Kristen Stewart is an American actress who became a household name after her role as Bella Swan in the Twilight franchise. However, she got her start long before the iconic vampire films. Her first acting gig was in 1999, even though she was uncredited for those first few roles.
The Twilight films definitely sky-rocketed Kristen Stewart’s net worth. And the projects she took on following those films have also significantly contributed to her overall net worth. Let’s take a look at her career and how success has impacted her earnings.
Kristen Jaymes Stewart was born on April 9. 1990 in Los Angeles, California. Her mother, Jules Mann-Stewart, is an Australian filmmaker and script supervisor. Her father, John Stewart, is a television producer and stage manager. With parents like hers, she is practically destined to enter the entertainment industry.
Stewart has an older brother named Cameron Stewart, and she also has two adopted brothers, Dana and Taylor. She began attending public school as a child. But she eventually transitioned to distance learning because of schedule conflicts with her acting career. Stewart earned her high school diploma and proceeded to pursue her acting goals.
Stewart did not initially want to be an actress. Given her family background, she figured she was going to be a director or do something behind the scenes like her parents. She didn’t really aspire to become famous, and she’s always been pretty upfront about her dislike for fame. However, when she performed in a school play when she was 8, an agent saw her and it became the start of everything.
After a round of auditions, Stewart landed a tiny role in the Disney Channel’s The Thirteenth Year. A year later, she appeared in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas. Thus followed a string of small roles in fairly successful films. In 2002, Stewart was nominated for a Young Artist Award for playing the tomboy daughter of Jodie Foster in the thriller Panic Room.
By this time, producers were really taking notice of the Stewart’s acting talents. In 2003, she was chosen to play the daughter of the characters played by Sharon Stone and Dennis Quaid in Cold Creek Manor. She received another Young Artist Award nomination for her performance.
When she turned 14, Stewart landed her first starring role in Catch That Kid. She co-starred with Corbin Bleu and Max Thieriot. In the same year, she also played the lead roles in Undertow and Speak. The latter gained her much critical acclaim for her very convincing performance of a high school rape victim.
A succession of major roles followed, and Kristen Stewart’s net worth really started to build up. Some of her most notable films during this period were Zathura: A Space Adventure, Fierce People, The Messengers, In the Land of Women, and the critically praised The Cake Eaters.
In 2007, Stewart was personally selected by director Catherine Hardwicke to play the role of Bella Swan in Twilight. The romantic fantasy film is based on the vampire novel by Stephenie Meyer. Robert Pattinson co-stars with Stewart and plays her character’s vampire boyfriend, Edward Cullen.
Stewart played Bella in all of the five Twilight films – Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn Part 1 and Breaking Dawn Part 2. For the first movie, Stewart received a relatively modest salary of $2 million. But with the success of the franchise, her paycheck had dramatically improved. For each of the last two movies, she got a base salary of $25 million, plus a 7.5% in backend earnings.
In the same year that the final Twilight film was released, Stewart also starred in Snow White and the Huntsman. And for her role in that film, she received a salary of $9.5 million. Together with her earnings from Twilight, this put Stewart at the top of Forbes list of highest paid actresses in 2012. Not to mention, Kristen Stewart’s net worth also got a big nudge because of this.
During the years following the Twilight films, Stewart seems to have taken a break from high-budget Hollywood films. For the next few years, she went for roles in independent productions instead. For instance, in 2014, she joined the cast of Camp X-Ray and Still Alice. In 2015, she gave a riveting performance in Clouds of Sils Maria by Olivier Assayas, which earned her the Cesar Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Assayas and Stewart worked so well together that they collaborated again in Personal Shopper in 2016. The following year, Stewart embarked on her directorial debut with the short Come Swim, before she started taking mainstream Hollywood roles again.
In one of her most recent performances, Stewart was widely praised by audiences and critics for her portrayal of Princess Diana in the biographical drama film Spencer. Her performance even got her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
As of 2022, Stewart is engaged to screenwriter Dylan Meyer. The couple have been dating since 2019 and first announced their engagement in November 2021.
Stewart has been vocal about her sexuality, announcing in 2017 that she is bisexual. She has dated a number of actors over the years. Her first boyfriend was Fierce People co-star Anton Yelchin, who died in 2016 from a horrific car accident. In 2005, Kristen dated co-star Michael Angarano and the relationship lasted four years.
Stewart also dated Robert Pattinson while they were filming Twilight, during which she had an affair with director Rupert Sanders. A relationship with visual effects producer Alicia Cargile soon followed. After they broke up, Stewart dated Stella Maxwell, a New Zealand model, for about 3 years.
Stewart is not very public with her real estate acquisitions. But it is known that in 2012, she spent $2.2 million on a Los Feliz mansion with 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, a pool, a fire pit, and gorgeous gardens.
In 2013, she bought a $4.48 million Malibu home that she later listed for sale at double the price at $9.5 million. She had also purchased a $5.6 million New York City loft.
Kristen Stewart Net Worth Today
Kristen Stewart’s net worth today is estimated at $70 million. And while it may be true that the stars were aligned from birth for Stewart to find her way to Hollywood, there is no doubt that Stewart has worked hard for her success.
Next up for Stewart, she’ll appear in Love Me alongside The Walking Dead‘s Steven Yeun, and Love Lies Bleeding with Ed Harris, Jena Malone, and Dave Franco.