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.
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). Born in Los Angeles to parents working in show business, Stewart began her acting career in 1999 with uncredited roles and a minor character appearance in several films.She gained notice 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.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.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.During their playing a board game, they turn their house into a spacecraft hurtling uncontrollably in outer space.I never sought out acting, but I always practiced my autograph because I love pens.I'd write my name on everything." She also appeared in the independent film The Safety of Objects (2001), as the tomboy daughter of a troubled single mother (Patricia Clarkson).While considered her work a "sturdy, sensitive performance", and the Chicago Tribune noted that she did "vividly well with a sketch of a role", Variety Critic Bill Goodykoontz from The Arizona Republic said that Stewart "really shines....She excels at both aspects of the performance, giving Georgia a strength that defies any sort of pity one might feel for her, without letting us forget her vulnerability".