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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."
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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.

Public opinion of deteriorated a bit following her role in the Twilight franchise Twilight, partly due to her being considered indistinguishable from the bland Bella Swan. Stewart also came off as a bit of a Shrinking Violet at the time and appeared to not enjoy being famous and seemed to preferred her pre-Twilight life. She has opened up considerably since, however, with her comfort in the public eye seeming to develop alongside a growing post-Twilight appreciation for her acting skill.

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After finishing the Twilight series and portraying Snow White in Snow White and the Huntsman, she returned to small independent films. Her acting fortunes appear to have been looking up since 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. That film also made her something of a muse for director Olivier Assayas, who cast her again in Personal Shopper. In 2021 she starred in Spencer as Princess Diana and gained a great deal of critical acclaim, and an Oscar nomination, for her performance. Since late 2013, she has also 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. She has been with screenwriter Dylan Meyer since 2019, and they got engaged in November of 2021.

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  • Action Girl: Despite one of her most famous roles being somewhat notorious as a Damsel in Distress, Stewart has played several characters who can get themselves out of trouble, including Sabina in Charlie's Angels, Snow White in Snow White & the Huntsman, Phoebe in American Ultra, a bank-robbing twelve year old in Catch That Kid, and Norah in Underwater (who ends up literally punching out Cthulhu). And even Bella gets to kick some butt in the final Twilight film after becoming a vampire.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: She eagerly agreed to do Spencer simply from hearing the director describe how he wanted to create an avant-garde "tone poem" more than a narrative film, without reading a word of the script.
  • 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.
    • Although she doesn't regret doing the movie as a whole, she was very uncomfortable doing numerous underwater scenes in, well, Underwater, due to the fact she has a fear of water.
    • In the lead-up to Spencer's release, she went so far as to say she's only proud of five of the films she's made, though she didn't mention any names.
  • The Danza: In Cold Creek Manor, she played a character called Kristen Tilson.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Initially averted with Twilight series; Bella is seventeen at the start and Stewart turned eighteen while filming the first movie, though she continued to portray Bella across four more movies, playing it straight. 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.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: She seems to have a particular hatred for high heels, ditching them and going barefoot on several red carpets, talk show appearances, and even at the normally high-class premieres of her films at the Cannes and Venice film festivals.
  • 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 (Melinda is a deeply traumatized Elective Mute due to being raped). Amusingly, her role in Equals is pretty much built around this (it's set in a world where people are banned from expressing emotion).
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
    • She wore brown contact lenses to portray Bella Swan, to more closely match Bella's description from the books (Bella has "chocolate brown" eyes, while Kristen's eyes are green).
    • 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 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 Diana, Princess of Wales in Spencer and sort-of in Snow White and the Huntsman (Snow White is technically from a fantasy realm yet speaks with a British accent). 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 and dour.
  • Hidden Depths: Stewart plays the acoustic guitar and electric guitar, as well as the trumpet. She also enjoys photography as a hobby.
  • 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.
  • Reclusive Artist: She has been open about her discomfort with fame, and is also among one of the few millennial celebrities to have no official social media accounts.
  • 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 with other people at the time.
  • 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. There were some who had doubts about her being cast as Princess Diana in Spencer, but following the film's premiere, she gained widespread acclaim for her performance.
  • 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 the script to the sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman but turned them down, not finding them to be very good. It eventually materialized 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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