Kristen Stewart‘s an established industry stalwart, and she spent 2012 riding the high of two blockbuster films (Snow White and the Huntsman and Breaking Dawn – Part 2) and a well-received indie (On the Road). But nothing quite says domination like true redemption, and perhaps the most amazing thing she did in 2012 was survive a “sex scandal” — a.k.a. the entertainment media’s favorite past time. Yes, she was caught cheating on her long-term boyfriend with her older, married director, a low point for sure. But it was how she handled the aftermath — with a very raw apology, wise career choices (adios, Cali) and a brave face at promotional events — in addition to her stellar career, interview red carpet moments, that earned her a spot on our list. It’s one thing to make movies that sell. But it’s another thing to rise above personal drama to be born again as a bigger person … and bigger star.
Dominating Moment: Celebrating and promoting On the Road at Cannes, a professional high point for anyone in the movie biz. It didn’t hurt that she also showed up to boyfriend Robert Pattinson‘s Cosmopolis premiere in Cannes showing off her tightest red carpet game ever.
Best Appearances: Cannes was huge, obviously, but there was nothing more nail-bitingly huge than Kristen’s first public appearance following “the incident”: walking the On the Road red carpet at the Toronto Film Festival, looking nervous but still confident and collected.
And then there was that time she played giant quarters with Jimmy Fallon while barefoot in a LBD. NBD.
What We Expect From Her in 2013: She’ll be starring in Focus, but we also expect her to lay low, hang with her dogs, and dig into some new projects. And our fingers are still crossed for a cookbook.
The 12 Celebs Who Dominated In 2012:
12. Ryan Lochte
11. Rebel Wilson
10. Frank Ocean
9. Damian Lewis
8. Lena Dunham
7. Blue Ivy Carter
6. Matthew McConaughey
5. Channing Tatum
4. Honey Boo Boo
3. Kristen Stewart