A former child star who played Kristen Stewart's mother in a movie 10 years ago defended the "Twilight" actress this week, claiming it isn't so easy to grow up rich and famous.
Jodie Foster lashed out at the media, which hypes young stars, invades their privacy and then hounds them mercilessly when they make mistakes. "Lift up beautiful young people like gods and then pull them down to earth to gaze at their seams," she wrote in the Daily Beast. "But we seldom consider the childhoods we unknowingly destroy in the process."
Foster, who co-starred with Stewart in 2002's "The Panic Room," may have painted too bleak a picture of the plight of child stars.
For every Lindsay Lohan who bounces from rehab to jail there is a Natalie Portman who gets a Harvard education, wins an Oscar, gets married and has a baby (though not necessarily in that order).
The "Freaky Friday" actress was weighing in on Stewart's recent scandal in which she had an affair with married man Rupert Sanders, the father of two children, and betrayed her popular boyfriend Rob Pattinson.
Despite her success as an actress, director and producer, Foster -- who herself graduated from Yale -- claims she might have quit show business had she been starting out today.
"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 wrote.
Feeling sorry for Stewart stretches the credulity of many Hollywood watchers who shake their heads at stars who command big salaries and then condemn the public for paying attention to them. Many lower paid actors could have played the parts of Bella and Snow White as competently as the 22-year-old, but it was her fame that guaranteed box office success.
Perhaps the best role model for Stewart, Lohan and others to follow is Ron Howard, who overcame the alleged disadvantage of playing Opie Taylor and Richie Cunningham as a child star. The young actor parlayed his name recognition into a career as one of Hollywood's most successful directors with hit movies such as "Splash," "Parenthood," "Apollo 13," "A Beautiful Mind" and "The Da Vinci Code."
The "Happy Days" alum seemed to disagree with Foster's complaints about the media. He told "Access Hollywood" that people should not strive for stardom if they can't accept the high "level of scrutiny" that comes along with fame and glory, whether it's in Hollywood, sports or politics.
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