Jodie Foster Defends Kristen Stewart in Emotional Essay

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Jodie Foster published a very personal essay Wednesday in which she defended her Panic Room co-star Kristen Stewart against, among other things, the perils of today's media.

Writing for The Daily Beast, the two-time Oscar-winning actress -- who has been in the business since age three -- lambasts the media for the way it has treated Stewart since she confessed to cheating on boyfriend Robert Pattinson with her married Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders.

"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 ..." Foster, 49, writes. "Not anymore ... I’ve said it before and I will say it again: 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."

"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 adds.


Foster goes on to write about the experience she shared with Stewart on the set of Panic Room, in 2001, recalling an 11-year-old child who was full of life and promise.

"I grew to love that kid," she writes. "She turned 11 during our shoot and on her birthday, I organized a mariachi band to serenade her at the taco bar while she blew out her candles. She begrudgingly danced around a sombrero with me but soon rushed off to a basketball game with the grip and electric departments."

Foster continues:

Her mother and I watched her jump around after the ball, hooting with every team basket. “She doesn’t want to be an actor when she grows up, does she?” I asked. Her mom sighed. “Yes … unfortunately.” We both smiled and shrugged with an ambivalence born from experience. “Can’t you talk her out of it?” I offered. “Oh, I’ve tried. She loves it. She just loves it.” More sighs. We watched her run around the court for a while, both of us silent, each thinking our own thoughts. I was pregnant at the time and found myself daydreaming of the child I might have soon. Would she be just like Kristen? All that beautiful talent and fearlessness … would she jump and dunk and make me so proud?
Foster concludes her essay by recalling a quote from her mother: "This too shall pass."

"God, I hated that phrase. It always seemed so banal and out of touch, like she was telling me my pain was irrelevant," she writes, before adding that after years of being in the business it finally makes sense.

"Eventually this all passes ... You survive," Foster reveals. "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."

On July 25, Stewart admitted to cheating on Pattinson, mere hours after Us Weekly published intimate photos of her with Sanders.

"I'm deeply sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I've caused to those close to me and everyone this has affected," Stewart, 22, wrote in a statement. "This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I'm so sorry."

What do you think of Foster's essay? Do you agree with what she has to say? Sound off, below.


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  • Pierrette Asisi
    Pierrette Asisi

    Everyone gets cheated on and yeah its not a good thing but shes human! It happens to everyone I think she should just find some else she can be happy with. Love K-Stew

  • Re

    Rupert Sanders is the perv. He rtook advantage of a young 22 yr. old woman. He should have been the one to know better. I think he has been around the block a lot more than Kristen. So all you women out there ...let's stick up for our sisters. Men are never out casts for long no matter hw slimey they our. Is it because we have such low expectations for them? The good old boys club will just always win. Kinda makes me sick.

  • lv013

    " SNOW WHITE THE HUNTED........" Rupert Sanders should be banned from directing for five years. He is a poor excuse of a man who not only abused his priviledge as a Director but also in his duty of care for his cast. It was said that he was infatuated with Kristen, so she didn't stand a chance.

  • minnie

    how come all the accusation goes to Kristen only? i mean, if you have to accuse someone, make it fair, blame the man too... takes 2 to tango... plus, it's their private life...if she did well in the movie then we should applaud.. outside of the movie, they are just normal person, human makes mistakes and if they apologized, then just let it go... what happened happened..blaming won't help... i just dont think anyone should be so harsh on her...

  • january2001

    But can money really make you happy if you don't have love? I agree with Jodie the problem with Hollywood it's Godless this is what we're teaching our young people. I Pray that Rob and Kristen will work out if this is what they really want.

  • nidge

    interesting that you call a man in his 40s a pervert for having sex with woman in her 20s. why is that a pervertion? they were both consenting adults, both in relationships and both aware of the repercussions. as for your other assertions, the are crass and not based on any facts.

  • Ezinne Nzewi
    Ezinne Nzewi

    still think something is off about the public apology made,kristen never talks about her personal life so not sure she was the one who actually issued that apology

  • Ezinne Nzewi
    Ezinne Nzewi

    her fans should be supporting her and if they boo her then they really aren't her fans.

