Ashley Greene Ready to Move on from ‘Twilight’

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Although Twilight helped launch Ashley Greene into the spotlight, the 24-year-old actress is ready to be taken seriously as an actress and land leading role. Best known for playing Alice Cullen in the vampire franchise, Ashley recently opened up to Lucky magazine to dish about her struggles to break through and prove her worth in Hollywood.

Twilight has given me something to skyrocket off of,” Ashley tells the magazine. “But now that it’s ending, there’s so much work to be done. And if I don’t do it, then Twilight’s all I’m ever going to be known for, as great as it is.”

She continues: “Basically I went from ‘dying to get a gig’ to ‘dying to get the gig that everyone wants. So now I’m in this realm with a lot of highly respected actresses, which is an amazing place to be, but also kind of terrifying.”

Although her fame came quickly, Ashley thanks her lucky stars that she didn’t fall victim to the bad habits of partying all night long — like other young starlets have faced.

“I was like ‘Oh, I can go out and do this and do that,’ and it took me about five seconds to realize ‘If you do that, you’re not going to book jobs, and there are 10,000 girls who want your job,'” she said.

“Yeah. It’s all glitz and glamour in Hollywood, and you want to be part of it. And the deadly thing is that you meet people who do have the money and do have fame and are in a position to not spend every waking moment working toward getting a job, and it’s easy to feel like you can do it too, when really you haven’t earned it. You can either socialize or you can study your script, and luckily I learned that pretty quick!”