Kristen Jaymes Stewart (born April 9, 1990) is an American actress. Born into a film-oriented family, 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 (2008-2012), which grossed over $3.3 billion worldwide.
Outside of Twilight, 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 magazine's 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.
Stewart was born in 1990 in Los Angeles, California, where she was raised, by parents in the entertainment industry. Her father, John Stewart, is a stage manager and television producer who has worked for Fox. Her mother, Jules Mann-Stewart, is originally from Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia. She is a script supervisor and has also directed a film, the 2012 prison drama K-11, about a Los Angeles record producer who awakes from a substance abuse binge to find himself locked up in a segregated prison wing for gay and transgendered inmates. She 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 correspondence until completing high school.
Stewart lives in Los Angeles. In a November 2008 interview with Vanity Fair, Stewart said that she was in a relationship at the time with Michael Angarano, her co-star from the 2004 film Speak.
After meeting on the set of Twilight in 2008, Stewart was in a very low-profile relationship with co-star Robert Pattinson. For a long time, the two did not explicitly confirm a relationship, but paparazzi photographs and eyewitness accounts drove intense media and fan speculation and attention. However, Stewart officially acknowledged her relationship with Pattinson for the first time in July 2012, when Us Weekly published photos of Stewart showing affection with her Snow White and the Huntsman director, Rupert Sanders, with what the Huffington Post called an "affair with...Sanders". The day that the photos were released, Stewart issued a public apology to Pattinson at People Magazine. In a 2014 interview, Pattinson confirmed that he and Stewart had split.
Following rumors that she was dating a woman and questioned about her sexuality, Stewart said in August 2015: "If you feel like you really want to define yourself, and you have the ability to articulate those parameters and that in itself defines you, then do it. But I am an actress, man. I live in the fucking ambiguity of this life and I love it. I don’t feel like it would be true for me to be like, ‘I’m coming out!’ No, I do a job. Until I decide that I’m starting a foundation or that I have some perspective or opinion that other people should be receiving…I don’t. I’m just a kid making movies."
In March 2016, French musician and actress Soko confirmed her relationship with Stewart in an interview with W.