Birth Name: Kristen Jaymes Stewart
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Date of Birth: April 9, 1990
Father: John Stewart
Mother: Jules Mann-Stewart
|001. Biography (below)
002. Career Files
003. IMDB Profile
Kristen Jaymes Stewart was born on April 9, 1990 in Los Angeles, California to her parents Jules Mann and John Stewart. Her mother is Australian and a script supervisor and film director, who was adopted by a Jewish couple in California in 1953. Her father is of English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry and is a stage manager and a television producer. Kristen has an older brother, Cameron, along with two adopted brothers, Dana and Taylor. Growing up, her family lived in both Colorado and Pennsylvania before returning to Los Angeles when Kristen was 8 years old. When she returned to LA, she was enrolled in local schools until the seventh grade when she became more involved with acting, which she began studying on sets until she graduated high school. Kristen began her acting at the age of eight when she was performing in her elementary school’s Christmas play, where an agent discovered her.
She began her professional career in 1999 with an uncredited non-speaking role in the Disney Channel Original Movie The Thirteenth Year as the Girl in Fountain Line. She would next have an uncredited role as the Ring Toss Girl in The Flinstones in Viva Rock Vegas, which starred Kristen Johnston and Halle Berry. 2001 brought Kristen her first credited role as Sam Jennings in The Safety of Objects, which starred Glenn Close and Dermot Mulroney. She also has a soundtrack credit for the song “Relapse” in the film as well. Her next film, Panic Room earned her a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress for her performance as Sarah Altman, the diabetic daughter of Jodie Foster’s character Meg. The film follows Meg and Sarah must take refuge in their newly-purchased house’s safe room, when three men break-in, searching for a missing fortune. The following year, Kristen played the role of Kristen Tilson in the mystery thriller Cold Creek Manor, which starred Dennis Quaid, Sharon Stone, and Juliette Lewis. Her performance in the film earned her yet another Young Artist Award nomination, this time for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress. 2004 gave us our first look at Kristen as a leading actress, first in the drama Speak, based on the novel by Laurie Halse Anderson. The film follows Melinda, who enters high school being alienated by her friends and fellow students after events at an end-of-summer party. She next played Maddy, alongside Max Thieriot and Corbin Bleu in the action comedy Catch That Kid, closely followed by the dramatic thriller Undertow, where she portrayed Lila and starred Jamie Bell and Josh Lucas.
Kristen would next play Maya in the dramatic thriller Fierce People alongside Diane Lane, Donald Sutherland, and Chris Evans. Later that year, she would join Josh Hutcherson in Jon Favreau’s action adventure film Zathura: A Space Adventure, where she portrayed Lisa. After appearing in Fierce People Kristen was offered the role of Jess Solomon in The Messengers, a horror following an ominous darkness invades a seemingly serene sunflower farm in North Dakota, and the Solomon family is torn apart by suspicion, mayhem and murder. She would next appear as Lucy Hardwicke in In the Land of Women, a romantic drama starring Meg Ryan and Adam Brody. She continued to star in The Cake Eaters as Georgia Kaminski, a romantic comedy following two families who are brought together by the return of one family’s son. Kristen also had a small role in Into the Wild as Tracy Tatro, a teenage singer who has a crush on the young adventurer, played by Emile Hirsch. She would also appear in the short film Cutlass, writhed and directed by Kate Hudson, and starred Virgina Madsen, Dakota Fanning, and Kurt Russell. 2008 gave Kristen roles such as Martine in The Yellow Handkerchief, Zoe in What Just Happened, and an appearance at the end of Hayden Christensen’s sci-fi film Jumper as his half-sister before being thrusted into the spotlight. The year ended with Kristen starring as Bella Swan in Twilight, based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer. The film grossed over $408 million worldwide against at $37 million budget. Kristen earned MTV Movie Awards for Best Female Performance and Best Kiss with Robert Pattinson, along with Best Fantasy Actress at the Scream Awards, a Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Drama and Choice Movie Liplock with Robert Pattinson. She would last have an uncredited role as the announcer in an episode of “The Sarah Silverman Program.”. The next year, she starred alongside Jesse Eisenberg and Ryan Reynolds in Greg Mottola’s Adventureland as Em Lewin. The film received a Gotham Awards nominations for Best Ensemble Performance and Kristen received positive reviews for her performance, notably by Kenneth Turan of the LA Times stating she was “beautiful, enigmatic and very experienced” as well as James Rocchi noting “Stewart’s vulnerable, spooky power is used to nice effect.” Kristen reprised her role as Bella in New Moon, the second film of five in the franchise. The film grossed over $711 million worldwide at the box office. She won a slew of awards including a Kids’ Choice Award for Cutest Couple with Taylor Lautner, Best Female Performance at the MTV Movie Awards, as well as Best Kiss with Robert Pattinson.
