November 16, 2011 12:00 PM

KRISTEN STEWART LIKES TO MIX THINGS UP. Since becoming famous as the star-crossed Bella, she has taken on roles including ’80s rocker Joan Jett (The Runaways), a lap dancer (Welcome to the Rileys), a ’60s drifter (the upcoming On the Road) and now a fairy-tale princess (she’s currently filming Snow White and the Huntsman). Even when she’s back in Twilight mode, she likes the mix of highs and lows that comes with falling in love-and having a baby-with a vampire. “It’s definitely not your typical birth scene,” she said at Comic-Con of her favorite Breaking Dawn moment. “It took two days to shoot, it was really hard. There’s this part where Bella’s choking on blood that she’s been drinking, and then a moment of sheer exuberance of looking at your baby for the first time. That was fun.”

Offscreen Stewart, 21, is equally determined to keep things multidimensional. Having long cultivated a part-hippie-part-hipster vibe, the actress recently divulged that she’s also a golfer. And she tends to veer between wild extremes when it comes to the way she dresses. Describing herself as “a Converse and jeans kind of girl” at a recent runway show, she pointed to the heels she had on and said, “These are a big departure for me.” Yet she recently told Women’s Wear Daily, “I know everyone thinks I wear black all the time, but I really do love vibrant colors.” She has graced the covers of Vogue and Win the past year, and her longtime stylist Tara Swennen insists that the actress has become a big fan of fashion. “She’s fearless and is really willing to take risks,” says Swennen.

When it comes to her private life, however, the publicity-shy Stewart has remained thoroughly consistent. You’d be far more likely to find her checking out an obscure band in a Hollywood dive bar than you would at the latest, trendy nightclub. And though frequently trailed by paparazzi, she fiercely fights to keep her personal life from being affected by her day job. “It’s a funny thing,” she told W. “You want so badly for people to see what you do-you’re proud of it-and I like the effect that movies have on people. But the attention can also make me uncomfortable. In certain situations, people say to me, ‘C’mon, what’s wrong with you?’ I apologize. I love what I’m doing, but I’m a little uncomfortable.” Even her family is not exempt from that uneasiness. “Occasionally my dad will flip the TV on, and it’s cool to look at some movie that I’m in for one second,” she has said. “And then, ‘Dude, off. Now. Like, cut it out.'”

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