In just 22 years, Kristen Stewart has become one of the most well known names in Hollywood, racking up incredible amounts of fame and popularity. And while her A-list status is thanks in large part to her role as Bella Swan in the Twilight franchise, the actress has since proven that she's way more than just a one hit wonder.
So in honor of all that she's accomplished, Hollywood.com has compiled a list of 22 compliments to give to the talented star on her birthday as a show of gratitude for her many contributions to the entertainment industry. Happy Birthday, K-Stew!
1. She has one of the hottest boyfriends — Robert Pattinson — on the planet (he even sparkles in the sun!).
2. She's successfully avoided being typecast post-Twilight, something not every star is able to escape.
3. Her acting range knows no bounds. Whether it be sword fighting or a vampire love scene, nothing's out of Stewart's reach.
3. She's picking high grade material in 2012 (Snow White and the Huntsman). No more damsel in distress for this girl.
4. She deserves much higher praise for her role in the criminally underrated movie Adventureland.
5. She hasn't let fame affect her true self.
6. She is quite the natural beauty, but is never vain about it.
7. She looks great in a (fake) wedding dress.
8. She does a great job of not speaking in Speak. Eat your heart out The Artist.
9. She actually has a pretty good singing voice, very reminiscent of Joan Jet.
10. Plays a very believable diabetic even at the ripe age of 13 years old (Panic Room).
11. She's able to control herself whenever Taylor Lautner takes his shirt off (a trick I have not yet mastered).
12. She's a great kisser, and has several MTV Best Kiss awards to back it up.
13. She's adventurous enough for Martin Starr and Jesse Eisenberg (Adventureland).
14. She actually managed to pull off the Joan Jet look — a hairstyle that is not that these days.
15. She plays nice with others, despite what the rumor mill says.
16. She deserves major props for successfully conquering her fear of horses on the set Snow White and the Huntsman.
17. She doesn't discriminate: she's open to dating both mortals and supernatural creatures.
18. She can handle long distance relationships (see Jumper).
19. She has great taste in co-stars.
20. She performed the most convincing (non) birth ever seen — that Breaking Dawn birth scene was pretty hardcore.
21. She got the Charlize Theron stamp of approval. If it's good for Charlize, then it's good for us.
22. She is the fairest one of all (Snow White and the Huntsman).
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Set in 1986 Brooklyn the Berkman family is dealing with the harsh fact that parents Bernard (Jeff Daniels) and Joan (Laura Linney) are getting a divorce. Both Bernard and Joan are writers and intellectuals but Bernard feels like he's failed when his wife is suddenly more successful as a writer with a looming book deal that challenges her ex-husband's masculinity and self-worth. The split-up is also affecting their sons 16-year-old Walt (Jesse Eisenberg) and 12-year-old Frank (Owen Kline) in very different ways. The older son Walt is dealing with it creatively by diving into his music. He has entered a talent contest falsely saying that he wrote a song called "Hey You"--the Pink Floyd song. Meanwhile the younger brother Frank drinks beer swears a lot and talks about his Mom's sex life. As the marriage collapses the couple deals with the painful process of splitting up households and working out where the boys are living at any given time and even how the cat gets transported from one house to another in order to be fair. The boys are a bit stressed about the two home addresses but they are more upset about the new relationships their parents are having soon after the split--Dad with his young student Lili (Anna Paquin) and Mom with their tennis instructor (William Baldwin). The boys hang onto the hope that their parents will someday unite again but things only seem to get worse. All of the performances are stellar including Oscar-caliber performances from Daniels and Linney. But just like Kramer vs. Kramer it's the little kid who steals the show. Owen Kline is the son of actors Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates and the only acting he ever did previously was a family performance that they did in The Anniversary Party recreating a skit they often do at home for fun. Kline shows a lot of depth and humor in the role as he swears and tries to act like a big guy while rebelling against his parents and their divorce. He is obviously hurting inside and he shows a huge range of emotion as his character develops. Eisenberg an up-and-comer in the new generation of teen actors who made his mark in Roger Dodger does a find job as the older brother. Billy Baldwin makes a decent comeback of sorts as the appropriately wooden but sexy and sincere tennis instructor who never made it as a pro. The biggest disappointment is Oscar-winning actress Paquin who seems a bit wasted in a role that any actress of her age could have done. She has more of an emotional arc as the comic book character Rogue in the X-Men series than here. Even if you don't know what the squid and the whale is at the Museum of Natural History you'll know how a kid could be fascinated by the giant plaster figures of them in a constant battle as they hang from the ceiling of the museum. Noah Baumbach took this personal material which is loosely based on his own family and turned it into a psychological exploration of family dynamics. It's not as overly dramatic as a Danny Bonaduce story nor does it pander to the reality show trend but it does offer a window into the pains of a supposedly idyllic family as the parents slowly figure out they can't stand living under the same roof anymore. The writing is restrained and realistic as the couple and their kids talk around the issues that are the most pressing. There's a tender heart-tugging and combative scene between Linney and Daniels on the stoop of their brownstone which shows how they probably still love each other but in that moment know that they can never give it another go. It's impossible to know whether that's the writing the actors the direction or the fact that the director lived that real moment and knew exactly what he wanted.