Jodie Foster feels sorry for Lindsay Lohan, praises Abigail Breslin


At 14, Jodie Foster was nominated for a supporting actress Oscar for playing a child prostitute in ''Taxi Driver." So she definitely knows a little bit about growing up in the limelight.

What does she think about today's troubled young actresses such as Lindsay Lohan and Mischa Barton? And what advice did she give her "Nim's Island" costar, Abigail Breslin, who turns 13 this month?

"Abigail doesn't need any advice from me on life as an actress. She's got great parents, a great head on her shoulders and she's already made a lot of movies at this point, probably as many -- or more than -- than I did at her age," Jodie said at Sunday night's "Island" premiere at Grauman's Chinese in Hollywood.

"There have actually been some good examples from excellent actresses -- like Natalie Portman and Claire Danes -- who made a wonderful transition from kids into well-adjusted young people with full lives."

"But it's tough to be an adolescent no matter who you are or what you do. Being 13 or 14 is murder, especially if you're in front of the public eye," Foster said. "I wouldn't do it again for anything!"

Photo: Jodie with her "Nim's Island" compatriots Abigail Breslin and Gerard Butler at the movie's premiere.