2010 started with Welcome to the Rileys, a drama following a damaged man seeks salvation by caring for a wayward young woman on a trip to New Orleans, where Kristen played the role of Mallory opposite James Gandolfini. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and also played at the Milano International Film Festival, where she won the award for Best Actress. When preparing for her part, Kristen decided to learn how to pole dance, deprived herself of sleep and ate junk food which resulted in looking pale, blemished, and legs covered with bruises. She won the BAFTA Rising Star Award at the 2010 ceremony. Next came stepping into the titular role of Joan Jett in The Runaways opposite Dakota Fanning. Kristen met with Joan and spent quite a bit of time with her to learn her attitude and mannerisms as well as prerecorded songs in the studio. A. O. Scott of The New York Times noted “Ms. Stewart, watchful and unassuming, gives the movie its spine and soul.” At the end of the year, she returned for the third installment of The Twilight Saga for Eclipse, which grossed almost $700 million worldwide; followed by Breaking Dawn – Part 1 in 2011. Kristen would also be featured in Marcus Foster’s music video for “I Was Broken”. In January 2012, she became the face of the newest Balenciaga perfume, “Florabotanica”. She would next star as Snow White in the dark tale of Snow White and The Huntsman, which also starred Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, and Sam Claflin. Her performance won her the Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Female Butt Kicker and a Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer Movie Star: Female. On the Road came next, which is a romantic drama following Sal Paradise, Dean Moriarty, and Marylou as they travel across the country. Kristen played Marylou and LuAnne Henderson alongside Garrett Hedlund and Amy Adams. The final Twilight film Breaking Dawn – Part 2 would be released, ending Kristen’s relationship with Bella Swan with a worldwide box office gross of $829 million. She would lastly voice Ray’s Secretary for the drama K-11, which was co-written and directed by her mother, Jules.
2014 began with the premiere of Camp X-Ray and the Sundance Film Festival. Kristen played the role of Cole, a soldier stationed at Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Her performance received raving reviews, including David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter calling it “her best screen work to date [playing the role of] an inexperienced military guard”. She earned a Best Actress nomination at the women Film Critics Circle Awards that year. Next came the drama Clouds oof Sils Maria, where she portrayed Valentine opposite Juliette Binoche and Chloë Grace Moretz. Kristen earned Best Supporting Actress awards at the Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards, Boston Online Film Critics Association Awards, Boston Society of Film Critics Awards, and at the César Awards, among many others. Kristen made her directional debut by directing the music video “Take Me to the South” by Sage + the Saints. She ended up being the first American actress to receive a César nomination in thirty years and only the second American winner, after Adrian Brody. Kristen would also star opposite Julianne Moore and Alec Baldwin in Still Alice, a drama about a linguistics professor and her family find their bonds tested when she is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. She earned a Teen Choice Award nomination for Choice Movie Actress: Drama, along with Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the Awards Circuit Community Awards. She would also appear in Jenny Lewis’ music video for the song “Just One oof the Guys” as well as starring alongside Reese Witherspoon, Benedict Cumberbatch and Steve Carell in the short film 9 Kisses followed by the short film Once and Forever the next year. The next year, she starred in Anesthesia as Sophie followed by starring opposite Jesse Eisenberg in the comedy American Ultra as Phoebe Larson. Kristen next starred alongside Nicholas Hoult in the sci-fi romance Equals as Nia. The film follows two people who fall in love when they regain their feelings from a mysterious disease, causing tensions between them and their society in an emotionless utopia. 