Stewart began acting at age eight, after an agent saw her perform in her elementary school's Christmas play. After auditioning for a year, she got her first role with a small, nonspeaking part in the Disney Channel television film The Thirteenth Year She also appeared in the independent film The Safety Of Objects And She was nominated for a Young Artist Award for her performance, Stewart resides in Los Angeles.In 2017, she stated that she is bisexual, saying, "You're not confused if you're bisexual. It's not confusing at all. For me, it's quite the opposite." In 2019, Stewart discussed the perceived impact of her sexuality on the success of her career, saying she had been warned not to be public with her girlfriend so that someone could cast her in mainstream roles. She said: "I don't want to work with people like that." Stewart identifies as a feminist. She suffers from equinophobia, the fear of horses.