ByKarly Rayner, writer at Creators.co
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Karly Rayner

Mackenzie Foy, who played Edward and Bella's daughter in Twilight, is still on the up and up as an actress, but you might not even recognize her now she's become a fresh-faced young teen.

This LA based young actress was born to a homemaker and a truck driver, and although she had no showbiz connection, Foy's angelic curls and cherubic face meant that she began a career as a child model aged just 3 years old.

Mackenzie Foy as a young child model
Mackenzie Foy as a young child model

As Mackenzie grew older, it was clear that she had an affinity for acting and she began guest starring in shows such as FlashForward and Hawaii Five-0. Just a year later, she was cast as Renesmee in the latter Twilight movies, Breaking Dawn Parts I and II.

Landing a role in one of the most successful young adult franchises of all time at the tender age of ten is no mean feat, so it should come as no surprise that Mackenzie has continued to land prominent roles since she first hit the silver screen five years ago.

Mackenzie alongside Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in Twilight
Mackenzie alongside Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in Twilight

In February 2012, Mackenzie remained true to her dark supernatural roots when she was cast as Cindy Perron in the critically acclaimed horror movie, The Conjuring.

Mackenzie's spine-chilling performance as Cindy Perron sleepwalking her way through demonic possession was one of the stand out scenes of the movie, and her skill as a young actor was part of the reason that The Conjuring has been referred to as "one of the smartest, most viscerally effective thrillers in recent memory."

In 2014, Mackenzie Foy took on her meatiest role to date in Christopher Nolan's Sci-Fi smash hit, Interstellar. Playing the young Murphey, 13-year-old Mackenzie received a lot of screen time, but a lot of people didn't recognize her from her Twilight past.

Mackenzie Foy with Matthew McConaughey in Interstellar
Mackenzie Foy with Matthew McConaughey in Interstellar

This is probably largely due to the significant growth in Mackenzie's acting ability which has gone from Golden Raspberry nominated to being almost universally praised by critics. In part. Mackenzie herself credits Matthew McConaughey's influence for the improvement, she told Verge that:

"Mr. Matthew is an amazing guy! I miss him so much. He taught me how to be more loose and not to be so stiff. He is very relaxed."

Mackenzie in Twilight and Interstellar (left to right)
Mackenzie in Twilight and Interstellar (left to right)

Recently, Mackenzie has wrapped voicing The Little Girl in an upcoming English-language French-Canadian animation, The Little Prince. While this production isn't too well know, Mackenzie's appearance at Cannes has been garnering a lot of press attention due to how grown up the young star looked on the red carpet.

Although Mackenzie is clearly an up and coming actor to look out for, the teenager has other aspirations for her future.

According to Wikipedia, Mackenzie was inspired to become a director by working with Bill Condon, the director of both Breaking Dawn films, and is planning to go to film school.

Are you surprised by how grown up Renesmee looks now?

(Source: Huffington Post, Wikipedia and Verge)