Oscar-winning actor Jodie Foster says Generation Z can be “really annoying” to work with.

In an interview with The Guardian, Foster, who has worked in the film industry for nearly six decades, said working with young actors can be frustrating.

“They’re really annoying, especially in the workplace,” she quipped to the publication.

“They’re like: ‘Nah, I’m not feeling it today, I’m gonna come in at 10.30 am.’ Or in emails, I’ll tell them: this is all grammatically incorrect, did you not check your spelling? And they’re like: ‘Why would I do that, isn’t that kind of limiting?'”

Gen Z is a term generally used to describe those born during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Speaking about the advice she’d give to young people in the industry, she said: “They need to learn how to relax, how to not think about it so much, how to come up with something that’s theirs.

“I can help them find that, which is so much more fun than being, with all the pressure behind it, the protagonist of the story.”

Foster, who stars in season four of the HBO series True Detective: Night Country, singled out British actor Bella Ramsay, the star of The Last of Us and Game of Thrones whom she first met at Elle’s Women in Hollywood celebration.

She explained: “I reached out to Bella, because we’d never met, and said: ‘I want you to introduce me at this thing,’ which is a wonderful event about actors and people in the movies, but is also very much a fashion thing. Which means it’s determining who represents us.”

Foster noted that event organisers were “very proud of themselves because they’ve got every ethnicity, and I’m like: yeah, but all the attendees are still wearing heels and eyelashes”.

She added: “There are other ways of being a woman, and it’s really important for people to see that. And Bella, who gave the best speech, was wearing the most perfect suit, beautifully tailored, and a middle parting and no makeup.

“I do a lot of reaching out to young actresses. I’m compelled. Because it was hard growing up.”

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