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"I would have been very happy just working from job to job, paying my rent one movie at a time. I never wanted to be this famous. I never imagined this life for myself."

Kristen Jaymes Stewart (born April 9, 1990 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress, best known for playing Bella Swan in the Twilight film series.

Prior to Twilight, Stewart was a little-known actress who appeared mostly in independent films, occasionally getting supporting roles in studio films. At age ten, she had her first major role playing Jodie Foster's daughter in Panic Room. During this period, she was generally considered to be an up-and-coming talent by those who were aware of her.

However, after her role in Twilight, public opinion of her has deteriorated a bit. Stewart, who comes off as a bit of a Shrinking Violet, makes it pretty clear that she does not enjoy being famous, doesn't like the series and generally preferred her pre-Twilight life.

She has also played Snow White in Snow White and the Huntsman. After finishing the Twilight series, she returned to small independent films. Her acting fortunes appear to be looking up in 2015, as she became the first-ever American actress to win a César (the French version of the Academy Awards), Best Supporting Actress for Clouds of Sils Maria, and since late 2013, she has been the ambassador for renowned fashion brand Chanel.


Stewart is openly bisexual, and has been in several high-profile relationships with both male and female celebrities.


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  • Character Tics:
    • She has a habit of biting her lower lip, which she shares with Bella Swan.
    • She also has a habit of running her fingers through her hair when nervous or embarrassed. A point that actress Anna Kendrick made while doing an impression of Kristen on The Tonight Show.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: She seems to view herself as one.
    "Really, I'm incredibly disjointed and not candid. Just in general, my thoughts tend to come out in little spurts that don't necessarily connect. If you hang around long enough, you can find the linear path."
  • Cluster F-Bomb: She has been known to drop these on set when she messes up a take. She also curses like a sailor in interviews.
  • Creator Backlash: She has not been quiet about how much she disliked her fame from Twilight. After the franchise ended, she went back to indie projects with the occasional studio picture.
  • The Danza: In Cold Creek Manor, she played a character called Kristen Tilson.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • She turned eighteen while filming the first Twilight movie and continued to play Bella across four more. Bella is eighteen by the end of the franchise, while Kristen was in her early twenties.
    • Earlier in The Yellow Handkerchief she was eighteen playing a fifteen-year-old.
    • In The Runaways she's nineteen playing Joan Jett at seventeen. But the film covers two years, matching Kristen's age with Joan's by the end.
  • Doing It for the Art:
    • She agreed to a salary of less than $200,000 for her role as Marylou in the film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's On the Road after its budget was drastically cut, purely out of love for the novel.
    • In general, she's made it clear she's a lot happier doing smaller arthouse films than she was doing Twilight, alhough she hasn't ruled out a return to bigger films.
  • Dull Surprise: A common complaint against her acting. That said, it's worked well for her in some roles, such as the one she played in Speak. Amusingly, her role in Equals is pretty much built around this.
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
    • For her role as a runaway teenage stripper in Welcome to the Rileys she learned how to pole dance, deprived herself of sleep, chain-smoked, and ate mostly junk food. As a result her body and legs were covered with bruises, her skin was blemished, and she constantly looked tired.
    • She cut and dyed her hair into Joan Jett's signature style for The Runaways.
    • She visibly shaved her hair entirely with a engineering-centred role in an upcoming film Underwater, citing her consideration of it as a safety hazard in real life; she has however been quick to confess she wanted to shave her head for some time, and took the idea to her director before doing so.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Welcome to the Rileys was her first film after turning eighteen, and thus the first project where she didn't have guardians or tutors with her. She felt that added to her performance as a runaway living alone.
  • Fake Brit: As seen in her Snow White and the Huntsman, she's actually pretty good at it, as this clip from Conan showcases.
  • Funny Character, Boring Actor: Inverted. She's quite the jokester in real life, whereas her most famous character tends to be dull.
  • I Am Not Spock: As far as her fans, her haters, and the media (especially the tabloids) are concerned, she and Bella Swan are the same person.
  • Lady Swears-A-Lot: Not only does she use profanity regularly, but her character from Welcome to the Rileys has the same effect.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Best known for playing the virginal, moody and self-conscious Bella, Stewart plays the sensual, free-spirited Marylou in the film adaptation of On the Road.
    • She is also a lot livelier as the teenage sister in Zathura than viewers who only know her as Bella would expect. When she isn't frozen solid, that is.
  • Romance on the Set:
    • She and Robert Pattinson had an on-off romance while filming the Twilight movies.
    • Rather scandalously with Rupert Sanders on Snow White and the Huntsman, as the two were both in relationships.
  • She Really Can Act: Zig-Zagged. She was pegged as a rising talent in movies like Panic Room and Zathura, but her casting in the Twilight series made many believe she lacked expressiveness or range. Then she became the first American actress (and only the second American actor) ever to win a César Award (basically, the French Oscars), for her performance in Clouds of Sils Maria; as far as the critics were concerned, all her Twilight sins were forgiven, or at any rate blamed on bad writing. The fandom is taking a little longer to catch up.
  • Star-Making Role: She was hailed as an up-and-coming talent from indie films, but Twilight made her a household name.
  • Those Two Actors: She's done three films so far with Jesse Eisenberg.
  • What Could Have Been: She claims she was offered script to the sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman but turned them down, not finding them to be very good. It eventually materialised as The Huntsman: Winter's War in which Snow White only appears in archive footage and from behind, played by an obvious body double.


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