Jodie Foster Weighs in on Kristen Stewart Affair
Jodie Foster Writes Essay About Kristen Stewart
Jodie Foster is sounding off on the whole "Kristen Stewart cheated on Robert Pattinson" buzz.
As you'd expect, Foster is firmly on Team K-Stew, as she played mom to the actress in Panic Room in 2001 when Stewart was just 11 years old.
Perhaps most interesting is Foster's admission that if she were an actor today she "would quit before [she] started."
As you know, the media has been going crazy about Stewart having an affair with her Snow White and the Huntsman director.
Most of the gossip about Stewart is untrue, but that doesn't keep the media from trying.
In an essay for The Daily Beast, Foster defends Stewart, noting the challenge for today's celebs to maintain any shred of privacy.
She writes: "In my era, through discipline and force of will, you could still manage to reach for a star-powered career and have the authenticity of a private life."
She adds, "If I were a young actor or actress starting my career today in the new era of social media and its sanctioned hunting season, would I survive? Would I drown myself in drugs, sex, and parties? Would I be lost?"
Being a celebrity in this day and age is hard. Everyone makes mistakes, but when you're famous, you're under the microscope, and the internet and social media makes it that much harder to lay low.
Foster paints the picture of then and now for Stewart, who, while filming, she observed her "twirling in the surf... singing at the top of her lungs, jumping and spinning around in the cold water, all salty, sandy, full of joy and confidence."
Now? Not so spinning, joyful or confident: "A beautiful young woman strides down the sidewalk alone, head down, hands drawn into fists. She's walking fast, darting around huge men with black cameras thrusting at her mouth and chest. ‘Kristen, how do you feel?' ‘Smile Kris!' ‘Hey, hey, did you get her?' ‘I got her. I got her!' The young woman doesn't cry. F- no. She doesn't look up. She's learned."
In the end, Foster, writes, "Eventually this all passes. The public horrors of today eventually blow away. And yes, you are changed by the awful wake of reckoning they leave behind. You trust less. You calculate your steps. You survive."