Kristen Stewart has jumped to fame as the lead character, Bella Swan, in the Twilight Saga films. The movies are huge money makers with many, many devoted fans. Will Kristen Stewart have a career after the Twilight Saga movies come to an end? Or will movie-goers have trouble seeing Kristen Stewart as any other character than Bella Swan?
The Twilight Saga will encompass five movies when its completed. “Twilight,” “New Moon,” and “Eclipse” have already been released worldwide and have grossed over 1.75 billion dollars. The last two movies, “Breaking Dawn: Part 1” and “Breaking Dawn: Part 2” based on the final book in theTwilight series, will be released in November 2011 and 2012. Kristen Stewart’s character, Bella, is the heroine and main character. Her name has become synonymous with all things Twilight.
Kristen Stewart has become a paparazzi magnet since her breakout role as Bella Swan in “Twilight.” Although she attempts to remain private by not revealing personal details, such as who she is dating (rumored to be co-star Robert Pattinson), it has not prevented the media from attempting to gain insight in to her life. Kristen Stewart has made her aversion for the paparazzi clear, but appears to have attempted to brighten up her mood and persona in newer interviews (as opposed to her past shy, sullen awkwardness.) Her distaste for the media could influence how she decides to handle her career after all the Twilight movies end.
Although the Twilight films have been the main vehicle behind Kristen Stewart’s rise to fame, she had been acting long before landing the role of Bella Swan. Among her parts prior to the vampire fest, Kristen Stewart appeared in “Panic Room”as Jodie Foster’s diabetic daughter.
Kristen Stewart has worked on many other projects in recent years. “The Runaways” and “Welcome to the Rileys” are completed projects, and “On the Road” is a film project currently in the works. Kristen Stewart received many positive reviews for her work in “The Runaways,” in which she portrays Joan Jett, and “Welcome to the Rileys.” In the upcoming movie “On the Road“ Stewart will play the character of Mary Lou. Her roles in these movies are markedly different from the character of Bella Swan, and Kristen Stewart demonstrates her range as an actress in these roles.
Other than the Twilight Saga films, however, Kristen Stewart has failed to produce a substantial box office draw as a lead character. “The Runaways” only made $3 million in its U.S. release. Twilight fans of Kristen Stewart, it would appear, are not supporting her other film projects. Part of this issue may be the topics explored in “The Runaways,” not fans’ devotion to Stewart or a reflection of her performance. As Joan Jett, Kristen delves into drug addiction and the rock star lifestyle. In her most recent movie to be released, “Welcome to the Rileys,” she portrays a stripper. These movies do not have the mass market appeal or pop culture popularity of the Twilight Saga movies.
Although Kristen Stewart may never duplicate the level of success and recognition she has achieved in with the Twilight franchise, she will most likely have a career as an actress if she chooses to remain in show business. (Matching the uber-success would be a challenge for most actresses!) Kristen Stewart, however, doesn’t appear to be interested in striving for big box office revenues, instead choosing unique and challenging roles in smaller films. Kristen Stewart may even choose to leave acting. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Stewart compared her acting career to being a “professional liar” and expressed a desire to attend college and become a writer.
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Will Lawrence, Interview with Twilight’s Kristen Stewart
Vanity Fair The Vanities Girls April 2007: Kristen Stewart