Kristen Stewart became a household name, worldwide, on the strength of six top-grossing movies from 2008 – 2012. The five Twilight movies and Snow White & the Huntsman were international sensations.
Interestingly, during that five year period she continued her career in independent films; specifically with co-starring roles in The Runaways in 2010 as musician Joan Jett and the 2012 Jack Kerouac inspired On the Road as a girlfriend to the legendary & fictional Dean Moriarty.
Kristen has continued with her recent career focused primarily on independent films since her commercial success of 2008 -2012. She has contributed to rich ensemble performances in 2014’s Still Alice, 2015’s Anesthesia and 2016’s Certain Women. She has given career-peak performances in three other post-2012 films.
2014’ Camp X-Ray saw her as an inexperienced prison guard, in the military police, in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. The film depicts alternating sequences of routinized boredom and tense emotional/physical encounters with foreign terrorist detainees. The centerpiece of the film is the tense interactions/confrontations between the novice prison guard, Stewart, and one of the detainee; a detainee named Ali.
In another 2014 film, with Juliet Binoche, the Clouds of Sils Maria, directed by esteemed French director Olivier Assayas, Stewart earned a prestigious European César Award for Best Supporting Actress. About half of the film, which is set Switzerland and Italy, is a lively verbal/emotional tug-of-war between the two actresses. The film could be regarded, metaphorically, as two versions of the same woman, an older and an younger version, confronting each other.
Olivier Assayas enlisted Stewart as the lead for the 2016 film Personal Shopper. She is the mesmerizing center of this dark and intriguing work; a film that cycles seamlessly through the multiple genres of a ghost story, a working woman in the world of fashion and celebrity, a murder mystery, and a psychological thriller.