Ashley Greene wants “Twilight” fans to know that filming of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” is “moving forward,” despite cast and crew having to be evacuated on March 11, 2011, due to a tsunami warning. On March 14, 2011, I sat down with Greene (who plays vampire Alice Cullen in the “Twilight” series) for an interview at the New York City press junket for her movie “Skateland,” a coming-of-age drama that takes place in 1983. (“Skateland” is set for a U.S. release on May 13, 2011.)
Greene gave me an update on what’s been going on with “Breaking Dawn” since filming of the two-part movie was temporarily interrupted. She also voiced her concerns and condolences for Japan, which has experienced massive devastation as a result of the earthquake and tsunami that struck on March 11.
Here is what Greene said about the whole situation and how she is dealing with the fame that has come her way because of the “Twilight” series. The rest of the interview will be published in May, the week that “Skateland” hits U.S. theaters. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1″ is set for release on November 18, 2011. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2″ is scheduled to arrive in cinemas on November 16, 2012.
The after-effects of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan temporarily halted filming of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” in Canada’s Vancouver area. What’s the latest update on the filming?
Everything kind of got turned upside down and inside out. We got the least of the brunt of things. We have to be thankful for that. But really, it’s more about that we had to pick up and move to a different location and switch scenes around, but we are certainly moving forward and carrying on. It’s not really going to affect the film too harshly.
Do you have any comment on the disasters that have hit Japan?
I’ve certainly voiced my opinion — as have a lot of my other friends — about raising money for Japan and being with them and praying for them, because I think it’s something unpredictable and horrible and unexpected and really unfortunate and heartbreaking. I certainly send out my prayers and my thoughts to the people and to their loved ones and lost ones. And hopefully, we as Americans are going to do everything we can to help them rebuild.