Los Angeles: After four decades of her career, American actress Jodie Foster is set to retire from acting is ready to focus on her work as a director.

The Oscar-winning actress who began her acting career as a child, admitted she now has little interest in performing and would rather step behind the camera, said a newspaper.

“I've reached that point where I don't want to act very much anymore. I am much more interested in holding off on acting, after 45 years as an actor. It's a long period of time to do the same thing,” said Foster.

The 48-year-old actress, who recently directed Mel Gibson in new drama 'The Beaver', said that her next big screen venture will be a science fiction project.

"There's a family element to it, but it's much more a genre movie. I'd like to do that because that's a world I live in as an actor but I've never really gone to as a director," she said.