Ashley Greene's new projects: Is there life beyond 'Twilight'?

Ashley-Greene_lThe Twilight series’ Ashley Greene is certainly keeping busy when she’s not playing vampire Alice Cullen. In addition to New Moon, Greene’s got the trashy slasher movie Summer’s Moon out on DVD Nov. 10. And just last week, there was news she was in talks to star in the supernatural thriller The Apparition. I don’t have much to say about either project yet (although, a DVD splatter movie called Summer’s Moon timed for release in the same month as soon-to-be-blockbuster New Moon is inspired marketing, yes?) But it did get me thinking about what could lie ahead for an actress like Greene who gets monumental exposure with a supporting role in a series like Twilight. On the surface, it seems like hitting the jackpot for an actor to land a regular, high-profile gig like that. On the other hand, the rabid fanbases for Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings didn’t translate into flourishing careers for all of the actors in those series. So while it seems fairly likely that we’ll be seeing Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart branching out, I’m not convinced that Twilight necessarily launches Greene onto Hollywood’s A-list. What do you think — will she forever be branded the vampire girl?

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  • Taylor

    She isn’t yet an A-lister but she has potential….if she stops starring in horror films. Horror films do not equal hollywood elite. However, I think the girl can act, so here’s hopin!

  • Ceballos

    Well, a supporting role in a Harry Potter movie did wonders for at least one young actor’s career – um, ROBERT PATTINSON!!

    Other than that, most of the (older) actors in the Harry Potter franchise are veterans who are already successful/well-thought of. I’m not sure your “Lord of the Rings” example works either since Viggo Mortensen, Dominic Monaghan and Orlando Bloom (and that’s just off the top of my head) have each done more than pretty well since then.

    I’d say Green’s chances are pretty good, especially when you consider that she’s had the added “monumental exposure” of those topless pics. (A real sign that you’ve arrived – when people care that there are topless pics of you.)

    • ernie

      Word. I think HP and LOTR did wonders for the actors in it. Do you think that one hobbit would have gotten that LOST gig without LOTR? Dan’s on Broadway, Emma is doing stuff, and Rupert has been in other movies. Everyone in Harry Potter is enjoying acting success.
      I hate Twilight though, so I’m not rooting for Green, muah haha.

  • Anne

    Being in Twilight alone is not enough, but take someone like Anna Kendrick, who’s getting Oscar Buzz for Up In The Air. It’s up to the individual actors and the choices they make. Where they started just gives them more leverage when getting roles. But the drive and talent has to be there underneath that.

  • Melissa

    The difference between those in ‘Lord of the Rings’ and Ms. Green is that she has youth on her side. She’s still in the process of cultivating her career and certainly these next few roles that she decides on will be the building blocks of a future career. Everyone has to start somewhere. It’s a matter of whether she uses this attention to her advantage and chooses wisely.

  • Danny

    I think her name will forever be limked to Twilight, but not her face. her hair in twilight was short and spikey. Her real hair looks alot better, longer and sexier. I hope she has a really long career!

  • marah

    the whole weekend new moon comes out, she’s doing HOURS of signings at 2 movie theaters in suburban chicago. like 20 hours. an hour outside the city. i would say she’s definitely not even b-list at this point. you just have to buy an $8 movie ticket to meet her.

  • DW

    I saw Twilight twice, and I don’t even know who this woman is. It’s going to take a lot more than that franchise to give her a lasting career.

  • Lipstuck

    Are you just looking for twihits on your site? Speculating on whether Ashley will have a career outside of Twilight without having seen either of the movies she has shot since seems like a rather silly exercise.

    She is a very good actress (and one of best things about Summer’s Moon)and will have no problem getting work once the franchise ends.

  • Francesco Sinibaldi

    Noche encantada.

    Las estrellas,
    en la inmensidad
    de un cielo
    cristalino, pintan
    el ritmo de
    un sueño silente
    y también encantado
    como el verso
    del sol que
    recuerda la rima.

    Francesco Sinibaldi

  • Kelsey

    I’m sorry, but I really don’t see where you got the idea that HP and LOTR hadn’t brought success to their stars. Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom and Dominic Monaghan all seem to be doing well. Most of the older HP actors already had established careers, and Radcliffe, Grint and Watson have all branched out.
    This seems like a pretty limp exercise to me, but whatever.
    The question you should be asking is, “If HP and LOTR didn’t bring success (assuming it’s true, even if it isn’t), why would Twilight, which is garbage in comparison, bring success?”
    I also find it ironic that HP never brought anyone any kind of exposure or success…unless you’re talking about R-O-B-E-R-T P-A-T-T-I-N-S-O-N. Does anyone seriously think he’d be Edward Cullen if he hadn’t been Cedric Diggory first? If you do, I have a bridge to sell you.

  • Lynn

    How incredibly dumb to insist (incorrectly, but that’s beside the point) that Harry Potter didn’t translate to success for its actors, when the ENTIRE POINT of this article is to shill for a franchise whose lead got his big break in a Harry Potter film.
    Why don’t you ask Robert Pattinson how playing Cedric Diggory was a big road to nowhere.
    Irony, anyone?

  • Palwasha

    she is gorgeous and she is a good actress .if she signs other projects she will made her place in the Hollywood.i like her sweet smile

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