From leading one of the biggest movie franchises of all time to starring in critically acclaimed independent dramas, Kristen Stewart can do it all!
The 31 year old star has been a constant force to be reckoned with ever since her early days as a child actress. Now, with her performance as Princess Diana in Spencer just around the corner, let us take you on a deep dive that is all things Kristen Stewart!
Kristen Stewart never thought she’d be an actor
Born to 2 parents that were already in show business, Kristen Stewart always knew she wanted a life in the entertainment industry but never dreamed it would be as an actor. Kristen’s father, John Stewart, works as a stage manager and TV producer, while her mother, Jules Mann-Stewart, works as a script supervisor and director.
Given her parents’ careers behind the camera, Kristen Stewart told Biography Today: Profiles of People of Interest to Young Readers that she “never wanted to be the center of attention — I wasn’t that ‘I want to be famous, I want to be an actor’ kid.” Kristen added that she “never sought out acting.”
6 fun fact you must know about Kristen Stewart
- Kristen Stewart has been frightened of horses since falling off and breaking her elbow when she was 9.
- She was the world’s highest paid actress in 2012.
- She is currently directing her debut feature film, The Chronology of Water.
- In order to focus on acting, Kristen participated in distance learning from 7th grade until graduation.
- Kristen Stewart was discovered after an agent saw her in her elementary school’s Christmas play.
- After Hurricane Sandy, she raised $500,000 for the relief effort after meeting with an anonymous “Middle Eastern Prince” for just 15 minutes.
Kristen Stewart movies: Panic Room (2002)
Kristen Stewart began to receive worldwide attention at just 12 years old when she starred alongside Jodie Foster in David Fincher’s Panic Room. The young actress portrayed Sarah, the diabetic daughter of Jodie Foster’s Meg. After 3 intruders break into Meg and Sarah’s new home, the mother and daughter rush to their secure panic room to wait out the home invasion. However, when the crooks begin to break into the panic room, it becomes a fight for survival
Kristen’s performance as Sarah was incredibly well received upon Panic Room’s release, setting the actress up for what would become a long and successful career.
Where to watch Panic Room: STARZ
Kristen Stewart movies: Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)
Kristen Stewart started to find her groove with big budget adventure films in Jon Favreau’s Zathura: A Space Adventure. In the sole standalone spinoff of Jumanji, Kristen Stewart stars as Lisa, a teenager in charge of babysitting her rambunctious brothers while her parents are away.
Though her role is small, Zathura left a lasting impact on Kristen Stewart. In an interview with TeenHollywood.com, the actress spoke fondly about all of Zathura’s practical effects, stating: “Most everything that was happening in the house was really happening. When we harpooned walls and ripped them out, we were really doing it. When there was a fire on set, there was really fire” before adding “I got to wear a harness and fly up to the rafters of the sound stage and that was about it. It was awesome.”
Where to watch Zathura: A Space Adventure: Netflix
Kristen Stewart movies: The Twilight Saga (2008-2012)
You can’t have an article detailing Kristen Stewart’s career without mentioning The Twilight Saga. The actress won the role of Bella after director Catherine Hardwicke visited her on the set of Adventureland for an informal audition. Blown away with her performance, Catherine instantly knew Kristen was right for the role.
Her portrayal as Bella in the vampire romance films earned Kristen international attention and praise. Following the release of the fifth and final Twilight film, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, Kristen became the highest paid actress of 2012 while also becoming the youngest actress to achieve such a feat.
In the years since The Twilight Saga’s release, Kristen Stewart’s iconic performance is responsible for the franchise’s massive cult following and consistent rewatchability.
Where to rent Twilight: Amazon Prime
Kristen Stewart movies: Adventureland (2009)
Following her breakout performance in Twilight, Kristen received critical praise for her role in the heartfelt comedy drama Adventureland. She stars as Em, a smart and quirky NYU student who is working at the summer adventure park as a way to avoid her troublesome home life. Kristen appears in the film alongside Jesse Eisenberg, Ryan Reynolds, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Martin Starr, and Margarita Levieva.
Roger Ebert loved Kristen’s performance in the film stating on his website, “What surprised me was how much I admired Kristen Stewart” and that she is “an actress ready to do important things.”
