She recalled, "I never wanted to be the center of attention — I wasn't that 'I want to be famous, I want to be an actor' kid.
I never sought out acting, but I always practiced my autograph because I love pens.
After that film, she received the lead role of Jess Solomon in the supernatural thriller film The Messengers.
She won the BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2010 and was awarded the Milan International Film Festival Award for Best Actress in 2011 for Welcome to the Rileys (2010).
In 2015, she received critical acclaim for her role opposite Juliette Binoche in Clouds of Sils Maria, for which she won a multitude of accolades, including the César Award for Best Supporting Actress, making her the first American actress to win a César Award.
Stewart's first starring role was at age 14 in the children's action-comedy Catch That Kid (2004), opposite Max Thieriot and Corbin Bleu.
That year Stewart also played the role of Lila in the thriller, Undertow (2004).
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).
Her performance was widely praised, with The New York Times stating "Ms.
Stewart creates a convincing character full of pain and turmoil." Stewart appeared in the fantasy-adventure film Zathura (2005), playing the role of Lisa, the irresponsible older sister of two little boys.
The film, as well as Stewart's performance, received mixed reviews.