Starbucks Barista 'recognises' Helen Hunt - as Jodie Foster

Helen Hunt was referred to as "Jody" by the barista Credit: Reuters

Actress Helen Hunt was "recognised" by a barista in Starbucks - who believed she was Hollywood star Jodie Foster.

According to Hunt's Twitter, the As Good As it Gets actress walked into the coffee shop when she was "recognised" by the barista.

Before giving her name after ordering, the barista winked and "we gotcha", before writing a name on the cup.

But rather than write Helen, the name Jody (sic) was taken down.

Jodie Foster starred in Alien and Silence of the Lambs Credit: Reuters

The name was an apparent reference to Jodie Foster, star of cult classics Alien and Silence of the Lambs.