After a month of having to battle the constant media and fan harassment, Kristen Stewart is feeling depressed and low. However, in the midst of all the chaos, the young actress finds herself being protected by her former “Panic Room” co-star, Jodie Foster.
Jodie Foster has stepped in and stated her disgust over the constant media frenzy surrounding Stewart’s affair and “Twilight” break-up. The actress gives Stewart a line of defense in the form of an article Foster wrote in the “Daily Beast.”
“Foster, who co-starred with a then-11-year-old Stewart in the 2002 film “Panic Room,” penned an essay for The Daily Beast in which she blasted the “gladiator sport of celebrity culture” and questioned whether she could have survived the constant public scrutiny and criticism young stars face today.” (CBS News).
The older actress was also a child star, who grew up in the constant limelight of fan-crazed paparazzi.
In her article Foster writes of her experience and tactics in dealing with the media. “I have been an actress since I was 3 years old, 46 years to date. I have no memories of a childhood outside the public eye. I am told people look to me as a success story. Often complete strangers approach me and ask, How have you stayed so normal, so well-adjusted, so private? I usually lie and say, ‘Just boring I guess.’
“The truth is, like some curious radioactive mutant, I have invented my own gothic survival tools. I have fashioned rules to control the glaring eyes.”
In 1976, Foster’s first role in the Hollywood realm was when she played the young prostitute character Iris in the film, “Taxi Driver.” At the time she was only 13 and gained a nomination for “Best Supporting Actress” in the Academy Awards. In the following years, the then young starlet starred in “The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane” and “The Accused.” Foster’s biggest and most major role did not come until 1991 when she played the famous role of Clarice Starling in the “Silence of the Lambs” film.
In her article, Foster contrasts the differences of growing up in stardom today with her past life as a teenage actress. “I would quit before I started. If I had to grow up in this media culture, I don’t think I could survive it emotionally. 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.
“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?”
Foster also wrote of her fondness of Kristen Stewart. During the 5 months of working with the young actress, the then pregnant Foster grew to love her and had hopes that her child would be just like Stewart, “fearless” and with a “beautiful talent.”
In her article Foster writes of Stewart, “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. [Expletive] no. She doesn’t look up. She’s learned.”
In addition to blasting the media and protecting Stewart in her article, Foster also writes some advice for Stewart and all other young starts struggling against the media trash talking.
The star writes, “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.”
“Hopefully in the process you don’t lose your ability to throw your arms in the air again and spin in wild abandon. That is the ultimate F.U. and – finally – the most beautiful survival tool of all. Don’t let them take that away from you.”
This piece of advice could not have come at a better time for Kristen who is still struggling with the media blast of her affair. Sources have told TMZ of her anger at being forced to take all the blame for the affair. The very same sources described Kristen’s shock at how the media is not putting any blame on Rubert Sanders, a man who was “in a position of power over her” and who is 19 years older than her.
“Kristen is also incensed that she’s being called the big cheater. Although she knows she shouldn’t have done it because she was in a committed relationship with Robert Pattinson, she feels Rupert is in a totally different and far more culpable situation, being married with two kids.” (Fox News)
Despite the affair, Universal Pictures is still considering a sequel to the “Snow White and the Huntsman” film. Last Wednesday Donna Langley, co-chairman of Universal Pictures, stated that any reports of Stewart being forced off the sequel are false.
The young “Twilight” couple are still separated and not talking, but Robert Pattinson has stepped out from his cave and out in public once again. This week the star appeared on “Daily Show” and ate ice-cream with Jon Stewart. Pattinson has made no statements or comments about the affair.
Photos courtesy of Georges Biard, ABC-TV, Luke Ford, and Gaga Skidmore via WikiCommons and Flickr.