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By Arienne Thompson, USA TODAY
(USA TODAY) - Kristen Stewart fans may have forgotten that the Twilight actress starred opposite Jodie Foster in the 2002 thriller Panic Room, but Foster's impassioned essay about the ills of Hollywood should be a vibrant reminder.
In her piece, which she wrote for The Daily Beast, Foster recalls the close bond she forged while filming with a then-11-year-old Stewart, who played her daughter in the film.
"In 2001 I spent 5 months with Kristen Stewart on the set of Panic Room mostly holed up in a space the size of a Manhattan closet. We talked and laughed for hours, sharing spontaneous mysteries and venting our boredom. I grew to love that kid."
Her love for "that kid" has endured through the years, so much so that Foster vehemently scolds gossip-hungry fans, paparazzi and the celebrity media, unleashing on them in the essay for building up and tearing down stars. (Stewart, 22, who's dating her Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson, 26, is currently embroiled in a scandal after being caught kissing her married Snow White director Rupert Sanders, 41.)
She writes candidly:
"We've all seen the headlines at the check-out counter. 'Kristen Stewart Caught.' We've all thumbed the glossy pages here and there. 'Kris and Rob a couple?' We all catch the snaps. 'I like that dress. I hate the hair. Cute couple. Bad shoes.' There's no guilt in acknowledging the human interest in public linens. It's as old as the hills. Lift up beautiful young people like gods and then pull them down to earth to gaze at their seams. See, they're just like us. But we seldom consider the childhoods we unknowingly destroy in the process."
Foster, 49, goes on questioning whether she would survive as a young actress in this era of paparazzi and social media and TMZ, asking, "Would I drown myself in drugs, sex, and parties? Would I be lost?"
She then shares some of her memories of Stewart, including a possible reference to a home video of the actress as a young girl, full of happiness. Foster juxtaposes that image with the current public persona of Stewart as a sullen, awkward, unsmiling young star.
"A beautiful young woman strides down the sidewalk alone, head down, hands drawn into fists. She's walking fast, darting around huge men with black cameras thrusting at her mouth and chest. 'Kristen, how do you feel?' 'Smile Kris!' 'Hey, hey, did you get her?' 'I got her. I got her!' The young woman doesn't cry. (Expletive) no. She doesn't look up. She's learned. She keeps her head down, her shades on, fists in her pockets. Don't speak. Don't look. Don't cry."