Jodie Foster wants her children to become movie directors.
The Panic Room actress insists it is her "fantasy" for sons Kit, six, and Charles, nine, to grow up to be great filmmakers.
She said: "When I talk to my sons about movies I tell them about the camera, about editing, or the scene where they did the visual effects, and explain how they do it. I want them to love films because I love films.
"If they wanted to become an actor, I'd help them. But, as their mother, my fantasy would be that they'd be on the other side of the camera."
Foster has never stepped behind the camera herself, but was executive producer on her latest film The Brave One, in which she also stars. The 44-year-old actress plays a talk show host who is savagely mugged and witnesses her fiance's fatal beating leading her to go on a revenge-fuelled gun rampage.
However, Foster is unsure whether she would seek bloody vengeance if put in the same horrific situation as her character.
She said in an interview with The Independent: "I think we all have ideas that there are some lines we wouldn't cross and people we could never become in a certain circumstance.
"But until you've walked in her shoes, you just can't know."
The Brave One opens in cinemas later this month.