Actress Jodie Foster is the first to admit that the media culture has changed a whole lot since she landed her first acting gig in the mid-1960s, at age three. So much so that she likes to remind people that if she were a youngster today, she would be steering clear of the acting profession.
That’s just one of the declarations made by Foster in a thought-provoking Daily Beast op ed about the current coverage of Kristen Stewart’s personal troubles. She says that even though she hit her apex before the advent of TMZ, Twitter and anonymous character assassination, she had to learn how “to submerge beneath the foul air and breathe through a straw.” Foster also recalls a prescient conversation during the making of Panic Room, a thriller in which Stewart co-starred:
Her mother and I watched Kristen jump around after the basketball, hooting with every [production] 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.
In the absence of that turn-of-the-millennium career change, Foster counsels that Stewart’s best defense against the never-ending take-downs may well be to physically work it out. Read the full piece here.