Born on April 9, 1990 in Los Angeles, California, Kristen Stewart is an actress best known for her roles in Panic room, Twilight, Catch That Kid, and Into the Wild. The daughter of a stage manager and producer and a scriptwriter, she attended school until she reached the seventh grade. After which, she just continued her schooling via correspondence.
Stewart said she was discovered when an agent saw her perform in her elementary school’s Christmas show. Her first role was a short, non-speaking character in the Disney television production called The Thirteenth Year. She then appeared in the independently produced The Safety of Objects, where she took on the role of a tomboy daughter of a troubled single mother. She also played the diabetic daughter of Jodie Foster’s character in the suspense thriller Panic Room, a role which earned her positive feedback.
Following Panic Room was another thriller called Cold Creek Manor, where she played the daughter of Dennis Quaid and Sharon Stone’s characters. This was followed by her first starring role, the action comedy Catch That Kid with Max Thieriot and Corbin Bleu. Her other screen credits include another thriller Undertow, and the television film Speak in 2004. Speak is her most critically acclaimed work, where she played high school freshman Melinda Sordino who closed u and stopped talking to anyone after being raped. She was lauded for bringing character into a role with so few speaking lines.
In 2005, Stewart landed a role in the fantasy-adventure feature Zathura as irresponsible older sister Lisa. The following year, she appeared as Maya in Fierce People and the supernatural thriller The Messengers. In 2007, Stewart landed the role of Isabella Swan in Twilight, based on Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling vampire novel of the same name. She reprised her role on the sequels - The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010).
Other roles of the actress include those in The Yellow Handkerchief (2009) and The Runaways (2010), where she portrayed the legendary Joan Jett. She is also known for her role in Adventureland (2009) alongside Jesse Eisenberg.
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Has an older brother named Cameron. They both live with their parents in the Los Angeles area.
Her father is John Stewart, a TV Producer who works at FOX TV. Currently co-producing "On-Air with Ryan Seacrest" (2004).
Shares her birthday, April 9, with actor Dennis Quaid who played her father in Cold Creek Manor (2003).
Born in Los Angeles, California and then spent some of her early years in Colorado and has moved back to Los Angeles where she currently resides with her parents.
Replaced Hayden Panettiere in Panic Room (2002).
Had to wear brown contact lenses for Twilight (2008/I) because she has naturally green eyes while Bella's eyes are supposed to be brown.
Nominated 3 consecutive years (2003-2005) for the Young Artist Award, but never won.
Her mother is a Script Supervisor, who hails from Australia.
Named The Movie Fanatic's Hottest Young Actress. (2008).
Wants to go to college to major in literature.
Has 3 dogs: Oz, a border collie mix, Jack and Lily who are mutts.
Her mother is Australian.
Her mother was born in Maroochydore, Queensland in Australia.
Reads novels by Charles Bukowski and Kurt Vonnegut.
Owns a cat named 'Jella'.
Favorite book is 'East of Eden' by John Steinbeck.
In her spare time she surfs and plays guitar.
Her favorite bands are U2, Radiohead, the Beatles, the Specials, Laura Marling, Green Day, Nirvana and Beck.
Currently dating actor Michael Angarano.
2010: BAFTA Awards - Rising Star Award
2010: MTV Movie Award - Best Female Performance for: New Moon (2009)
2010: MTV Movie Award - Best Kiss for: New Moon (2009). Shared with Robert Pattinson
2010: People's Choice Award - Favorite On-Screen Team for: Twilight (2008/I). Shared with Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson
2009: MTV Movie Award - Best Female Performance for: Twilight (2008/I)
2009: MTV Movie Award - Best Kiss for: Twilight (2008/I). Shared with Robert Pattinson
2009: Teen Choice Award - Choice Movie Actress: Drama for: Twilight (2008/I)
2009: Teen Choice Award - Choice Movie Liplock
for: Twilight (2008/I). Shared with Robert Pattinson
2009: New Moon - Bella Swan
2009: The Runaways - Joan Jett
2009: Welcome to the Rileys - Mallory
2009: Adventureland - Em
2008: Twilight - Bella Swan
2008: Jumper - Sophie
2008: What Just Happened - Zoe
2008: The Yellow Handkerchief - Martine
2007: Cutlass - Young Robin
2007: Into the Wild - Tracy Tatro
2007: The Cake Eaters - Georgia
2007: The Messengers - Jess
2007: In the Land of Women - Lucy Hardwicke
2005: Zathura: A Space Adventure - Lisa
2005: Fierce People - Maya
2004: Undertow - Lila
2004: Catch That Kid - Maddy
2004: Speak - Melinda Sordino
2003: Cold Creek Manor - Kristen Tilson
2002: Panic Room - Sarah Altman
2001: The Safety of Objects - Sam Jennings
On working on the film Panic Room (2002) with such a big name star as Jodie Foster: "When I got "Panic Room", I'm like, 'Oh my God that's huge! It's bigger than huge'. I was kind of freaked out at first".
(about her love for acting) I love it because I love to tell stories. I like being in movies that have a great story. I'm not so interested in being a Hollywood star. It's a job, you know. When you wake up at six in the morning every day for a week, it feels like hard work.
I don't want to make movies for kids, and I don't want to make movies for adults either.
Acting is such a personal thing, which is weird because at the same time it's not. It's for the consumption of other people. But in terms of creative outlets and expressing yourself, it's just the most extreme version of that that I've ever found. It's like running, it's exertion. When you reach that point where you can't go anymore and you stop and you take a breath, it's that same sort of clearing of the mind.