Ashley Greene covers Lucky March 2012. Honestly, this is 90% uneventful except for an interview question about swapping spit with Butter co-star Olivia Wilde. Since I’m not one to bury the lede either, Greene said of her 10-minutes of lesbianism: ‘It wasn’t that awkward. It’s the same idea as having to kiss a male co-star and it’s not real. Olivia is such a cool chick and very professional. So we were just messing around and cracking up in between scenes, and it ended up being really fun. Now I’m the envy of every straight male.’ More below.
- On her career, post-Twilight: ‘I won’t lie, there are times when I’m like, ‘Why is this so hard?’ You come off a high like Twilight and then you get dropped back down to reality. Twilight has given me something to skyrocket off of. But now that it’s ending, there’s so much work to be done. And if I don’t do it, then Twilight’s all I’m ever going to be known for, as great as it is.’
- On being a working actor with that grand of a past: ‘Basically I went from ‘dying to get a gig’ to ‘dying to get the gig that everyone wants.’ So now I’m in this realm with a lot of highly respected actresses, which is an amazing place to be, but also kind of terrifying. I mean, I think I’m doing all right. But the main focus is trying to solidify my spot in Hollywood because, you know, I’m not there yet.’
- On her self-image: ‘My mother put me in modeling classes because I had low self-esteem. I was friends with older people, so I was always around someone more mature who boys responded to. I think that kind of messed with me. She never actually wanted me to be a model; she just wanted me to feel good about myself. But then there was a chain reaction. The modeling class led to acting classes. All of a sudden I wanted to be an actor, and of course, my mother was like, ‘Oh, great, what did I do?’’
- On how to make it past the Hollywood cliches: ‘I was like ‘Oh, I can go out and do this and do that,’ and it took me about five seconds to realize ‘If you do that, you’re not going to book jobs, and there are 10,000 girls who want your job.’ Yeah [partying and stuff]. It’s all glitz and glamour in Hollywood, and you want to be part of it. And the deadly thing is that you meet people who do have the money and do have fame and are in a position to not spend every waking moment working toward getting a job, and it’s easy to feel like you can do it too, when really you haven’t earned it. You can either socialize or you can study your script, and luckily I learned that pretty quick!’
- On how she learned she landed the Twilight role: ‘I’d fallen in love with the book, so I was like ‘I need to be part of this, and that’s all there is to it,’ I prepped as much as I possibly could. I answered [my phone] a little grumpily, but when my agent told me the news, I freaked out and called my parents… and my dad almost cried, which was kind of cool. My dad was a Marine; he doesn’t cry a lot.’
- On her ideal romantic partner, although she’s single at the moment: ‘What’s most attractive to me is someone who has the same amount of drive as I do, someone who’s equally passionate about what they do, and equally busy. But I think that would be a tall order.’
- On her fear of losing it all: ‘I’m so laser-focused on my career, because when you’re dealt these cards, if you don’t kind of run with it, then you’re an idiot. You’ve gotta take advantage of what you’ve been given.’