By Ryan Buxton, EnStarz | Aug 15, 2012 10:20 AM EDT
Jodie Foster is fed up with the tabloids who have picked apart Kristen Stewart after she was caught cheating on longtime boyfriend Robert Pattinson.
The Oscar-winning actress explains her close, motherly bond with the "Twilight" star and blasts the spectacle surrounding Stewart and Pattinson's relationship and its recent rocky turn in a column she penned for The Daily Beast on Wednesday.
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Foster explains the beginning of her relationship with Stewart: "In 2001 I spent 5 months with Kristen Stewart on the set of 'Panic Room' mostly holed up in a space the size of a Manhattan closet. We talked and laughed for hours, sharing spontaneous mysteries and venting our boredom. I grew to love that kid."
Foster even writes that she was pregnant at the time and as she thought about her unborn child, she wondered whether she would be like Stewart, with "all that beautiful talent and fearlessness."
But years later, Foster is infuriated with the way the media has beaten up on the 22-year-old starlet.
"Cut to: Today ... A beautiful young woman strides down the sidewalk alone, head down, hands drawn into fists," Foster wrote. "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-ck no. She doesn't look up. She's learned. She keeps her head down, her shades on, fists in her pockets. Don't speak. Don't look. Don't cry."
The pressure on actors and invasion of their private lives has spun out of control, according to Foster, and as a result, she encourages any aspiring child actors to give it a second thought.
"If I were a young actor today I would quit before I started," she said. "If I had to grow up in this media culture, I don't think I could survive it emotionally. I would only hope that someone who loved me, really loved me, would put their arm around me and lead me away to safety."
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