Jodie Foster split from Cydney Bernard in 2008 after 20 years together

Jodie Foster has reportedly been secretly dating photographer and sometime actress Alexandra Hedison.

Hedison, who dated comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres from 2001 to 2004 before DeGeneres met her now wife Portia de Rossi, had apparently been getting close to Foster over the summer. Speculation about the women’s relationship began after they were spotted together at a Fox Studios tech seminar in Los Angeles. Just a few days later, Foster and Hedison went out to a dinner with mutual friends.

"It's pretty serious," a source told E! News about the Hollywood pairing. "They're totally in love."

While Hedison’s photography has appeared in shows on both the East and West Coast – aside from her relationship with DeGeneres – she's likely best known for her recurring role on Showtime hit The L Word. On the lesbian drama series, Hedison played documentary filmmaker Dylan Moreland, who was in an on-off relationship with charitable heiress Helena Peabody, played by Rachel Shelley.

While Foster’s sexuality had long been guessed at, the movie star officially came out as a lesbian at the 2013 Golden Globes in January while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award. In her speech, Foster quipped about feeling as though she came out a long time ago, and spoke about her desire to have some semblance of privacy regarding her personal life after living a life in the spotlight – getting her start in Hollywood in her early teens.

Foster split from her partner of 20 years Cydney Bernard in 2008. They remain amicable coparents to their two sons – Charles and Kit.

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