Kristen Stewart Biography

In 2008, actress Kristen Stewart landed the role of Bella Swan in the saga Twilight and the movies made her an instant star.

Who Is Kristen Stewart?

Actress Kristen Stewart was born on April 9, 1990, in Los Angeles, California. A talent scout discovered her while acting in a grade school Christmas play. Shortly after, she was cast in a Disney movie and has had steady work ever since. She starred with Jodie Foster in 2002's Panic Room and Dennis Quaid and Sharon Stone in 2003's Cold Creek Manor. Her most notable role, however, has been playing Bella in The Twilight Saga films from 2008 to 2012.

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Kristen Stewart attends 'An Evening with Kristen Stewart' during the 54th New York Film Festival at Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center on October 5, 2016 in New York City. (Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Early Life & Career

Kristen Jaymes Stewart was born on April 9, 1990, in Los Angeles, California. Her father John — a stage manager, producer and director — and mother Jules — a scriptwriter — immersed their daughter in the Hollywood scene at an early age. She made her first television appearance at the age of eight after her performance in a grade school Christmas play caught the eye of a talent scout. Shortly after, she landed a bit role on the Disney Channel TV movie, The Thirteenth Year (1999).


'Panic Room'

Two years later, Stewart landed a more substantial role in the independent film The Safety of Objects (2001). But the actress' big break didn't come until 2002, when she was cast as the lead in the blockbuster drama Panic Room, starring with film veterans Jodie Foster, Forest Whitaker and Jared Leto. Stewart's role as the diabetic, troubled teen caught the attention of critics, who praised her understated and solid performance. Fans also resonated with Stewart, and the film raked in a respectable $95 million at the box office.

'Cold Creek Manor'

Stewart next signed on to play the daughter of Dennis Quaid and Sharon Stone in another suspense drama, Cold Creek Manor (2003). Although Stewart and her co-stars turned out solid performances in the film, the plot was lambasted by reviewers and fans and performed poorly at the box office. Stewart followed up with two more low-performing films in the next year: the light-hearted teen film, Catch That Kid (2004), and the adventure film Undertow (2004) which, despite decent reviews, went almost straight to video.

'Into the Wild,' 'The Cake Eaters'

Stewart showed her versatility as a performer in the Showtime special feature, Speak (2005), about a teen who stops speaking after a sexual assault. That same year, she appeared in the sci-fi film Zathura, followed by the drama Fierce People (2006). After appearing in several more mild box-office successes, Stewart landed the role of a teenage commune dweller in the critically acclaimed biopic Into the Wild (2007). The role brought Stewart back to the spotlight, and that same year she landed in Mary Stuart Masterson's The Cake Eaters.

'Twilight' Saga, 'The Runaways'

The year 2008 was a big one for Stewart, who starred across Robert De Niro in the Hollywood satire What Just Happened? (2008), then landed the starring role across from teen heartthrob Robert Pattinson in the film version of the successful Stephenie Meyer book series, Twilight (2008). The novels, about a teen who falls in love with a charming vampire, already had a legion of fans. Soon Stewart became the romantic icon for thousands of teens, launching her to A-List actor status. In fact her popularity in the role overshadowed other projects in the works, including a starring part in the comedy Adventureland (2009), and her role in Welcome to the Rileys (2009), starring James Gandolfini.

Romance With Robert Pattinson

The Twilight Saga: New Moon came out in 2009, and it proved to be an even bigger hit than the first installment. The film earned more than $290 million at box office in the United States alone, and Stewart and her co-star Pattinson found themselves with an ever growing young fan base. There was also much media speculation about an off-screen relationship between the pair. In an attempt to break out of the Bella mold, Stewart played rocker Joan Jett in the 2010 biopic The Runaways with Dakota Fanning.

Three more Twilight films followed, ending with its finale in 2012. The last film, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, brought in more than $140 million in its opening weekend alone. In all, the Twilight movies earned more than $3 billion worldwide, according to the Box Office Mojo website.

'Snow White and the Huntsman'

The same year that the Twilight series concluded, Stewart enjoyed some box office success in another famous role. She portrayed the famed fairy tale heroine in Snow White and the Huntsman with Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron. The film, which transformed the Snow White character into a warrior of sorts, proved to be one of the summer's most popular hits.

Stewart, however, experienced a tremendous personal backlash later that year when it was revealed that she had been involved with the Snow White and the Huntsman's married director Rupert Sands. Stewart publicly apologized to her boyfriend and Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson about the indiscretion. Despite the mea culpa, the couple called it quits shortly thereafter.

While plans are in the works for Snow White and the Huntsman sequel, most reports indicate that a new director will be used for the project. Audiences embraced Stewart as one-half of a popular fiction power couple, but it remains unclear how far she can propel herself out of Twilight's shadow.

'Still Alice,' 'Cafe Society'

Still, Stewart has remained busy. In 2014 she appeared in three films: Camp X-Ray, Clouds of Sils Maria, and Still Alice. The following year she starred in the indie film Anesthesia and in American Ultra, opposite her former Adventureland costar Jesse Eisenberg. Stewart has also starred in Woody Allen's Cafe Society (2016) and the critically acclaimed Lizzie (2018), a biographical thriller of accused ax murderer Lizzie Borden.

Personal Life

After Stewart's famous coupling and split with Twilight co-star Rob Pattinson, she dated a string of women. Identifying as bisexual, she is currently dating model Stella Maxwell.

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