Ashley Greene in Esquire Mexico: New Interview and Photoshoot

Ashley Greene shot an exclusive photoshoot for Esquire Mexico, which also features a brand new, long interview. The magazine calls her “the hottest girl in Twilight” and “the most huggable person on Earth”. The new photoshoot is absolutely gorgeous. Take a look at the scans:


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Here’s the complete translation to the interview. As always, please only post an excerpt and link back to the rest. Translating/scanning takes time and effort. Thanks for understanding.

One time Jodie Foster told me she felt bad for the young Twilight cast, because there’s no time to get used to that ammount of success so suddenly. They’re normal kids, and the next day their phones are inundated with phonecalls, there’s paparazzi everywhere, and their computers are victims of hackers. My question is – what is it like to go from working at a bowling alley, to being part of a worldwide phenomenon adored by millions and millions of people, and being featured in the lists of the sexiest people alive? I caught up with Ashley at the Chateau Marmont to find that out. I didn’t find a random starlet, but a 24 year old woman that even Jodie Foster herself would’ve loved to hug.

What were you like as a child?
I was rough. My aprents would be like “don’t go on the trampoline, or you’ll break something” and I would go for it anyway and break a bone. And I would break the same bone again.
My friend’s brother was 14, I was 10. The difference in size is huge at that age. He jumped, landed on his back, and when he bounced back up his knee hit me in the leg so strongly that it actually broke. He broke my femur, which is the longest, hardest bone to break in a human body. I knew it was broken because I had broken my arm twice before. But it didn’t end there. When my femur was healing, my brother was taking me out on a wheelchair. Baggy pants were in style, so his pants dropped, he let go of my chair to pull them up and I flew across the street. The first thing he said was “Don’t tell mom!” but he broke my femur again and I had to wear a full body cast. Luckily we had insurance, poor mom. I’ve broken my skull twice. One time trying to do a back flip in a pool. Instead of jumping backward I jumped forward, hit my head on the floor, knocked myself unconscious and thn fell on the pool. Mom had to jump in and save me. The second time my brother was chasing me around the house. I turned around to see if he was behind me and I smashed my head against a wall. I feel like I shouldn’t tell people these things, they don’t make me sound very smart.

Well, you were lucky nothing worse happened.
I still have the four scars from when I broke my femur. I had to get special nails. I thought maybe I should have them fixed, but I’m ok with who I am.

How are men around you?
I always wanted to be like my brother, because he was a year and a half older than me. That’s when I got into martial arts. I could never beat him at taekwondo, but I was pretty good. I always beat the girls, so I had to compete with the boys. I had a crush on a boy that everybody called Spitfire, because he was so fast, one time I punched his nose. So that relationship didn’t work out. I’m pretty sure he ended up hating me.

When did you you know you wanted to be an actress?
I found out with time. When I was little were lived in a small time and we didn’t have a lot of money. But my brother and I didn’t know at the time. We had fun making mud pies. My dad was a marine, he supported the house by himself so mom didn’t have to work. She raised us. My brother and I never had videogames, and we couldn’t watch TV. The rule was – one hour of TV every third day.

So what made you want to be an actress?
We moved to Jackson and we had a law class. We had a court and we had trials. That didn’t make me want to be a lawyer, but wanting to play one. That took me to an acting lesson, and as soon as I walked in the first time I just knew.

How did you go from Jacksonville to Hollywood?
It all started with my bellybotton ring. I wanted to get one when I was 14. I kept asking mom for one. I had to have. She finally said yes, but I had to clean my own room for three months. My room had never been clean. But I neded up doing everything she asked, so she eventually let me get it. We both realized I would do anything to get what I wanted.

And how did the bellyring take you to the other side of the country?
I got bored with it. As soon as I got it, it lost meaning to me. Getting it was what had meaning to me. Whe I was 17, out of the blue, I felt ready. I told my parents “I’m going to LA to become and actress”. My dad put his foot down, and said absolutely not, his daughter was not moving to the other side of the country. Everybody thought I was crazy, and that I was going to the University of Florida. They told me “If it doesn’t work out after a year, you’re coming home”.
It’s not easy for a complete unknown to make it in one year. But I was naive, and that worked for me. The city didn’t seem discouraging or scary. I was happy. I just wanted a chance. As I was waiting for auditions, I worked at a nice Bowling Alley called Lucky Strike. I worked night shifts at a hotel lobby. There would be rich, young Hollywood guys with tons of money hittin on us. They became demanding. That wasn’t easy. My dad told me on the phone that it was time to go home.

