Jodie Foster to retire from acting

Updated: Mar 22, 2011, 09:08 AM IST

Los Angeles: Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster is ready to bow out of acting after four decades in the spotlight in order to focus on her work as a director.

The `Silence of the Lambs` star, who began her acting career as a child, admitted she now has little interest in performing and would rather step behind the camera, said The Hollywood Reporter.

"I`ve reached that point where I don`t want to act very much anymore. I am much more interested in holding off on acting, after 45 years as an actor. It`s a long period of time to do the same thing," said Foster.

The 48-year-old actress, who recently directed Mel Gibson in new drama `The Beaver`, said that her next big screen venture will be a science fiction project.

"There`s a family element to it, but it`s much more a genre movie. I`d like to do that because that`s a world I live in as an actor but I`ve never really gone to as a director.”

"It`s not anywhere close to being ready. (I don`t write), so that always puts me at the mercy of some enormous talent that comes out of the woodwork that somehow has the same obsessions as me," said Foster.