The Evolution Of Kristen Stewart: Follow The 'New Moon' Star's Career (& Hairstyles!) In Photos

Before anyone had ever heard of "Twilight," Kristen Stewart was one of the hottest young stars coming out of Hollywood. Her first major appearance was at age 11 starring opposite Jodie Foster in "Panic Room." After Panic Room, Kristen made appearances as Dennis Quaid and Sharon Stones daughter in "Cold Creek Manor" and starred as the main child spy in "Catch That Kid."

Click on the photo below to see what little KStew looked like when she first entered the spotlight and how she's changed since. Then, keep reading for more on her Hollywood history (hint: it involves a certain book saga) after the jump.

Despite her earlier mainstream fare, it was with 2004's Sundance Film Festival entry "Speak" that she started making a turn toward the more serious art films she prefers. And, it was then that she also met longtime (ex?) boyfriend Michael Angarano. She continued taking roles in smaller films like "Fierce People," "In The Land Of Women" and "Cake Eaters." She also had a minor but notable part opposite Emile Hirsch in the somber 2007 drama "Into The Wild."

Beyond critical acclaim, Kristen continued getting public attention with roles in "Zathura: A Space Adventure," "The Messengers" and "Jumper", but it wasn't until it was announced she would be playing the role of Bella in Catherine Hardwicke's "Twilight" adaptation that she earned herself worldwide fame ... for better or worse. Since the film's release, her life has been closely scrutinized by the public and she has been consistently romantically linked to costar Robert Pattinson.

Still, Kristen looks at her experience thus far with "Twilight" in a positive light. "It's made it easier to do things that I really like, things that like an independent movie that nobody would normally see, she said in an interview promoting the DVD release of her most recent film, "Adventureland."

Kristen is sure to continue to be a giant piece of the pop culture orbit with the next three "Twilight" films, starting with November's "New Moon." Even with such a popular story keeping her in the public eye, she still has not stopped making the types of edgy films she loves. Next, she's starring as a troubled stripper in "Welcome To The Rileys" and then as rocker Joan Jett in 2010's "The Runaways." "Now," she says of how her fans react to her movie choices, "it's like, 'Oh lets go see Bella in this stripper movie; it'll be crazy!'" she joked, showing that despite her public image, she doesn't take her fame too seriously.

Don't miss the other "Evolution Of..." honorees in our series so far: "Inglorious Basterds" actor Brad Pitt and "Bandslam" starlet Vanessa Hudgens.