Ashley Greene is an American actress and model, best known for her portrayal of Alice Cullen in the ‘The Twilight Saga’ series of films. She has also earned widespread fame and recognition for her striking performances in the movies, ‘Skateland’, ‘Summer Blood’, ‘The Apparition’, ‘A Warrior’s Heart’, ‘Wish I Was Here’, and ‘In Dubious Battle’. Ashley, right from an early stage in her life, displayed traits of tomboyishness and daredevilry, competing with Joe, her elder brother, in taekwondo, and even going on to win numerous awards. Her boisterous and hardihood temperament saw her socializing with girls much older to her that eventually dented her sense of worth and self-confidence. Her mother encouraged her to attend modeling classes in order to boost up her self-esteem but her short stature put paid to her dream of becoming a model. For a while, she focused on doing commercials and advertisements but later on contemplated on becoming a public prosecutor. However, after attending a few acting classes, she made up her mind, once and for all, to become an actress, and relocated to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. After struggling for nearly three years, performing minor roles in low-profile TV programs and films, she landed the part of ‘Alice Cullen’ following an extended auditioning process and never looked back after that.
Childhood & Early Life
Ashley Greene was born on 21 February 1987 in Jacksonville, Florida to Joseph Lacy Greene and Michele Tatum Greene. Her father, is an ex-US Marine, who now runs his own concrete business while her mother is an insurance executive.
She has an elder brother named Joe Greene who is also an actor. She spent her growing up years in Jacksonville and Middleburg, first attending the University Christian School but later on enrolled in Wolfson High School when she was promoted to 10th grade.
Ashley was daredevil and tomboyish by nature right from her childhood and tried to outdo her brother in physically challenging activities like taekwondo. She recalls being disallowed from sparring with girls in her taekwondo class as she landed heavy blows on them.
Owing to her overly outgoing and unruly disposition, she discovered that she preferred going out with girls many years senior to her. Her intermingling with elder girls greatly hurt her self-confidence and her mother got her admitted in modeling classes to enhance her flagging self-esteem.
Owing to her short height, she was discouraged from pursuing a career in modeling and was recommended to concentrate on doing advertisements. She acted in commercials for ‘Mark Cosmetics’ and Apple Inc’s’ iPod’.
She went to the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in New York City to attend acting classes, following which she became convinced that she wanted to be an actress. She finally moved to Los Angeles at age seventeen and persevered for almost three years, accepting bit roles in films and TV serials.
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During the initial part of her acting career, Ashley Green got small roles in shows like ‘Crossing Jordan’ and ‘Mad TV’. Her debut role on the big screen was fleetingly appearing as a customer in a McDonald’s outlet in the film, ‘King of California followed by an equally brief appearance in ‘Otis’.
The turning point in her career came in 2008 when she landed a supporting role in the movie ‘Twilight’. She was selected to portray Alice Cullen, a vampire, and sister of Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), the protagonist. Ashley had originally auditioned for the role of Bella Swan, the lead actress but Kristen Stewart ended up bagging the part.
'Twilight' and all the subsequent movie sequels (The Twilight Saga film series) are cinematic adaptations of a series of novels penned by Stephenie Meyer, having identical names.
Greene reprised her role as Alice Cullen in all the five Twilight Saga movies: ‘Twilight’, ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’, ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’, and ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 & Part 2’. The Twilight movie sequels turned out to be blockbusters and the first four installments grossed revenues in excess of $2.5 billion.
The stupendous success of the entire series of The Twilight films rubbed off on Ashley as she was flooded with film offers.
She was cast as Michelle Burkham in the drama movie, ‘Skateland’ that was first screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010. Her portrayal of Brooklyn Milligan in ‘A Warrior’s Heart’ wowed her fans and critics equally. She shared screen space with renowned actors Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Garner in the movie ‘Butter’ (2011).
In 2012, she portrayed a character sharing her name in the romantic-comedy film, ‘LOL’ acting alongside celebrity actress Demi Moore and noted singer, Miley Cyrus. She depicted the leading character, Kelly in the supernatural horror film, ‘Apparition’ (2012) and enacted Lisa Krystal in the period movie, ‘CBGB’ (2013).
Over the next few years, she featured in movies such as ‘Burying the Ex’ (2014), ‘Staten Island Summer’ (2014), ‘Staten Island Summer’ (2015), ‘Shangri-La Suite’ (2015), ‘Urge’ (2015), and ‘In Dubious Battle’ (2016).
She lent her voice to ‘Barbara Gordon’ and ‘Batgirl’ respectively in the video games, ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ and ‘Batgirl: A Matter of Family’. Both the video games were launched in 2015.
Salary Controversy Relating to the Twilight Film Series
Ashley together with her co-star, Kellan Lutz attempted to renegotiate their salaries for the two ‘Breaking Dawn’ movies of ‘The Twilight Saga’ film sequels. Following threats from the production company, they agreed to accept $1.25 million each.
Ashley Greene has had several flings in the past. She has been in relationships with Josh Henderson, Chance Crawford, Ian Somerhalder, Rafi Gavron, Seth Mcfarlane, Brock Kelly, Joe Jonas, Ryan Phillippe, and Reeve Carney.
In 2016, she got engaged to Paul Khoury.
She divides her time between living in New York City and Los Angeles.
Ashley regards Audrey Hepburn as her role model and has watched her movie, ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ several times.