1. Kristen Jaymes Stewart is an American actress, known for playing the protagonist Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga film series from 2008–12, which has grossed over $3.3 billion worldwide.
2. She has since starred in a range of films, including Speak .
3. Stewart was born in 1990 in Los Angeles, California, where she was raised, by parents in the entertainment industry. Her mother, Jules Mann-Stewart, is originally from Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia.
4. She is a script supervisor and has also directed a film.
5. As she became more involved in acting, she continued her education by correspondence until completing high school.
6. As she grew up with a family who worked behind the camera, Stewart thought she would become a screenwriter/director, but never considered being an actor.
7. I never sought out acting, but I always practiced my autograph because I love pens.
8. Stewart also played a tomboy, diabetic daughter of a divorced mother .
9. She was nominated for a Young Artist Award for her performance.
10. She was nominated again for a Young Artist Award for her performance. About this time in her career, she started homeschooling because of her irregular schedule.
11. That year Stewart also played the role of Lila in the thriller, Undertow .
12. Stewart starred in the Lifetime/Showtime television film Speak , based on the novel by the same name by Laurie Halse Anderson.
13. Stewart, 13 at the time of filming, played a high school freshman, Melinda Sordino, who after being raped nearly stops speaking.
14. Her performance was widely praised, with The New York Times stating “Ms. Stewart creates a convincing character full of pain and turmoil.”
15. Stewart appeared in the fantasy-adventure film Zathura , playing the role of Lisa, the irresponsible older sister of two little boys.
16. During their playing a board game, they turn their house into a spacecraft hurtling uncontrollably in outer space.