Before anyone had ever heard of "Twilight," Kristen Stewart was one of the hottest young stars coming out of Hollywood. Her first major appearance was at age 11 starring opposite Jodie Foster in "Panic Room." After Panic Room, Kristen made appearances as Dennis Quaid and Sharon Stones daughter in "Cold Creek Manor" and starred as the main child spy in "Catch That Kid." Despite her earlier mainstream fare, it was with 2004's Sundance Film Festival entry "Speak" that she started making a turn toward the more serious art films she prefers. And, it was then that she also met longtime (ex?) boyfriend Michael Angarano. She continued taking roles in smaller films like "Fierce People," "In The Land Of Women" and "Cake Eaters." She also had a minor but notable part opposite Emile Hirsch in the somber 2007 drama "Into The Wild."
Beyond critical acclaim, Kristen continued getting public attention with roles in "Zathura: A Space Adventure," "The Messengers" and "Jumper", but it wasn't until it was announced she would be playing the role of Bella in Catherine Hardwicke's "Twilight" adaptation that she earned herself worldwide fame ... for better or worse. Since the film's release, her life has been closely scrutinized by the public and she has been consistently romantically linked to costar Robert Pattinson.
Still, Kristen looks at her experience thus far with "Twilight" in a positive light. "It's made it easier to do things that I really like, things that like an independent movie that nobody would normally see, she said in an interview promoting the DVD release of her most recent film, "Adventureland."
Kristen is sure to continue to be a giant piece of the pop culture orbit with the next three "Twilight" films, starting with November's "New Moon." Even with such a popular story keeping her in the public eye, she still has not stopped making the types of edgy films she loves. Next, she's starring as a troubled stripper in "Welcome To The Rileys" and then as rocker Joan Jett in 2010's "The Runaways." "Now," she says of how her fans react to her movie choices, "it's like, 'Oh lets go see Bella in this stripper movie; it'll be crazy!'" she joked, showing that despite her public image, she doesn't take her fame too seriously.
Kristen Stewart, sporting a chin-length bob, starred in 2002's "Panic Room" with Jodie Foster
Stewart grew out her locks when she hit up the 2004 Sundance Film Festival to support her movie "Speak"
She went blond for the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of "Fierce People" in 2005
Later in 2005, Stewart went dark with a hint of red for the Los Angeles premiere of "Zathura"
Although her hair was dark in "Into the Wild," when Stewart showed up at the Toronto Film Festival in 2007, she was a blond once again
Kristen Stewart was promoting a film called "Yellow Handkerchief" at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, where she mentioned to MTV News that her next film project was "Twilight"
Stewart showed off her cropped, dark hair at 2009 San Diego Comic-Con, emulating Joan Jett's style for "The Runaways"