Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart played mother-daughter in David Fincher’s 2002 thriller Panic Room, and it appears that the bond that they shared while the cameras were rolling still exists today, over 10 years later.
Foster recently came out in defense of Stewart amid the cheating allegations against Stewart in the press. The press has been having a field day with Stewart, gleefully painting her as the bad the guy in light of reports that she cheated on her Twilight costar and beau Robert Pattinson with her Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders.
In her commentary on The Daily Beast Foster compares Stewart’s childhood stardom to that of her own as Foster was a child star in Disney films and later in heavy hitting fare including Alice Doesn’t Live Here and Taxi Driver. Foster shines a light on the microscope that is the media today as being an enormous problem for young celebs, a problem Foster admits did not reach the same scale in the 70s and 80s, during her rise to fame.
Foster posits, “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?”
The two-time Academy Award winner goes on to discuss what working with an 11-year-old Stewart was like, and how Stewart’s mom was not enthusiastic about her daughter pursuing a career in entertainment. Foster asked, “She doesn’t want to be an actor when she grows up, does she? Her mom sighed. ‘Yes … unfortunately.’ ‘Can’t you talk her out of it?’ I offered. “Oh, I’ve tried. She loves it. She just loves it.”
In the end, Foster offers some advice for the young starlet, advice that Foster herself has probably followed during her 46 years in front of the camera especially the gunman John Hinckley Jr. attempted to assasinate Ronald Reagan in 1981, an act he claimed was intended to catch Foster’s attention.
Foster concludes her Daily Beast piece by saying, “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. 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.”
But according to news reports, Stewart may already be suffering some career setbacks that could be attributed to the onslaught of negative publicity. According to E Online, there is now a question of whether there will be a sequel to Stewart’s recent fantasy action flick Snow White and the Huntsman. There are rumors abound that the studio is going to go in another direction altogether.