Kristen Jaymes Stewart was born April 9, 1990 and is an American actress and director.
Born and raised in Los Angeles to an American father and Australian mother, both of whom worked in show business, Stewart began her career as a child actress in 1999. She gained notice in 2002 for playing the daughter of Jodie Foster’s character in the thriller Panic Room. She subsequently starred in Speak (2004), Catch That Kid (2004), Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005), and Into the Wild (2007).
After starring in the fantasy film Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), Stewart eschewed parts in big-budget films in favour of independent productions for the next few years. She took on roles in the dramas Camp X-Ray and Still Alice (both 2014), and the science fiction romance Equals (2016). In 2015, she received critical acclaim for her role opposite Juliette Binoche in Olivier Assayas’s French film Clouds of Sils Maria, for which she won the César Award for Best Supporting Actress. Stewart reunited with Assayas the following year in the supernatural thriller Personal Shopper (2016) and made her directorial debut with the 2017 short film Come Swim.
Her American father, John Stewart, is a stage manager and television producer who has worked for Fox and on the Comedy Central show @midnight. Her Australian mother, Jules Mann-Stewart, is originally from Maroochydore, Queensland. She is a script supervisor and also directed the 2012 film K-11. Stewart has an older brother, Cameron B. Stewart, and two adopted brothers, Dana and Taylor. Stewart attended local schools until the seventh grade. As she became more involved in acting, she continued her education by distance until completing high school.
As she grew up with a family who worked behind the camera, Stewart thought she would become a screenwriter/director, but never considered being an actor.
She began acting at 8, after an agent saw her perform in her elementary school’s Christmas play. After auditioning for a year, Stewart gained her first role with a small, nonspeaking part in the Disney Channel television film The Thirteenth Year. Her next film was The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, where she played the “ring toss girl”. She also appeared in the independent film The Safety of Objects (2001), as the tomboy daughter of a troubled single mother (Patricia Clarkson).
On November 16, 2007, Summit Entertainment announced that Stewart would play main character Isabella “Bella” Swan in the film Twilight, based on Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling vampire romance novel of the same name. Stewart was on the set of Adventureland when director Catherine Hardwicke visited her for an informal screen test, which “captivated” the director. She starred alongside Robert Pattinson, who plays Edward Cullen, her vampire boyfriend. The film began production in February 2008 and finished filming in May 2008.
She also starred alongside James Gandolfini in Welcome to the Rileys.
She is bisexual; she signed her Breaking Dawn Part 2 dress and gave it to a CharityBuzz auction benefiting the Robin Hood Foundation’s Sandy Relief Fund, which provides long-term support to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. In 2013, she reportedly raised $500,000 for the Sandy relief effort by meeting with an unnamed “Middle Eastern Prince” for 15 minutes.
Stewart is the brand ambassador of Chanel and Balenciaga fashion brands.