The quirky Los Angeles native has been on the acting scene since she was just nine,, and her break-through role was almost a decade ago when she played Jodie Foster‘s daughter in Panic Room.
But it was her starring role as Bella Swan in the Twilight films that made Kristen a household name.
Recognition in the movie world isn’t the only thing the vampire flicks got her, though. Kristen also bagged herself a boyfriend, co-star Robert Pattinson, who plays her love interest Edward Cullen.
The private pair went somewhat public with their romance in February 2010, but were rumored to be dating as far back as the release of the first Twilight installment in 2008.
While they are currently shooting marriage scenes for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, in real life they are in no hurry to walk down the aisle.
The entire cast is in Canada filming the two final movies and they are set to wrap up at the end of the month.
Breaking Dawn – Part 1 will hit theaters in November 2011.