Where to watch Adventureland: HBO Max
Kristen Stewart movies: Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
Now a full-fledged movie star, Kristen Stewart led another fantasy franchise to massive box office success as Snow White in Snow White and the Huntsman. The film follows Snow White after she escapes the grasp of her evil stepmother, Queen Raveena (Charlize Theron). The villainous Queen sends the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to retrieve Snow White. However, after learning of the Queen’s lies, Snow White and the Huntsman join forces.
Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Nick Frost, Toby Jones, Sam Claflin, and Lily Cole also star in this Academy Award nominated film.
Where to rent Snow White and the Huntsman: Amazon Prime
Kristen Stewart movies: On the Road (2012)
After years of big budget fantasy flicks, Kristen Stewart found her groove in the indie film drama On the Road. Based on the Jack Kerouac novel of the same name, Kristen stars as Marylou, the free-spirited 16 year old wife of the film’s protagonist Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund).
On the Road is one of the star’s most acclaimed performances. While reviewing the film for THR, Todd McCarthy describes the actress as being “perfect in the role” of Marylou.
Where to watch On the Road: Showtime
Kristen Stewart movies: Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)
Kristen Stewart’s most critically acclaimed role came in Olivier Assayas’ 2014 drama Clouds of Sils Maria. She stars as Valentine, an assistant to the famous (but aging) actress Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche). In a film that is very much a character study, Kristen is able to offer the audiences the right amount of subtlety at precisely the right moments.
Kristen became the first ever American actress to win a César award (the French equivalent of the Oscar) when she took home the Best Supporting Actress award in 2015. Additionally, the actress won five more awards for her performance.
Where to watch Clouds of Sils Maria: Amazon Prime
Kristen Stewart movies: American Ultra (2015)
Six years after Adventureland, Kristen Stewart reunited with Jesse Eisenberg for the stoner action comedy flick American Ultra. The pair star as 2 small town stoners who discover that Mike (Jesse Eisenberg) is actually a CIA trained secret agent, although he has no memory of this. After the CIA orders a hit on Mike, the couple must suddenly fight for their lives.
Where to watch American Ultra: Amazon Prime
Kristen Stewart movies: Certain Women (2016)
Just 1 year later, Kristen Stewart captivated audiences with her performance in Kelly Reichardt’s indie drama Certain Women. In the film, Kristen tackles the complex role of Beth, a strong-willed attorney who finds herself forming a deep bond with a ranch hand in Montana.
Where to watch Certain Women: Amazon Prime
Kristen Stewart movies: Personal Shopper (2016)
Kristen Stewart and director Olivier Assayas joined forces once again for Personal Shopper. This time the star actress starred in the leading role as Maureen, a personal shopper for a strict supermodel.
Debuting at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, Personal Shopper went on to earn Olivier Assayas the award for Best Director. Additionally, Kristen picked up a Best Actress Award at the Oaxaca FilmFest for her role in the film.
Where to watch Personal Shopper: Amazon Prime
Kristen Stewart movies: Seberg (2019)
Kristen Stewart showed off her ability to portray pop culture icons when she starred as the American actress turned civil rights activist and FBI target, Jean Seberg in Seberg. The film received mixed reviews following its premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Although, Kristen’s performance was praised.
Where to watch Seberg: Amazon Prime
Kristen Stewart movies: Charlie’s Angels (2019)
The actress was the first pick to lead Elizabeth Banks’ Charlie’s Angels reboot in 2019. Kristen Stewart starred as Sabrina Wilson, the ‘wild card’ Angel. After a cutting edge power source capable of mass destruction is stolen, Sabrina and fellow Angels Jane (Ella Balinska) and Elena (Naomi Scott) must retrieve the device before it’s used for catastrophic destruction.
Kristen’s performance in Charlie’s Angels is seen by many as the highlight of the film with Mark Lieberman of The Washington Post writing she “upstages everyone, from the opening close-up on her gleeful grin to her array of colorful costumes, riotous non sequiturs and unconventional posture choices.”
Where to rent Charlie’s Angels: Amazon Prime
Kristen Stewart movies: Underwater (2020)
Kristen Stewart holds the unique distinction of starring in the last 20th Century Fox film. Just a week before Disney changed the studios’ name to 20th Century Studios, she starred as Norah Price in Underwater.
The film follows a group of workers on an underwater research and drilling facility that must fight for their lives after an earthquake wreaks havoc to their ship. Now Norah has to help lead the survivors one mile across the ocean floor to safety while avoiding deadly undiscovered sea creatures.
