Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

Arts and Entertainment

Attention, Starbucks Barista: Helen Hunt Is Not Jodie Foster

A 2012 photo where Helen Hunt actually *does* look like Jodie Foster—a resemblance we had never noticed until now. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)
Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.

It's hard out there for a woman in Hollywood, particularly a woman over forty who isn't named "Meryl." Not only are women marginalized to a mere 30 percent of Hollywood's speaking roles, but a recent study found that as women get older, they are given increasingly less on-screen dialogue. And this is all while making 78 cents on the dollar (if we're lucky).

Still, you'd think the neighborhood coffee shop would at least be a refuge. A place where a female with star power could be recognized with a knowing smile, and maybe even granted free extra whipped cream on her latte. But it seems Oscar-winning actress Helen Hunt can't even catch a break at Starbucks.

In a tweet from this afternoon, Hunt recounts ordering her drink and asking the barista if she wanted her name; the barista winked and said "We gotcha." And then handed her a cup with "Jody" [sic] scrawled on it. Brutal.

Support for LAist comes from

Apparently, the barista wasn't the first to mistake the two Oscar-winning actresses. Hunt even discussed it on the Late Show with David Letterman in 1994: