Kristin Stewart

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Kristen Stewart

Stewart at The Twilight Saga: New Moon Photocall at the Crillon Hotel in Paris, France
Born Kristen Jaymes Stewart
April 9, 1990 (1990-04-09) (age 20)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present
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Kristen Jaymes Stewart (born April 9, 1990) is an American actress. She is best known for playing Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga. She has also starred in films such as Panic Room (2002), Zathura (2005), In the Land of Women (2007), The Messengers (2007), Adventureland (2009) and The Runaways (2010).

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Early life

Kristen Stewart was born and raised in Los Angeles.[1][2][3] Her father, John Stewart, is a stage manager and television producer who has worked for Fox.[4] Her mother, Jules Mann-Stewart, is a script supervisor originally from Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia.[3][5][6][7] She has an older brother, Cameron Stewart.[8] Stewart attended school until the seventh grade, and then continued her education by correspondence.[3] She has since completed high school.[9]

Career

Her whole family (Mom, Dad, and three older brothers) all worked behind the camera, and Stewart thought she would become a writer/director, but never considered being an actor. “I never wanted to be the center of attention–I wasn’t that ‘I want to be famous, I want to be an actor’ kid. I never sought out acting, but I always practiced my autograph because I love pens. I’d write my name on everything.”[10] Stewart’s acting career began at the age of eight, after an agent saw her perform in her elementary school’s Christmas play.[11] After a year of auditioning, Stewart’s first role was a nonspeaking part in the film The Thirteenth Year.[4] Then, she had another part in the film The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas as the “ring toss girl”.[4] She subsequently appeared in the independent film The Safety of Objects, in which she played the tomboy daughter of a troubled single mother (Patricia Clarkson). Stewart had a major role in the Hollywood film Panic Room, playing the diabetic daughter of a divorced mother (Jodie Foster). The film received generally positive reviews, and Stewart garnered positive notices for her performance. She was nominated for a Young Artist Award for her performance.[12]

After Panic Room’s success, Stewart was cast in another thriller, Cold Creek Manor, playing the daughter of Dennis Quaid‘s and Sharon Stone‘s characters; the film generally failed at the box office. She was again nominated for a Young Artist Award for her performance.[12] It was revealed that at about this time in her career, she had to be homeschooled due to her irregular schedule, which was affecting her grades. She said, “I started homeschooling because my teachers were failing me. I think it was just resentment–I made more work for them. But homeschooling is great; you can study what you want, which allows you to get more excited about what you’re doing”.[12]

Her first starring role followed, in the children’s action-comedy Catch That Kid, opposite Max Thieriot and Corbin Bleu. Stewart also played the role of Lila in the thriller Undertow. To date, Stewart’s most critically acclaimed role may be in the Showtime television film Speak (2004), based on the novel by Laurie Halse Anderson. Stewart, 13 at the time of filming, played high school freshman Melinda Sordino, who stops almost all verbal contact after being raped and who deals with enormous amounts of emotional turmoil. Stewart received great praise for playing the character, who had only a few speaking lines, but kept up a dark-witted commentary inside her head throughout the film.

Kristen Stewart in Hollywood, 2007

In 2005, Stewart appeared in the fantasy-adventure film Zathura, playing the role of Lisa, the irresponsible older sister of two little boys, who turn their house into a spacecraft hurtling uncontrollably in outer space by playing a board game. The film received praise by critics, but Stewart’s performance did not garner much media attention, as it was noted that her character is immobilized during most of the film.[13] The following year, she played the character Maya in Fierce People, directed by Griffin Dunne. After that film, she received the lead role of Jess Solomon in the supernatural thriller film The Messengers.

In 2007, Stewart appeared as teenager Lucy Hardwicke in In the Land of Women, a romantic drama starring Meg Ryan and The O.C. star Adam Brody. The film, as well as Stewart’s performance, received mixed reviews. That same year, Stewart appeared in Sean Penn‘s critically acclaimed adaptation film Into the Wild. For her portrayal of Tracy—a teenage singer who has a crush on young adventurer Christopher McCandless—Stewart received generally positive reviews. Salon.com considered her work a “sturdy, sensitive performance”,[14] and the Chicago Tribune noted that she did “vividly well with a sketch of a role.”[15] Her performance was not without detractors, however; Variety‘s critic Dennis Harvey wrote, “It’s unclear whether Stewart means to be playing hippie-chick Tracy as vapid, or whether it just comes off that way.”[16] After Into the Wild, Stewart had a cameo appearance in Jumper and also appeared in What Just Happened, which was released in October 2008.[17] She also co-stars in The Cake Eaters an independent film that has only been screened at film festivals.

On November 16, 2007, Summit Entertainment announced that Stewart would play Isabella “Bella” Swan in the film Twilight, based on Stephenie Meyer‘s bestselling vampire romance novel of the same name.[18] Stewart was on the set of Adventureland when director Catherine Hardwicke visited her for an informal screen test which “captivated” the director.[19] She stars alongside Robert Pattinson, who plays Edward Cullen, her character’s vampire boyfriend. The film began production in February 2008 and finished filming in May 2008. Twilight was released domestically on November 21, 2008.[20] After the release of Twilight, Kristen Stewart was awarded the MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance for her portrayal as Bella Swan. Stewart reappeared as Bella in the sequel, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, and reprised this role in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

Stewart has been nominated and presented with the BAFTA Rising Star award.[21] At the 2010 82nd Annual Academy Awards, Stewart and Twilight co-star Taylor Lautner presented a tribute in honour of the horror movie genre.[22]

In 2009, Stewart starred in The Yellow Handkerchief, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and was released into theaters in 2010 by Samuel Goldwyn Films. She also starred alongside James Gandolfini in Welcome to the Rileys, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2010.

Stewart most recently portrayed legendary rock star Joan Jett in The Runaways, a biopic of the titular band from writer-director Floria Sigismondi.[23] Stewart met with Jett over the 2008–2009 New Year to prepare for the role, and ended up prerecording songs in a studio for the film.[24] She received nearly unanimous praise for her performance. Josh Tyler of Cinema Blend pronounced her to be “a modern day James Dean. She gives the kind of performance in The Runaways that hasn’t been seen on screen since his death. The Runaways is her Rebel Without a Cause … she’s absolutely brilliant as Joan Jett.”[25] The Metro Times wrote, “It turns out that Stewart is actually really good at capturing Jett’s icy, tough-but-cool girl swagger, adding the needed touches of vulnerability that transform it into a pretty terrific performance… Stewart is a genuine rock star here.”[26] Also, A.O. Scott of The New York Times noted “Ms. Stewart, watchful and unassuming, gives the movie its spine and soul.”[27]

Stewart will star in a film called K-11 with Jason Mewes.[5] The film, which is being directed by Stewart’s mother, takes place in a dorm of the Los Angeles County Jail, and will feature Stewart as a male character.[5][28] She has also been cast in the role of Mary Lou in an upcoming film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s cult classic novel On the Road. Shooting is scheduled to begin in August 2010.[29]

Personal life

Stewart currently lives in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles. Stewart has expressed a desire to live and work in Australia, saying, “I want to go to Sydney University in Australia. My mom’s from there.”[30] Apart from acting, she is also interested in attending college in the near future, saying, “I want to go to college for literature. I want to be a writer. I mean, I love what I do, but it’s not all I want to do—be a professional liar for the rest of my life.”[31] In Vanity Fair, Stewart admitted that she dated Michael Angarano, her co-star from Speak.[32]

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1999 The Thirteenth Year Girl waiting for drink[33] Uncredited (film debut)
2000 The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas Ring toss girl[34] Uncredited
2001 The Safety of Objects Sam Jennings Limited release
2002 Panic Room Sarah Altman
2003 Cold Creek Manor Kristen Tilson
2004 Speak Melinda Sordino
Catch That Kid Maddy
Undertow Lila
2005 Fierce People Maya Osbourne Limited release
Zathura Lisa
2007 The Messengers Jessica “Jess” Solomon
In the Land of Women Lucy Hardwicke
The Cake Eaters Georgia Limited release
Into the Wild Tracy Tatro
Cutlass Young Robin Short film
2008 Jumper Sophie Cameo
What Just Happened Zoe
Twilight Bella Swan
2009 Adventureland Emily “Em” Lewin
The Twilight Saga: New Moon Bella Swan
2010 The Yellow Handkerchief Martine Limited Release
The Runaways Joan Jett
Welcome to the Rileys Mallory
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Bella Swan

Awards and nominations

Year Work Award Category Result Notes
2002 Panic Room Young Artist Awards Best performance in a feature film- Leading Young Actress Nominated
2003 Cold Creek Manor Best performance in a feature film- Supporting Young Actress Nominated
2004 Undertow Nominated
2007 Into the Wild Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture Nominated Entire Cast
2008 Twilight MTV Movie Awards Best Female Performance Won
Best Kiss Won Shared with Robert Pattinson
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress Drama Won
Choice Movie Liplock Won Shared with Robert Pattinson
Scream Awards Best Fantasy Actress Won
Best Ensemble Cast Nominated
People’s Choice Awards Favourite On-Screen Team Won Shared with Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner
Favourite Movie Actress Nominated
2009 Adventureland Gotham Awards Best Ensemble cast Nominated Entire cast
The Twilight Saga: New Moon BAFTA Awards Rising Star Award Won
Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards Cutest Couple Won Shared with Taylor Lautner
Nominated Shared with Robert Pattinson
MTV Movie Awards Best Female Performance Won
Best Kiss Won Shared with Robert Pattinson
Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Screen Couple Nominated
Nominated Shared with Taylor Lautner
Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actress Fantasy Won
2010 The Runaways Choice Movie Actress Drama Nominated
MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss Nominated Shared with Dakota Fanning