Where to rent Underwater: Amazon Prime
Kristen Stewart movies: Happiest Season (2020)
Kristen Stewart shows off her versatile acting chops in 2020’s wholesome Christmas-themed rom-com Happiest Season. The star actress stars as Abby, a young woman who plans to propose to her girlfriend Harper (Mackenzie Davis) at a family holiday party. However, when it is revealed that Harper hasn’t come out to her parents yet, Abby reluctantly poses as Harper’s roommate.
The film was partly inspired by director/writer Clea DuVall’s own experience and features a rock star ensemble cast consisting of Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Dan Levy, Mary Holland, Victor Garber, and Mary Steenburgen.
Where to watch Happiest Season: Hulu
Upcoming Kristen Stewart movies: Spencer (2021)
By far, the most highly anticipated role in Kristen Stewart’s career is her portrayal of Princess Diana in Pablo Lorrain’s upcoming biographical drama Spencer. Set during Christmas of 1991, the film follows the iconic Princess’ decision to divorce Prince Charles.
After set photos of Kristen leaked earlier this year, fans called her resemblance to Princess Diana uncanny. We are eagerly awaiting the release of this film!
Watch Spencer in MOVIE THEATERS this Fall.
Twitter LOVES Kristen Stewart
A beloved celebrity since she was just a teen, Twitter users constantly show their support for Kristen Stewart.
Saw AMERICAN ULTRA last night, and loved it. Fresh and exciting, very cool. Can’t figure out why it isn’t a smash.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) August 28, 2015
Thank you, Stephen King! We’re wondering the same thing!
thinking about the way kristen stewart and margot robbie look at each other pic.twitter.com/yH3U4fLhTI
— tink 🌸 (@prettymagicx) July 2, 2021
This was an iconic moment for sure.
kristen stewart wearing a wrist brace while filming breaking dawn pic.twitter.com/aV4jjlD1o2
— u can call me rob i eat hotdogs (@itdoesinmyworld) July 8, 2021
Kristen Stewart is out here only asking the most serious of questions.
just Kristen Stewart, that’s it pic.twitter.com/pyYelSa9wV
— pamela com p de puta (@robstencracks) July 3, 2021
Her dress was ahead of its time.
apparently kristen stewart was in the same used bookstore as me today in ptown and bought $90 worth of literature pic.twitter.com/lcgBnNtBWg
— lina (@catherinelise) July 7, 2021
We love a celeb who reads.
your big three: Kristen Stewart movies edition
— em (@kristenflorals) July 3, 2021
What are your top 2 Kristen Stewart movies?
I WISH KRISTEN STEWART WAS MY FRIEND 😭 SEEMS LIKE SUCH A FUN PERSON TO BE AROUND https://t.co/h9cPvckh8X
— em ♡ (@lovinqtwilight) July 3, 2021
Who wouldn’t want to hang out with K Stew?
kristen stewart singing “whenever, wherever” by shakira on loop pic.twitter.com/4gMB7fxLKk
— rad & some kristen loops (@queennn94) July 1, 2021
We need the full remix ASAP.
can kristen stewart and kate mckinnon just make a meal and then watch a movie w me is that too much to ask
— maleah (@snlcom) July 6, 2021
Isn’t this everyone’s ideal Friday night plan?
i had a dream that i had a small part in twilight except i didn’t know what was going on the entire time bc no one would tell me. i also didn’t know my lines and i was fucking everything up but kristen stewart told me i did good
— breeze🌵 (@fabrizio_silva) July 2, 2021
We love a supportive co-star even if they are imaginative.
anyway, truth still stands that kristen stewart was the reason robert pattinson even auditioned for twilight, which eventually placed him on the map
— kree the ねこ (semi ia) (@twicelightx) July 6, 2021
Thank you to Kristen Stewart for putting Robert Pattinson on the map.
do i watch happiest season or kristen stewart compilations?
— ari (@biIscomet) July 5, 2021
Why not both?
— Robynne (@everydayrobsten) July 8, 2021
Bella was MADE for Kristen Stewart.
After a deep dive into all things Kristen Stewart, what’s your favorite film from the beloved actress? Additionally, how excited are you to see her take on the role of Princess Diana in Spencer? Let us know in the comments!
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