Jodie Foster Defends Kristen Stewart: If I Were A Young Actor Today, I’d ‘Quit Before I Started’

Jodie Foster is coming to the defense of Kristen Stewart in the wake of her cheating scandal.

In a blog written for The Daily Beast, Jodie — who starred alongside a young Kristen in 2002‘s “Panic Room” — stood up for the “Twilight Saga” star, blasting the media for scrutinizing her every move since she publicly apologized for having a fling with married director Rupert Sanders.

“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?” Jodie wrote in the blog posted on Wednesday, after chastising the tabloid-devouring public for “unknowingly” destroying “childhoods.” “Would I drown myself in drugs, sex, and parties? Would I be lost?”

Jodie, who has been in the industry since the age of 3, said she wouldn’t be able to endure film career in this day and age.

“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,” the Academy Award-winning actress wrote. “I would only hope that someone who loved me, really loved me, would put their arm around me and lead me away to safety.”

The recent criticism of Kristen has hit close to home for Jodie, who recently told Access Hollywood she thinks of the 22-year-old as one of her own children.

“I just saw ‘Snow White and the Huntsman,’ which I thought was extraordinary and I thought [Kristen] was absolutely brilliant in,” Jodie told Access at Comic-Con 2012 last month, while promoting her new film, “Elysium.” “I’m proud of her. I feel like she’s my daughter too!”

-- Erin O’Sullivan

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