  • mhey

    I got a bit emotional when she said "I would only hope that someone loved me, really loved me, would put their arm around me and lead me away to safety:...Hoping that Rob and Kristen will surpass this. Kristen paid the price for cheating Rob, she lost her career and love, meanwhile Rob got a better career and in time will find love, so let's not add more to Kristen's misery. She had enough...

  • Miss H
    Miss H

    Jodie is the power... i love Rob & Kris and i'll hold my breath till are togather again. Dont give up guys!

  • truthhurts

    Well this such a some self-absorbed narcisstic pity party of an essay. Somebody tell Jodie's azz that when kstew took her little rendezvous out on the streets of LA she put her own damn business out there for people to choose to criticize and/or judge and comment on. And how the hell is she going to blame the public or the media for taking someone's childhood? Jodie needs to take that complaint to kstews mama since its her mama who allowed her child to partake in an adult industry. AND the last time I checked a 22yr old was considered an adult. So, Jodie take your bitchin' somewhere else because no made her go effing around with a married man she worked with and next time tell your co-stars about the 'don't shit where you eat' rule

  • rob needs to be a man
    rob needs to be a man

    i so agree with you mike it is so sad that he loved her so much yet he throws the 3 yrs he had with her away as if he has no sins and did no wrong. he was the one in the interviews i watched that said when you truly love someone and they love you no matter what happens you can always get thru it together from each others strenghts i guess he was just lying to us all and made us fans look like fools. everyone deseves a 2nd chance in the eyes of god but he must feel as if he is better than god and for his friends and handlers and actress friends to sway him by their opinions and not let him make his own is so wrong they are to be there for support not tell him what to do also everyone that has ever had some one cheat on them they are all differnet never the same. this called her to meet him and he had this all planned he wanted revenge for her spurring him off at the premiers fans had pis and gifs of her telling him stop and no so him forcing himself on her in car startling her and then kissing her and fawning all over her outside of car you can tell she did not want that the so calle smile they saw was one that was forced

  • leeanne4cali

    I completely agree with what Jodie said. In this day and age of technology and mass communication - being in the spotlight can make or break anyone. I feel for Kristen, I really do and the people's reactions are making it worse. She kissed a married man, I get that. But, what I don't get is why the fascination with this has grown to galaxy sized proportions. My God, I know no one out there hasn't done something that they regret. The only difference is that you didn't have it plastered all over the world in newspaper, magazines, TV, twitter, facebook - should I keep going? Kristen has gotten so much hatred, threats, etc and the director - hell, Universal just bought another movie (90 Church) for him to direct. Where is the justice in this. Basically, the man gets a slap on the wrist, barely any heat from the "scandal", but a 22 year old young woman is basically ostracized and told she should die. What the hell is with you people? Please, for all the is good in this world, leave her alone. Let them figure this out on their own, without the interference from strangers. She's been through enough.

  • princess p
    princess p

    Very unfortunate that Kristen is the one mostly being judge in this entire situation. Her and Rob never talked about their relationship in public and I think Kristen should have kept it that way. I think because of the public apology it made it worse for her, unfortunately. I don't recall Brad and Angelina talking about their affair let alone issuing a public apology to Jennifer. Crap happens, we as people make mistakes, and have to live with the consequences. Give it time, another major shocker will be headlining the media and that scandal will be on the back burner.

  • whatever

    oh please. when you announced your 'momentary indiscretion' mistake & apologized to your bf publicly of course people will be on your hair all the time until new & more juicy gossip come along. If you quietly settle it with the said bf who you said you love so much, it probably won't be blown like this. every action has consequences, so deal with it. rme

  • Mike G.
    Mike G.

    Rob and Kristen should be left alone to sort things out. The media should not make it worse for them and their friends and "handlers" should just be supportive of whatever they decide on and not making it too much of a circus than it already is. Rob is being glorified in all these that happened but is he really without any "sin" that he could not forgive the love of his life. I guess it's so easy to throw 3 years together away because he and his people are liking that he is getting the movie offers while Kristen is getting all the heat. Shame on Rob and his "so-called friends and his people who really care" because they actually don't and are just in for the fame and money as well.

