Ashley Greene, 24, is beginning to see a future beyond Alice Cullen. Yes, the second-to-last Twilight installment will be released this fall, but she’s also starring in a new comedy, Butter, in theaters later this year—and she’s got quite a thing going on with her non-vampire boyfriend, Joe Jonas. She talks with writer Josh Patner about what’s next. [Editor’s note: Five days after this issue went to press, Greene and Jonas announced their split. Greene has declined to comment to Glamour about the breakup.]
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The Twilight Movies
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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 1
GLAMOUR: You have a truckload of experience with the Twilight films, but you are also just getting started. It’s kind of funny, right?
ASHLEY GREENE: I still am extremely green in some ways. And so each time I work on a character, it is very exciting, very scary.
GLAMOUR: What about your new movie, Butter? Are you funny in it? I mean, it’s about people who carve butter competitively!
ASHLEY GREENE: I am unintentionally funny in it. Yeah—butter carving in Iowa. It’s a thing there. They make masterpieces.
GLAMOUR: How do you define the rest of your career after being part of this huge Twilight phenomenon so early on?
ASHLEY GREENE: It is difficult because people look at you as that character. I want to play a role of a 24-year-old woman, not 17-year-old girls. So I have picked a couple of films like Butter to show that. And it’s perfectly fine not to do anything for a year if I don’t find the right thing.
GLAMOUR: To have a career like yours, you have to be professional. You have to be in control.
ASHLEY GREENE: You have to try. I am certainly not perfect. I don’t think you should try to be perfect for anyone. When you come to terms with that, then you’re OK.
GLAMOUR: So what about messy Hollywood, like the partying and drugs?
ASHLEY GREENE: I keep to the ground rules. I’m not going to get drunk at a bar. There are younger girls who look up to me. So I do my best not to stray too far.
GLAMOUR: Let’s just talk about life offscreen. Tell me about your charity work.
ASHLEY GREENE: I work with a charity called Donate My Dress. It’s got chapters all over the country where you can donate special-occasion dresses. Prom is a big deal when you’re 15 years old, and it enables girls who don’t have the money to come in and choose something special.
GLAMOUR: That’s lovely. Your parents must be so proud.
ASHLEY GREENE: The only thing they ever wanted was for me to do what I wanted to. They are very proud because it’s a hard thing to not let Hollywood change you.
GLAMOUR: Have you always been a hard worker?