And when did you get your big break?
As the year was ending I got the role of stabbing victim in Crossing Jordan. That’s a hard thing to do as your first job ever. In the scene I’m dating a guy, who stabs me. I didn’t tell my mom I died on the show. She was so angry “You have to tell me if they’re killing my dauther on TV!”. I didn’t think about it, but it must be hard to watch that as a parent.

You did a lot of little roles. How did you get the role in Twilight?
My agent got me an audition for one of the big casting companies. They told me I had to focus. They were not worried with me getting the role; they wanted me to make a good impression so I would get call backs for other projects. They would never want to see me again if I sucked. The description of the character read “17 year old girl” and that’s it. What could I do with that? So I asked for the script and my agent said I couldn’t have it. “So you’re telling me not to blow it but I don’t even have something to work on?”. That’s when she told me it was based on a series of books. I didn’t know Twilight, so I bought the books, read them and read the first in a day and a half. I was obsessed. I had to read the second book. All the girls want to be Bella, and find their Edward. Vampires are alluring. They wanted me to audition for Edward’s sister, Alice. It was my favorite character. She was fun, had a crazy past. I auditioned a few times, I couldn’t think of anything else. And they held back their decision. So my agent called me and said “I’m so sorry…. you’re going to have to cut your hair. You got the role”. I screamed so loud I probably scared everybody. I called my mom. My dad almost cried, he knew how much I wanted the role. A week before going on location my friend told me “this is going to change your life”. We didn’t know exactly what that meant, but soon enough I found out. I started to have fansites. I thought “fansites? But the movie is not even out yet!” The book was already very popular. People loved the characters, so they transfered that love to us. We had paparazzi following us bfore the movie came out.

What happened after the movie came out?
You can’t come to terms with it. One day I’m trying to make a living, and the next day I’m on a red carpet. Or flying to London for a premiere, and there’s fans screaming for me. It’s surreal. Even your family starts treating you differently. My cousins didn’t know how to act around me anymore. I wasn’t just Ashley anymore. People I grew up with looked at me like I was someone else, and got very nervous around me. I’d be like “Dude, I’m your cousin”.

You were romantically linked to Joe Jonas. Was it hard to deal with paparazzi during that time?
When you date someone who’s very famous, it can be very intense. It’s stupid because there’s crowds of paparazzi around you, stumbling on each other, walking backwards, asking the stupidest questions. They don’t realize you feel like you’re choking.

Are you worried about being typecast?
I was lucky that Alice and I are alike. So it felt like I was just wearing a Halloween costume, They didn’t have to cut my hair, I wore a wig, vampire make up, yellow contacts. My voice is higher when I’m Alice. I really can’t be typcast with that role. How many happy vampires do you know?

What did you do after Twilight?
I took a different turn and did The Apparition. It’s a thriller. During one scene I actually lost myself. I was so into the scene that I8 reacted like the character would. Ashley wasn’t there anymore. It had never happened to me before. I had never connected emotionally to a character. I was crying on the set. I was proud of that, because guarding yourself comes naturally. Nobody wants to suffer. Making yourself feel real pain is a crazy thing to do. At lunch I asked myself if was ready to go through that again. It’s horrible but awesome at the same time. Part of me thought: I don’t want to do this again. It hurts so much. And I would cry again. You don’t know how happy I was when it was over. But I’m happy I did it.

Are you looking forward to trying different things after Twilight?
Twilight gave me a trampoline in which I feel like I can jump and nothing can stop me.

As Ashley tells me about her new comedy Butter, and her movie LOL with Miley Cyrus I realize that she’s still that little girl who jumped on a trampoline, After we’re done with dinner, she opens her arms and gives me the warmest goodbye ever.

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5 Responses to “Ashley Greene in Esquire Mexico: New Interview and Photoshoot”

  1. Ashley Greene (@AshleyMGreene) in Esquire Mexico: New Interview and Photoshoot Scans and translation-

  2. .@AshleyMGreene fans, don’t miss this beautiful new photoshoot for Esquire Mexico: Plus, a very funny new interview.

  3. Bobbie says:

    This is both street smart and ientlleignt.

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