Childhood stardom

Both actresses started out young (though they still are young), with <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB0004407" title="Kristen Stewart" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/kristen-stewart-PECLB0004407.topic">Kristen Stewart</a> in her first role at 8, and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB001627" title="Dakota Fanning" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/dakota-fanning-PECLB001627.topic">Dakota Fanning</a> in a Tide commercial at 5. At 12, Stewart got "Panic Room" with <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB001767" title="Jodie Foster" href="/topic/entertainment/jodie-foster-PECLB001767.topic">Jodie Foster</a>, but Fanning got "I Am Sam" with <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB003397" title="Sean Penn" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/sean-penn-PECLB003397.topic">Sean Penn</a>, earning a <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCIG0000041" title="Screen Actors Guild" href="/topic/entertainment/screen-actors-guild-ORCIG0000041.topic">SAG</a> Award nomination at age 7!<br>
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While Stewart went between smaller movies to larger ones growing up, Fanning had more attention and heavier roles with big co-stars.  Both actresses have now converged, doing three movies back-to-back-to-back together.<br>
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<b>Winner:</b> Fanning.  She has been the face of the child star.

( Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times / July 27, 2003 )

Both actresses started out young (though they still are young), with Kristen Stewart in her first role at 8, and Dakota Fanning in a Tide commercial at 5. At 12, Stewart got "Panic Room" with Jodie Foster, but Fanning got "I Am Sam" with Sean Penn, earning a SAG Award nomination at age 7!

While Stewart went between smaller movies to larger ones growing up, Fanning had more attention and heavier roles with big co-stars. Both actresses have now converged, doing three movies back-to-back-to-back together.

Winner: Fanning. She has been the face of the child star.

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