As she grew up with a family who worked behind the camera, Stewart thought she would become a screenwriter/director, but never considered being an actor.
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.
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.
Stewart, 13 at the time of filming, played a high school freshman, Melinda Sordino, who after being raped nearly stops speaking.
Her performance was widely praised, with The New York Times stating "Ms.
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.
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 same year, Stewart had a small role in the Sean Penn-directed adaptation Into the Wild.
For her portrayal of Tracy – a teenage singer who has a crush on young adventurer Christopher Mc Candless (played by Emile Hirsch) – Stewart received mixed reviews.
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.