Jodie Foster Is ‘Real,’ Says Adoring Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster

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updated 08/25/2015 AT 8:16 PM ET

originally published 01/14/2013 AT 8:35 AM ET

After giving close friend Mel Gibson a shout-out in her moving speech at the Golden Globes on Sunday night, Jodie Foster’s Beaver costar is returning the love.

“I kiss the ground she walks on,” the actor, 57, told PEOPLE at the InStyle/Warner Brothers afterparty. “I adore her.”

The double Oscar-winning actress, 50, who has supported Gibson through his dark times, brought many in the ballroom to tears with her emotional speech in which she opened up about her personal life, including her sexuality.