08/15/2012 01:09 pm ET Updated Aug 16, 2012

Jodie Foster Defends Kristen Stewart, Calls Fame 'Life Lived As A Moving Target'

Of all the reports that have come out of Kristen Stewart's cheating scandal, there's one that's likely true: Jodie Foster has indeed been a shoulder for her to cry on.

The Oscar-winning actress and former child star penned an article for The Daily Beast in which she defends Stewart and blasts the media for its endless scrutiny of the actress since she admitted to her affair with married director Rupert Sanders.

"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," Foster writes, adding that we "seldom consider the childhoods we unknowingly destroy in the process."

Foster, 49, points out that she's been in show business since she was 3 years old and has "no memories of a childhood outside the public eye," and she has "neurotically adapted to the gladiator sport of celebrity culture, the cruelty of a life lived as a moving target."

Later she claims that if she were a young actor today she would quit before she started, as she doesn't think she could survive it emotionally. She doubts she would have survived today's "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."

Foster and Stewart became close after working on the 2001 movie "Panic Room" playing mother and daughter, and Foster has often spoken about their friendship. At Comic-Con in July, Foster told Us Weekly:

"I'm proud of [Kristen]. I feel like she's my daughter too!" she told the magazine, adding, "She's doing great. I just saw 'Snow White and the Huntsman,' which I thought was extraordinary and I thought she was absolutely brilliant in."

Foster writes that she recalls the five months she spent with Stewart while filming "Panic Room" and remembers a child "unconscious of the camera, of course, in her own world..." and "perfect," before going on to explain how much damage the paparazzi and "gladiator sport of celebrity culture" has caused Stewart:

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. Fuck 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.

Foster ends her article with what seems like a message to Stewart, advising her to trust less, calculate her steps and survive -- "That is the ultimate F.U." she writes.

For more, click over to The Daily Beast.

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