2016 brought Kristen together with Michelle Williams and Laura Dern for Certain Women, where she played Elizabeth Travis. The drama follows three women whose lives intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail. Next came the Woody Allen romantic comedy Café Society, which follows a Bronx native in the 1930s moves to Hollywood and falls in love with a young woman who is seeing a married man. Kristen portrayed Vonnie, and the film also starred Jesse Eisenberg, Steve Carell, and Blake Lively. Kristen starred as Maureen in Personal Shopper, a mystery thriller following Maureen refusing to leave Paris until she makes contact with her twin brother who had previously died there. She earned Best Actress awards at the International Online Cinema Awards and the Oaxaca FilmFest, along with countless other Best Actress nominations for her performance. She played Kathryn in the war drama Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, starring Garrett Hedlund and Joe Alwyn. She became the youngest actress to be an honoree at the New York Film Festival and she was also an honoree at Elle’s Women in Hollywood Awards alongside Amy Adams, Anna Kendrick, Helen Mirren, Felicity Jones, Aja Naomi king, and Lupita Nyong’o. Kristen would also appear in music videos for The Rolling Stones for “Ride ‘Em on Down”, Chanel’s “Gabrielle”, and Interpol’s “If You Really Love Nothing”. She had her first writing credit in 2017 for the short film Come Swim, she also directed it, which is a diptych of one man’s day, along with directing the music video for Chvches’ song “Down Side of Me”.
In 2018, her first film to release would be Lizzie, a psychological thriller where she starred alongside Chloë Sevigny and is based on the infamous murders of Lizzie Borden’s family. Kristen also starred as Savannah Knoop in J.T. LeRoy alongside Laura Dern. The biographical drama follows Savannah as she spends six years pretending to be the celebrated author JT LeRoy, the made-up literary persona of her sister-in-law. In 2019, she starred as Jean Seberg in Seberg, a film inspired by the real life evens of the French New Wave icon in the late 1960s. Kristen earned the Best International Actress award at the Jupiter Awards. 2019 brought her to the brand new Charlie’s Angels film as Sabina Wilson, which was written and directed by Elizabeth Banks and co-starred Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska. Rotten Tomatoes rated the film at 52%, while the audience scored it a 78%. Kristen’s next project came in 2020 with the sci-fi horror Underwater, where she starred as Norah Price. The film follows a crew oceanic researchers working for a deep sea drilling company try to get to safety after a mysterious earthquake devastates their deepwater research. She next wrote and directed a short film titled Crickets part of the Homemade anthology series, where hey follow filmmakers from around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. Kristen’s next film Happiest Season was also released, in which she starred alongside Mackenzie Davis and Dan Levy as Abby. The film received special recognition at the GLAAD Media Awards, along with winning the award for Outstanding Film – Wide Release as well.
Kristen’s upcoming projects include portraying Princess Diana in Spencer, which depicts the weekend in which Diana decides to leave her marriage to Prince Charles. The film is set to premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 3rd and with a release on November 5th.she is currently filming the sci-fi thriller Crimes of the Future alongside Viggo Mortensen and Scott Speedman. The film takes a deep dive into the not-so-distant future where humankind is learning to adapt to its synthetic surroundings. Kristen is also writing and directing her first feature film titled the Chronology of Water which is currently in the pre-production process. The biographical drama follows an author’s memoir of her bisexuality, addiction issues and her involvement with the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement opposing Israeli oppression of Palestine.
In 2012, 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. It was reported the next year that Kristen had raised $500,000 for relief efforts from Hurricane Sandy. Kristen help build schools in Nicaragua through the buildOn campaign in 2016 to help give children the opportunity to be educated in a safe space and break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy.