The two-time Academy Award-winning actress and mom of two boys (ages 9 and 6) loosens up for a fun role in the new family adventure flick Nim's Island. (And it's about time -- we're still trying to erase the memory of the uber-creepy The Silence of the Lambs.)

Q. Why Nim's Island?

A. I really wanted to make a movie my kids could see. They came to the set often and played with the sea lion. On other films, I usually had a gun in my pocket or there were lots of bad words being said, so they didn't get a chance to hang out with me. Also, I totally fell in love with the script -- I wish that when I was young there'd been a girls' adventure movie.

Q. Have your children seen any of your old kid-friendly movies?

A. They've only seen Bugsy Malone. Basically, they have no interest. I tried to get them to watch Freaky Friday [Foster appeared in the original as the character Lindsay Lohan played in the remake], but they groaned.

Q. Do they get that you spent your childhood making movies?

A. We can't really compare our lives. I had a lot of responsibility as a child. It's hard to grow be 14, 15, 16, especially for someone in the public eye. But it wasn't the same culture back then. They didn't have those long paparazzi lenses when I was growing up.

Q. Do your kids have a regular life?

A. There's a good amount of routine as well as a good amount of discipline. They like it when their world doesn't change too much.

Q. What do you do for fun?

A. We like to ski. But if you asked my sons, they'd say Game Boy.

Q. Mother's Day is coming up. What's on your wish list?

A. Guitar Hero. I had it on my Christmas list, but I didn't get it!

Q. If you were stuck on a deserted island and could only take along five things, what would they be?

A. My books and my iPod. The kids, of course, but they're not things. Food and drink are pretty important to me, so I might have to take tiny airplane-size Bordeaux wine bottles and a catalog from Dean & Deluca [a NYC gourmet food store] so I could order take-out. Technically, more than five things.

Copyright © 2008. Used with permission from the April 2008 issue of Parents magazine.

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