Apr. 9th, 1990
Los Angeles, California
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Though most famous for her role as Bella Swan in the Twilight saga, Kristen Stewart has been a working actor since her early years in Los Angeles, California. Her parents, John Stewart and Jules Mann-Stewart, both work in film and television. Her mother is Australian. The family includes three boys, her older brother Cameron Stewart, and two adopted brothers Dana and Taylor.
After a talent scout caught her grade school performance in a Christmas play at the age of eight, she appeared on television in a few small roles. Her first significant role came when she was cast as Sam Jennings in The Safety of Objects (2001). Soon after that, she starred alongside 'Jodie Foster' in the hit drama, Panic Room (2002) and was nominated for a Young Artist Award.
Praised for her Panic Room performance, she went on to join the cast of Cold Creek Manor (2003) as the daughter of 'Dennis Quaid' and 'Sharon Stone'. Though the film did not do well at the box office, she received another nomination for a Young Artist Award. After appearing in a handful of movies and a Showtime movie called Speak (2004), Stewart was cast in the role of a teenage singer living in a commune in Sean Penn's Into the Wild (2007), a critically acclaimed biopic. A third Young Artist Award nomination resulted in a win for this role. She also appeared in Mary Stuart Masterson's The Cake Eaters (2007) that same year.
Just 18, Stewart took on the starring role in Twilight (2008) opposite 'Robert Pattinson' who plays the vampire lead, Edward Cullen. Based on a series of the same name written by 'Stephenie Meyer', the novel already had a huge following and the film opened to fans anxious to see the vampire romance brought to life. Awarded the MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance, Stewart's turn as Bella continued in the sequels New Moon (2009) and Eclipse (2010/I). The final installments of the series start filming in late 2010.
Rocketed into stardom with the Twilight films, Stewart has continually shrunk from the spotlight. She's also taken on a number of indie projects such as Adventureland (2009) (filmed prior to the Twilight series) and Welcome to the Rileys (2010). And she took on the daunting task of playing rocker Joan Jett in Floria Sigismondi's The Runaways (2010) alongside 'Dakota Fanning'. Though most critics heaped praised on Fanning for her poignant performance as Cherie Currie, Stewart also received praise for her acting and musical performances.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 was released on November 18, 2011. Though the film received negative reviews, Stewart's performance was praised. Gabriel Chong called Stewart's performance "mesmerising" and said that she "makes Bella's every emotion keenly felt that runs the gamut from joy, trepidation, anxiety, distress and above all quiet and resolute determination" and The Village Voice's Dan Konis saying Stewart "beautifully underplays" the role. Some critics found Pattinson and Stewart's chemistry lacking and said that the relationship came off like a "charade" onscreen or that none of the three leads was convincing in their roles. She concluded the role in the finale The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 in November 2012.
On June 1, 2012, Stewart starred as Snow White in the film Snow White and the Huntsman. Stewart appears as Mary Lou in On the Road, the film adaption of Jack Kerouac's cult classic novel of the same name.
Stewart will play the muse Delphi in the upcoming The Big Shoe which will be directed by Steven Shainberg and has also been cast alongside Jesse Eisenberg in American Ultra. She will also co-star along with Nicholas Hoult in Drake Doremus' futuristic love story Equals.
In June 2013, Stewart replaced Mia Wasikowska for the film Clouds of Sils Maria also starring Juliette Binoche and Chloë Grace Moretz and will also star in Camp X-Ray, portraying the role of a young soldier stationed at Guantanamo Bay with Lane Garrison. She also joined the cast of Tim Blake Nelson's Anesthesia, an ensemble about group of New Yorkers.
Stewart continues to live in Los Angeles, California.