The Kristen files
Published 27/08/2010 | 05:00
Given her showbiz lineage, it seems inevitable that Kristen Stewart would have been drawn to the performing life. However, she has said in the past that she never thought acting was going to be that outlet.
"I never wanted to be the centre of attention. I wasn't that, 'I want to be famous, I want to be an actor' kid. I never sought out acting."
Nevertheless, she started acting at age 11, and got her big break when David Fincher cast her as Jodie Foster's daughter in the thriller Panic Room.
Stewart's first leading role came in the 2004 kiddie caper Catch That Kid, but that same year the young actress delivered what has arguably been her best performance to date in the TV movie Speak.
She also got strong reviews for her performance as Emile Hirsch's love interest in Sean Penn's Into The Wild.
But it's anyone's guess how Stewart's career might have panned out had she not been cast in the lead role in Twilight in 2008, and its subsequent sequels.
Since then, she has sought parts in movies that target more than just the tween demographic. She was impressive in last year's Adventureland, and she'll soon be seen as Mary Lou in the screen adaptation of Kerouac's On The Road.