Kristen Stewart Biography
Kristen Stewart earned her big break as Jodie Foster’s daughter in the hot-wired thriller, “Panic Room” (2002). Kristen consistently impressed audiences and critics alike, both with her performances and with her choice of projects – which frequently strayed far from the kid-oriented material offered to actors in her age group.
Born April 9, 1990 in Los Angeles, CA, Stewart’s family relocated to Colorado before returning to L.A., where her father worked as a stage manager, producer, and director on numerous Fox television shows. Her performance in a grade school Christmas play caught the eye of an agent in the audience, who contacted her parents to gauge Stewart’s interest in becoming an actress. Both were initially opposed to the idea, but Stewart’s curiosity won them over, and at the age of eight, she began auditioning for film and television roles. Her first screen appearance came a year later in the Disney Channel TV production, “The Thirteenth Year” (1999), in which she played a bit role. A more substantial part came two years later with the challenging independent drama, “The Safety of Objects” (2001), in which she played the boyish daughter of troubled single mom Patricia Clarkson.
Stewart found herself at the center of a major Hollywood production in 2002 when she replaced Hayden Panettiere as the juvenile lead in “Panic Room.” Despite the presence of such veteran actors as Foster (to whom Stewart bore a remarkable physical resemblance), Forest Whitaker, and Patrick Bachau, Stewart held her own and delivered an assured performance that led some critics to compare her to the film’s lead during her child actor days. Following “Panic Room,” Stewart signed on to play the daughter of Dennis Quaid and Sharon Stone in another suspenseful project, “Cold Creek Manor” (2003).
As we all know, Kristen recently rose to A-List celebrity status with her perfectly cast role as Bella Swan in Twilight.