Jodie Foster thanks Aaron Rodgers during Golden Globes speech; says Shailene Woodley 'very aware' of her enthusiasm for Packers
Turns out Jodie Foster wasn't just kidding around about giving Aaron Rodgers a shout-out in her speech if she won a Golden Globe.
She did, and she did.
Foster thanked Rodgers — right after her dog, Ziggy, but ahead of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — toward the end of her acceptance speech Sunday night for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for "The Mauritanian."
It was a simple name-drop, but with a spirited fist pump, during a virtual appearance in her pajamas from the couch with wife Alexandra Hedison and their dog at the 78th annual Golden Globe Awards.
In the virtual press room after the awards, Foster said she had already heard from Rodgers, and it's game on, USA TODAY reported.
If you're late to the Foster-Rodgers awards season back-and-forth, it started when the Green Bay Packers quarterback included her without explanation among a flurry of people he thanked as part of "my team off the field" during his MVP acceptance speech on Feb. 6.
Because his fiancée Shailene Woodley co-stars with Foster in "The Mauritanian," there was suddenly much buzz that perhaps Foster had introduced the couple and that's what snagged her a mention in his speech.
She put that to rest in the post-Globes interview.
"I didn’t set up Shailene and Aaron. I have never met Aaron Rodgers," Foster said.
"It is possible that I do like to talk about how much I love the Green Bay Packers. Sometimes I can talk a little bit too much about that," she said. "So, of course, Shailene is very aware of my enthusiasm for the team."
During an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on Feb. 18, Foster joked that Rodgers mentioning her as part of his team in his speech basically means she is a Packer now.
Kimmel asked if she would return the favor by name-dropping him in her Golden Globes speech.
"Absolutely," Foster said. "I may have to do the whole team maybe. Davante Adams has to be in there somewhere."
Adams didn't make it into the Golden Globes speech, but there could be an opportunity to cheer for the Packers wide receiver and his teammates in person at Lambeau Field.
During an appearance Thursday on the "Today" show, Foster said a trip to Green Bay is in her future.
"But now that I am a member of the team, I plan on being at Lambeau with my Cheesehead on and making a fool of myself," she said. "I have painted my face. I have done that."
Perhaps she can attend with Woodley, who confirmed during her Feb. 22 appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" that she is engaged to the future Hall of Fame quarterback but confessed she has never been to a football game.
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