Daily Actor recently talked with Ashley about her new film Skateland, her acting career and her advice to other actors.
So, what was your first big role in L.A.?
Ashley: Honestly, Twilight was the big, huge lucky break. The first year was tons of classes and me figuring out myself. The second year was lots of auditions and a lot of people saying, ‘We like her, but she doesn’t have a lot on her resume.’ But I just kept feeding myself and learning. And then finally, a little into the second year, I would get small [parts] like Punked and Crossing Jordan, small TV roles and really small roles in films because the directors liked me but I wasn’t a name. And then you know, Twilight came along and I auditioned five times and forced them to put me in the movie.
You’ve worked with a lot of really great, smart actors. When you work with people like that, do you take anything from them?
Ashley Greene: Absolutely, I think that part of being a good actor is, most of being a good actor is listening and life experience. I can’t tell you how many times that something will happen to me and I’m like you know what, this sucks right now, but I can use this one day. And it’s the same thing on set. I worked with Michael Sheen, and I just was sitting there staring at him like who is this man? Because he’s so incredible. And so yeah, I definitely sit down and pick their brain. A lot of stuff I learn is honestly just sitting down and chatting with people, not even about acting necessarily, just about life and their experiences and how they deal with them.
Read the rest of the Q&A here.