Kristen Stewart Flashback: The ‘Twilight’ Actress Talks Career Aspirations, Tomboy Image (VIDEO)

Celebuzz / August 18, 2012

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My, my, how the time flies.

Even then at 12 years old, Kristen Stewart was dead set on being herself while pursuing a serious acting career.

Footage of a young Stewart — then promoting the 2002 film Panic Room — recently surfaced on the web, and it looks like the Twilight actress hasn’t changed much since then.

“I like to surf. I like to skateboard,” Stewart said in the Access Hollywood interview, remaining faithful to her famous tomboy image. “I like hanging out with my friends.”

When asked to try on wetsuits during a shopping trip at a local surf shop, the modest teen quickly shot down the idea.

“No, no,” she said, crossing her arms. “That’ll be too tight.”

Stewart, who is now 22, has since starred in the highly successful Twilight franchise and wowed critics with her work in indie favorites such as On the Road and Into the Wild.

“I think if you want to get to the ultimate point of being the best that you can be, you have to be serious about what you do,” a young Stewart said in 2002.

Her Panic Room costar, Academy Award winner Jodie Foster, echoes her sentiments in a recent letter addressing the backlash Stewart received amid news that she had cheated on her boyfriend Robert Pattinson with 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 in the emotional essay. “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.”

“Eventually this all passes … You survive,” she concludes. “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.”