updated 08/25/2015 AT 8:16 PM ET
•originally published 01/14/2013 AT 1:40 PM ET
“My mom is an amazing inspiration for me,” Foster told reporters in the press room after her speech, in which she opened up about her family life with her two sons and ex-partner Cydney Bernard for the first time publicly.
“She picked me up from school and took me to see foreign films, sometimes two or three, and she wouldn’t let me do my homework because she really wanted me to see movies. She passed that along to me, and I am grateful that she wanted me to be respected.”
“That was her number one goal for me,” Foster continued, “and I think that permeated my early career.”
Foster explained that her own mom prepared her repeatedly for a career that would be fleeting, telling her it would be over at 18 and then again at 40 and asking her to consider life after acting. Fortunately, the work never evaporated.