After a talent scout caught her grade school performance in a Christmas play at the age of eight, she appeared on television in a few small roles.
Her first significant role came when she was cast as Sam Jennings in The Safety of Objects (2001).
And it took 10 years." Indeed, nearly a full decade after playing the brooding vampire Edward Cullen in a movie for the first of five times in five years, and in so doing rocketing to international stardom, if not acclaim, the dashing 31-year-old Brit is attracting the best reviews of his career.
"I just really, really went after it," he says with a smile.
She teamed it with a simple pair of blue jeans as she continued to flaunt her recently acquired platinum blonde buzzcut.