Catherine Hardwicke grew up in McAllen, Texas and began her career working as a production designer on films directed by Richard Linklater, David O. Russell, Cameron Crowe, Lisa Cholodenko, and Costa Gavras. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from UT Austin, and did graduate work in animation at UCLA Film School. Hardwicke’s most recent film is Miss Bala, starring Gina Rodriguez and Ismael Cruz Cordova. Hardwicke’s first film as a director was the critically-acclaimed Thirteen. Hardwicke has since become best known as the director of Twilight, which launched the worldwide blockbuster franchise, The Twilight Saga.
Hardwicke’s other credits include the classic skateboard film with Heath Ledger and Emile Hirsch, Lords of Dogtown, Red Riding Hood with Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman, and The Nativity Story with Oscar Isaac and Keisha Castle-Hughes. Her previous film, Miss You Already, was an intimate look at the lives of two dynamic best friends as they go through very challenging times. Starring Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette, Dominic Cooper and Jacqueline Bisset. Also in 2015, Hardwicke directed the video for the Oscar nominated song by Lady Gaga and Diane Warren: Til It Happens to You. The video highlighted the rape crisis on college campuses as exposed in the documentary The Hunting Ground. Hardwicke has also ventured into television, directing episodes of This is Us, Hell on Wheels, Low Winter Sun and the pilots of Reckless and EyeWitness, as well as developing original series at multiple studios.
— Common Sense MediaDirector Catherine Hardwicke and star Rodriguez wisely keep the focus on Gloria's realistic emotional and intellectual journey, making this a grounded actioner with a female-empowerment heart.
— Rolling StoneThere's a reason that Twilight has already become the movie equivalent of a bestseller: The love story has teeth.
— Owen Glieberman/ Entertainment WeeklyDirector Catherine Hardwicke works with such flair and fury it’s as if the camera were jutting right out of her heart.