Actor Jodie Foster says she always needs a break of at least a year off signing a new project.

The 54-year-old star says she finds it much easier to recover after completing a directing job than she does when she has been working on-screen, reports Contactmusic.

“The thing with directing is that it’s hard, it’s difficult and taxing, but once I’ve had a good sleep for about five days, I’m ready to get on the boat again.

“As an actor? I have to go on vacation for a year – a year minimum – before I’m ready to come back,” says Foster.

The Silence of the Lambs star says it is also important for her to focus on her family and breaks give her the freedom to do that.

“There’s a lot of time that goes into being a good mother, a good daughter, a good friend. Listening to other people and what they’re going through.

“And saying, ‘I can take care of that.’ I want to have that time open. If I fill it up with a bunch of trivial things – even things I could make money for – I feel like I won’t have time to be the person I hope all this is for. That’s what I try to do,” she says.