Greene’s stake in film history

2012-10-27 18:32

On the morning of the day the press was due to be given access to Ashley Greene – better known as Alice Cullen in the Twilight ­series – the online tabloid headlines screamed that she’d ditched her boyfriend, Reeve Carney.

But thanks to a fierce American publicist, no one got to ask about that.

Greene, slender and sporting long, soft red curls in contrast with Alice’s jet-black pixie cut, is a well-spoken, gracious young woman of 25, who complimented South Africa lavishly.

“The air is so clean and the people are so happy,” was her summary of a trip that had so far taken her to Pumba ­Private Game Reserve and Joburg’s Melrose Arch.

Sporting a pair of shiny black stilettos you could have staked a vampire with, the star said her weirdest Twihard – the name given to Twilight fans – experience was a woman asking if she’d like her husband.

“I wasn’t sure how to respond to that,” laughed the star.

Breaking Dawn Part 1 grossed in excess of $700 million (R6 billion) worldwide and so far South Africans have forked out a whopping R92 million to see all four of the films in the franchise, with a third of that raised from Breaking Dawn Part 1.

In a world gone Twilight crazy, Greene says she keeps balance in her life thanks to her family.

“Hollywood is an industry of ‘yes’, so it’s important to have ‘no’ people in your life”.

With Alice as her big-break role she’ll be hoping some of those “yeses” are for roles far removed from her vampiric start to keep her from an actor’s most feared curse – immortal typecasting.

» Breaking Dawn Part 2 will be released on November 16

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