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.
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).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".She went on to star in Speak (2004), Catch That Kid (2004), Zathura (2005), and Into The Wild (2007), for which she was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award.She received widespread recognition in 2008 for playing Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga film series (2008–12), which grossed over .3 billion worldwide.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 was listed as the highest-earning female actress in the Vanity Fair "Hollywood Top Earners List of 2010," with an estimated earning of .5 million. Her mother, Jules Mann-Stewart, is originally from Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia.She is a script supervisor and has also directed a film, the 2012 prison drama K-11. 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.