“If I were a young actor today I would quit before I started.”
That’s what Jodie Foster says in the wake of the Kristen-Stewart-cheated-on-Robert-Pattinson scandal and the way the media has dealt with it.
Foster, who began acting at the age of 3, has written an opinion piece for The Daily Beast called ‘Jodie Foster Blasts Kristen Stewart–Robert Pattinson Break-Up Spectacle’ in which she defends her former co-star (Jodie and Kristen starred in Panic Room in 2002 when Kristen was just 11) and offered some advice from one child actor to another.
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In Jodie Foster’s era, “you could still manage to reach for a star-powered career and have the authenticity of a private life”. But the kind of private life she was able to maintain no longer exists for stars like Kristen Stewart.
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?
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. Sarah Tobias would never have danced before her rapists in The Accused. Clarice would never have shared the awful screaming of the lambs to Dr. Lecter.
Another actress might surely have taken my place, opened her soul to create those characters, surrendered her vulnerabilities. But would she have survived the paparazzi peering into her windows, the online harassment, the public humiliations, without overdosing in a hotel room or sticking her face with needles until she became unrecognizable even to herself?