  • EL Dehghan
    EL Dehghan

    I wish they would leave her alone. She realized she made a mistake and apologized like a lady. She was caught on camera, God knows how many people cheat and get away with it.

  • liz

    Rob's no saint either. nor are his friends, handlers, and pr team. for his friends and people to tell him what to do with his personal life just so he will continue to have the fame and attention and for him to be free to bed others and more is just taking the low road on this. let those who have not committed any wrongdoing throw the first stone and do the judging. leave kristen alone!

  • Nicole

    I love how all these dumb people keep blaming it on her!! yes she made a mistake but she wasn't the one who took vows and is married!!! Not to mention she is only 22 and that old pervert was in his 40s!!! why is no one talking about him!! she is not the one who should be taking all the heat but somehow its always the woman who takes the heat!! that will never change!!! The only women who have a problem with her probably got cheated on, well maybe you need to take care of your man better then he won't be looking....sorry but its the truth

  • lv013

    I love Kristen Stewart and although we are where we are by the choices we make and we all know the difference between right and wrong I do believe that life is one big lesson where you never stop learning. Not only has she broken the heart of the guy she truly loves I think that it's the embarrasment and humiliation that she is finding hard to cope with. I don't think anything will prepare her for the boos and other negativity from her fans when she confronts them face to face. Kristen comes across as an out there, wild type of woman but behind all of this she really isn't that at all. I think that now she has been stripped to the core we see the real Krisen for the first time. Starting to come out in public will be so hard for her because there has been so much hate thrown her way. Whatever happened to supporting the ones you love in bad times? As hard as it has been for Rob to make public appearances it's easy when you have support and Kristen should be given the same chance as Rob . We are all human and we all make mistakes. In the public eye and because of the industry Kristen is in it is so unfair to keep shaming her. She needs to be given a chance to learn from her mistakes and move ahead just like a REAL person. What has happened to that disgusting married Director?, Why hasn't he been treated the same way?. He is even worse because he is twice Kristen's age. Where are his morals? If Rob and Kristen reunite they will become a much better and stonger couple and I do believe that they will be in it for the 'long-haul'. Their Friend From Oz.

  • Bridgette Livesforlove Kronenberger
    Bridgette Livesforlove Kronenberger

    I agree !! She is only human, she messed up, she apologized...and she is hurting...leave her alone and let her do what she needs to do, to fix the mess or move on..she is only human just like the rest of is sad, but it is life...we the people need to get out of her business and let her deal with all of this..I have faith in her..she will get thru this and learn from her mistake :)

  • Henny

    Kristen Stewart did certainly pay more than her pound of flesh for that fumble and all that malicious slander & hate is beyond me. The hate especially from woman towards her is appalling. "To all of you who are perfect, without sin and uber squeaky clean...raise your the rest of us: carry on

  • Valienska Anhar
    Valienska Anhar

    It must be really awful to be reminded of your mistakes, let alone having the whole world to know and have the whole world against you. Whatevers going on with this whole thing is only between them and everyone else should just get the fuck over it! Kristen already publicly apologized for the whole thing so WE as strangers to Kristen, Rob, the director guy and his family should just MOVE ON. It's not our problem, it's THEIRS. WE'VE got NOTHING to do with this.

  • Lorena Sanchez Villa
    Lorena Sanchez Villa

    I agree ... leave her alone she is only human like all of us...

  • newyork2430

    Foster is RIGHT. People like ^^Velentina Orlova need to give Kristen her PRIVACY. This was HER relationship. I agree she cheated, but do not agree that she should be displayed. Everyone's heartaches is their business. She did not ask anyone before she did this, so it was her choice and a decision she made. So we the people will never truly know the REAL reason. So everyone needs to take a chill pill :D

  • Valentina Orlova
    Valentina Orlova

    Oh please! Kristen has the means to disappear anywhere on the planet is she wanted until the dust settles. She's the one who "cheated" on her beloved with a man she knew was married and she's the one who issued and confirmed her actions in the press. There are consequences for one's actions and with her privileged life the price is high but no higher than those of us who have to put on a brave face and go to work everyday regardless of our heartaches...we truly are the actresses!