Jodie Foster defends Kristen Stewart, blasts media culture (VIDEO)

Kristen Stewart accepts the Best Movie award from Jodie Foster during the 2012 MTV Movie Awards at the Gibson Amphitheatre on June 3 in Universal City, California.

Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster has defended her “Panic Room” co-star Kristen Stewart, whose face has been splashed across celebrity gossip magazines since the story of her affair with “Snow White and the Huntsman” director Rupert Sanders broke last month.

In a column published in the Daily Beast today, Foster criticized the relentless scrutiny of actors’ lives and questioned whether she would survive in the current media environment.

"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?" Foster said.

"Would I drown myself in drugs, sex, and parties? Would I be lost?"

Foster, who has been in the film industry since the age of three, said if she were a young actor today she would “quit before I started,” Access Hollywood reported, citing the blog.

“If I had to grow up in this media culture, I don't think I could survive it emotionally," Foster said. 

Stewart, 23, has been paying a heavy price for her fling with the married Sanders while she was dating her “Twilight” series co-star Robert Pattinson.

Pattinson moved out of the Californian mansion they shared after the scandal broke and Stewart was reportedly dropped from the "Snow White and the Huntsman" sequel.

The Los Angeles Times reported today, however, that Universal has insisted that plans for a second movie are afoot and Stewart’s Snow White “could still be a character in that film.”

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