On November 16, 2007, Summit Entertainment announced that Stewart would play main character Isabella "Bella" Swan in the film Twilight, based on Stephenie Meyer's bestselling vampire romance novel of the same name.
She starred alongside Robert Pattinson, who plays Edward Cullen, her vampire boyfriend.
Born in Los Angeles to parents working in show business, Stewart began her acting career in 1997 with uncredited roles and a minor character appearance in several films before gaining prominence in 2002 for playing Jodie Foster's daughter in the thriller Panic Room, which garnered her a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Feature Film.
She received widespread recognition in 2008 when she landed the role of protagonist Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga film series (2008–12), which grossed over $3.3 billion worldwide.
Outside of the Twilight series, Stewart has appeared in a wide variety of films, including Adventureland (2009), The Runaways (2010), Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), On the Road (2012), Camp X-Ray (2014), Still Alice (2014) and Equals (2015).
Stewart appeared as teenager Lucy Hardwicke in In the Land of Women (2007), a romantic drama starring Meg Ryan and Adam Brody.
The film, as well as Stewart's performance, received mixed reviews.
The film was praised by critics, but Stewart's performance did not garner much media attention.
Her character is immobilized during most of the film.
That year Stewart also played the role of Lila in the thriller, Undertow (2004).
Stewart starred in the Lifetime/Showtime television film Speak (2004), based on the novel by the same name by Laurie Halse Anderson.
Stewart was listed as the highest-earning female actress in the Vanity Fair "Hollywood Top Earners List of 2010," with an estimated earning of .5 million.