Born in Colorado but raised in Los Angeles, Kristen Stewart, whose father is TV producer John Stewart, played her first role as Patricia Clarkson's tomboy daughter in the indie film The Safety of Objects (2001). Her next role was a co-starring one as Jodie Foster's diabetic daughter (also a tomboy) in Panic Room (2002). Originally, another young actress had been cast when Nicole Kidman was scheduled to play the lead. But when Kidman was injured and had to drop out, Foster took over the part and Stewart (because of her resemblance to Foster) was hired to replace the original young actress. Stewart was nominated for a Young Artist award as Leading Young Actress for her performance in the film.
Panic Room (2002) was a box office success, and Stewart was quickly hired to play Angel, the daughter of Dennis Quaid and Sharon Stone in Cold Creek Manor (2003), followed by the starring role as a girl who turns to crime to help her father in Catch that Kid (2004). After that, she played Lila in Undertow (2004) opposite Dermot Mulroney and Josh Lucas, for which she received another Young Artist award nomination.
In her spare time, Stewart enjoys surfing. She lives with her parents and older brother Cameron in a suburb of Los Angeles.
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