Kristen Jaymes Stewart (born April 9, 1990) is an American film and television actress. She is known for roles in the films Twilight, Panic Room, Zathura, In the Land of Women, Catch That Kid, and the critically acclaimed Into the Wild.
Stewart was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Her father, John Stewart is a stage manager and television producer who worked for Fox. Her mother is a scriptwriter who comes from Australia. She attended school until the seventh grade, and continued her education by correspondence. She has an older brother, Cameron. Stewart is an avid surfer and guitar-player,and currently lives with her family in Los Angeles. Kristen confirmed to Vanity Fair that she is currently dating actor Michael Angarano.
Stewart's acting career began at the age of eight, after an agent saw her perform in her elementary school's Christmas show. Stewart's first role was a short, nonspeaking part in the Disney Channel TV production The Thirteenth Year. She subsequently appeared in the independent film The Safety of Objects, where she played the tomboy daughter of a troubled single mother (Patricia Clarkson). Stewart had a role in the major Hollywood film Panic Room, playing the sullen, diabetic daughter of a divorced mother (Jodie Foster). While the film received mixed reviews, Stewart garnered positive notices for the role.
In 2007, Stewart appeared as beautiful teenager Lucy Hardwicke in In the Land of Women, a romantic drama starring Meg Ryan and O.C. star Adam Brody. The movie, as well as Stewart's performance, received mixed reviews. That same year, Stewart starred in Sean Penn's critically acclaimed adaptation film Into the Wild. Meanwhile, Variety magazine's critic Dennis Harvey commented skeptically, "It's unclear whether Stewart means to be playing hippie-chick Tracy as vapid, or whether it just comes off that way."After Into the Wild, Stewart had a cameo appearance in Jumper and also appeared in What Just Happened, which was released in October 2008. She also co-stars in The Cake Eaters and The Yellow Handkerchief, both independent films that have only been screened at film festivals.
On November 16, 2007, Summit Entertainment announced that Stewart would play Isabella Marie "Bella" Swan in the movie Twilight, based on Stephenie Meyer's bestselling vampire/human 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 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. During a radio interview with Big O and Dukes of WJFK 1067, Jason Mewes stated that he is doing a movie called K 11 with Stewart and Nikki Reed, also of Twilight.