Kristen Jaymes Stewart (born April 9, 1990) is an American actress. Born in Los Angeles to parents working in show business, Stewart began her acting career in 1999 with uncredited roles and a minor character appearance in several films before gaining prominence in 2002 for playing Jodie Foster’s daughter in the thriller Panic Room, which garnered her a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Feature Film.
She went on to star in Speak (2004), Catch That Kid (2004), Zathura (2005), and Into The Wild (2007), for which she was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award. She received widespread recognition in 2008 when she landed the role of protagonist Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga film series (2008–12), which grossed over $3.3 billion worldwide.
Outside of the Twilight series, Stewart has appeared in a wide variety of films, including Adventureland (2009), The Runaways (2010), Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), On the Road (2012), Camp X-Ray (2014), Still Alice (2014) and Equals (2015). She won the BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2010 and was awarded the Milan International Film Festival Award for Best Actress in 2011 for Welcome to the Rileys (2010). In 2015, she received critical acclaim for her role opposite Juliette Binoche in Clouds of Sils Maria, for which she won a multitude of accolades, including the César Award for Best Supporting Actress, making her the first American actress to win a César Award.
Stewart was listed as the highest-earning female actress in the Vanity Fair “Hollywood Top Earners List of 2010”, with an estimated earning of $28.5 million. In 2011, she was named number one on Forbes’ list of “Hollywood’s Best Actors for the Buck”. Forbes also named her as the highest paid actress in 2012, with total earnings of $34.5 million. She is the “face” of Chanel and Balenciaga fashion brands.
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 recalled, “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.”
Stewart lives in Los Angeles. In 2008, Stewart said that she was in a relationship with Michael Angarano, her co-star from the 2004 film Speak.
Beginning in 2008, Stewart was in a low-profile relationship with Robert Pattinson, her co-star in Twilight. Stewart acknowledged her relationship with Pattinson in July 2012 after US Weekly published intimate photos of Stewart and director Rupert Sanders.Stewart and Pattinson reconciled after the controversy but the two had split up by September 2014.
In March 2016, French musician and actress Soko confirmed her relationship with Stewart, but the two split up after a few months of dating. In July 2016, Stewart confirmed that she was in a relationship with her former assistant Alicia Cargile.