Kristen Jaymes Stewart (born April 9, 1990) is an American actress, model and director. She is the recipient of several accolades, including a César Award, the national-level award of French cinema, making her the first American woman to win it since it was first awarded in 1976. Her films have grossed over $4.3 billion worldwide, and she was the highest-paid actress in the world in 2010 and 2012.
Born in Los Angeles to parents who worked in show business, Stewart began her career as a child actor in 1999. She gained notice 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 subsequently starred in Speak (2004), Catch That Kid (2004), Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005), and Into the Wild (2007). In 2010, she was awarded the BAFTA Rising Star Award. Stewart went on to gain wide recognition for playing Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga film series (2008–2012), which collectively grossed over $3.3 billion worldwide. Her work in the series established her as one of the highest-paid actresses in the world.
Following a role in the fantasy film Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), Stewart eschewed parts in big-budget films in favour of independent productions. She Starred in the dramas Camp X-Ray and Still Alice (both 2014), and the science fiction romance Equals (2016).
She will return to mainstream cinema with Underwater and Charlie’s Angels both due out in 2019. 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 for her critically acclaimed role in Personal Shopper (2017) and made her directorial debut with the 2017 short film Come Swim.
In 2018, Stewart appeared in Lizzie, opposite Chloë Sevigny, revolving around Lizzie Borden, directed by Craig William Macneill, which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2018.It is scheduled to be released on September 14, 2018, by Saban Films and Roadside Attractions. She will next appear in JT LeRoy, a biopic revolving around Laura Albert, alongside Laura Dern and Diane Kruger. Underwater, an adventure-thriller film directed and co-written by William Eubank. She will also appear in Against All Enemies, as actress Jean Seberg, directed by Benedict Andrews. and in Charlie’s Angels, alongside Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska, directed by Elizabeth Banks, which is scheduled to be released on November 1, 2019, by Columbia Pictures.
In August 2018 it was announced that Stewart would star in a Netflix TV series adaptation of Gina Frangello’s novel A Life in Men, which would also be produced by Charlize Theron.
Stewart revealed she is working on her feature film directorial debut which will be an adaptation of writer Lidia Yuknavitch’s memoir The Chronology of Water, which she will also write.
Stewart appeared in the music video for Interpol’s track “If You Really Love Nothing” which was released on 23 August, 2018.
In November 2018, it was reported that Stewart was in talks to star in an LGTBQ holiday romance titled ‘Happiest Season’.