With all the hate being thrown Kristen Stewart’s way lately, one person is sticking up for her.
Stewart’s former Panic Room co-star Jodie Foster has spoken up with her feelings on how the media is handling the 22-year-old’s recent relationship woes. A letter from Foster was published on Wednesday laying out the seasoned actress’ thoughts on anything from the way childhood stardom has changed to advice for the budding actress moving forward.
Jodie’s message was published on The Daily Beast. In it, the main message conveyed was how media coverage of young stars has changed for the worse. She compared a scene from her childhood at the beach to a typical day in the life of Kristen walking down a photog-filled sidewalk.
“I’ve said it before and I will say it again: if I were a young actor today I would quit before I started,” she wrote. “If I had to grow up in this media culture, I don’t think I could survive it emotionally.”
Not that it was perfect when she was an up and comer, either. In the message, Foster sites things like “paparazzi peering into her windows,” “online harassment,” and “public humiliations” as things that simply come with the territory of being a famous actor and actress. She attributes her sanity today to the “gothic survival tools” that she’s crafted over the years.
“I have fashioned rules to control the glaring eyes … I have neurotically adapted to the gladiator sport of celebrity culture, the cruelty of a life lived as a moving target,” she said.
She continued, “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.”
But, for Foster, even those tools would be no match for the oppressive force of celebrity gossip today.
Though Foster did not offer a solution to the madness of the tabloids today, she did have some basic advice for Kristen from her own mother.
“This too shall pass,” she wrote. “Eventually this all passes. The public horrors of today eventually blow away.”