Born in Colorado but raised in Los Angeles, Kristen Stewart, whose father is TV producer John Stewart, played her first role as Patricia Clarkson's tomboy daughter in the indie film The Safety of Objects (2001). Her next role was a co-starring one as Jodie Foster's diabetic daughter (also a tomboy) in Panic Room (2002). Originally, another young actress had been cast when Nicole Kidman was scheduled to play the lead. But when Kidman was injured and had to drop out, Foster took over the part and Stewart (because of her resemblance to Foster) was hired to replace the original young actress. Stewart was nominated for a Young Artist award as Leading Young Actress for her performance in the film.
Panic Room was a box office success, and Stewart was quickly hired to play Angel, the daughter of Dennis Quaid and Sharon Stone in Cold Creek Manor (2003), followed by the starring role as a girl who turns to crime to help her father in Catch that Kid (2004). After that, she played Lila in Undertow (2004) opposite Dermot Mulroney and Josh Lucas, for which she received another Young Artist award nomination.
In her spare time, Stewart enjoys surfing. She lives with her parents and older brother Cameron in a suburb of Los Angeles.
Born in London, England, Robert Pattinson was bitten by the acting bug when, at age 15, he became involved with the Barnes Theatre Company. After taking on several acting roles onstage, Pattinson made his mainstream debut in the made-for-television movie Ring of the Nibelungs (2004), where he caught the attention of director Mira Nair.
Nair offered the still unknown British actor a bit part in her 2004 Vanity Fair adaptation, but Pattinson's scenes were later deleted and only appear on the DVD version. Pattinson's bad luck continued when he was fired from the 2005 UK Royal Court Theatre premiere of The Woman Before, shortly before opening night.
But Pattinson rebounded strongly—and got redemption—later that year when he landed a supporting role as Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Pattinson, still virtually unknown in Hollywood, was the first person to audition for the sought-after role and was offered the part only a week later. His portrayal of the Hogwarts heartthrob made Pattinson a world-wide star and catapulted him to celebrity status.
Following his stint as Cedric Diggory, Pattinson was named 2005's "British Star of Tomorrow" by Times Online and has been dubbed "the next Jude Law" by Teen People.
Pattinson's newfound success in Hollywood landed him the coveted role of Edward in the highly-anticipated screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyers' bestselling vampire romance book series, Twilight.
Facinelli, who was born and raised in New York, attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and worked as an actor there until he won a role in the telefilm After Jimmy, which took him to Los Angeles. Additional television credits include the telefilms Calm at Sunset, An Unfinished Affair, and The Price of Love.
Other projects include a starring role opposite James Spader and Angela Bassett in the sci-fi thriller Supernova (2000). The film chronicles the search and rescue of a deep space medical ship and its six-member crew, which finds itself in danger from a mysterious young man they rescue (Facinelli). Facinelli's other film credits include Can't Hardly Wait, Dancer, Texas Pop. 81, Telling You, Touch Me, Foxfire, and Angela, winner of the Filmmaker's Trophy at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival.
In 2002, he took a leading role on the Fox Action series Fastlane, but the series lasted only one season. Facinelli currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Jennie Garth, and their daughters Luca Bella and Lola Ray.
A native of Los Angeles, Nikki Reed became a screenwriter at the age of 13 and a film actress less than a year later. It started when director/writer Catherine Hardwicke began dating Reedâ??s father, Seth, an art director who has worked on films such as Minority Report and I Heart Huckabees. Hardwicke got to know the young teen and became interested in writing a film based on her life as a rebellious 13-year-old girl. They wrote the first draft in less than a week while Reed was on winter vacation. Hardwicke hurried the film along, hoping to shoot it the next summer while Reed was still the right age to star in it.
The film, entitled Thirteen (2003), went into production when Reed was 14, and she took the co-starring role as Evie rather than playing Tracy, the role based on her own life. Working opposite Holly Hunter and Evan Rachel Wood, Reed won a 2004 Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance, a 2003 Young Hollywood Award as "One to Watch - Female" and shared a Screenwriting Award with Catherine Hardwicke at the Nantucket Film Festival.
Back at school, Reed realized that she missed acting, and returned to work in the unreleased Man of God (2005) before re-teaming with Hardwicke for Lords of Dogtown (2005) starring Heath Ledger. Since then, she has completed the dark comedy Mini's First Time (2005) with Alec Baldwin and American Gun (2005) with Forest Whitaker.
When not working, Reed attends high school in West Los Angeles and is an accomplished gymnast and equestrian. She also enjoys painting.