebrity, had to be part of the cliq to get it i guess. jodie is talented but, should not open her mouth unless it’s an acting job. why did she get this award, no one else was available? she hasn’t done anything significant in years. also, the montage of her films was awful, some of those horrific scenes from great roles she did were cut out of context and gave the wrong impression (with the music used, etc). like how they kept showing her with a young kristen stewart. panic room was panned when it came out but, with ks being a popular actress now they used it a lot. i get that she wants privacy but, she didn’t need to go on about family, etc then. she should’ve stuck to speaking about career and film making, etc. we already know she’s gay, that’s nothing new and she didn’t have to confirm it at an awards show. anyways, tina and amy were great :)

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