Jodie Foster is sticking up for her former "Panic Room" co-star in a new article where she criticizes the media coverage of Stewart's cheating scandal and the current celebrity-crazed culture.
The 49-year-old actress recalls in the article written for The Daily Beast, how she met and first spent time with the actress on the set of the 2002 thriller "Panic Room."
"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," Foster said. "We talked and laughed for hours, sharing spontaneous mysteries and venting our boredom. I grew to love that kid."
She also remembers a conversation she had at the time with Stewart's mother Jules Mann-Stewart, a script supervisor, in which Stewart's mother admitted she tried to talk the 11-year-old Kristen out of acting but that the young star on the rise "just loves it."
"Actors who become celebrities are supposed to be grateful for the public interest. After all, they're getting paid," Foster said. "Just to set the record straight, a salary for a given on-screen performance does not include the right to invade anyone's privacy, to destroy someone's sense of self."
Stewart is currently making headlines for a cheating scandal with her "Snow White and the Huntsman" director Rupert Sanders. The two were seen kissing and embracing in photos published in Us Weekly magazine in late July. Stewart, 22, released a press statement on July 25 and described it as a "momentary indiscretion."
Foster, who has two Academy Awards and began acting as a child, said that the business of celebrity has changed so drastically from the time she began her career.
"If I were a young actor today 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," Foster writes. "I would only hope that someone who loved me, really loved me, would put their arm around me and lead me away to safety. "
She admits that she has been able to keep many aspects of her personal life private by rules she made for herself to "control the glaring eyes" and by making career choices that "allow myself (and the ones I truly love) maximum personal dignity."
Foster ends her article with a phrase her mother used to tell her that she admitted she once hated: "This too shall pass."
"It always seemed so banal and out of touch, like she was telling me my pain was irrelevant. Now it just seems quaint, but oddly true," Foster said. "Eventually this all passes."
This is not the first time Foster has defended a co-star who was embroiled in a media scandal. Last May, Foster stuck up for Mel Gibson, her co-star in "The Beaver," whom she called "a beautiful man." At the time, Gibson was involved in a custody battle with his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, who accused the star of verbal and physical abuse.
"There are the two Mels that I know, there's the actor I've worked with who is one of the most beloved actors in the film business," Foster said at the time. "Everyone loves working with him, he is undoubtedly talented and then there's the man that I know very well, I've known him for a long time. He's trustworthy and an incredibly loyal friend and delicate and sensitive and just a beautiful man. So it's not difficult at all to say 'this is the man I know.'"
Gibson was charged with misdemeanor battery over a confrontation with Grigorieva. He later made a plea deal and was sentenced to informal probation for 36 months and was also ordered to undergo counseling for anger management and domestic violence prevention, which he completed in March.
Foster rose to fame in her 1973 film "Taxi Driver," where she played a teenage prostitute. She has also starred in "The Silence of the Lambs," "Contact" and "Inside Man." She will next appear in the sci-fi film "Elysium" alongside Matt Damon. The movie is set for release on March 1, 2013.