At Comic-Con, shortly after some very crowded press conferences and showing fans the first footage from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, I was able to sit down with Ashley Greene for an exclusive interview. We talked about being at Comic-Con, working for director Bill Condon, what was it like to make the final two Twilight films, what kind of projects is she looking to do next, her other upcoming movies (Butter, LOL, and The Apparition), and, of course, I asked what’s her karaoke song. Hit the jump to either read or listen to the interview.
I think a lot of people and non Twilight fans are excited about Bill Condon. He is a phenomenal director and is definitely a huge surprise to be taking over the last two films. What was your reaction when you found out that he was directing? How was it like on set with him? Was it different preparing for this one?
Greene: Okay. Maybe that made me a little nervous. [laughs] I was like, “Oh, my god. Seriously? Bill Condon? This is….” I feel like, “How much better can it get?” You’re part of this franchise, you have these amazing fans, and you’re getting to start and finish something, which I feel like you don’t often get to do. Then to be able to work with these incredible directors each time is kind of like a crash course for acting especially for me. So when Bill Condon came on board I was just so excited. I couldn’t believe it. I think he is an incredible director and I definitely respect his work. I was a little nervous to meet him because I didn’t know what he was going to be like – you never know. I heard good things and then I met him and I was just like, “Oh, my god. This is going to be amazing.” He is so collaborative and very giving as a director. His communication skills are amazing. So we literally just sat down and talked about what I had done with Alice, what I thought about her, and what his ideas were with her. We kind of just went back and forth and came up with ideas. It was a really fun experience for me. It was a growing experience, you know?
Totally. I’m curious about hearing how he was on set and how it was like interacting with him. Did you find for example that he had a lot more tracking shots or a different way of filming the film than what you were expecting?
Greene: Yeah. He doesn’t have a ton of tracking shots, but he was really great about just rolling with it. He would say, “This is a great idea.” We would try something or someone would have a different idea about what would be beautiful, what would be awesome to do, or where their character should go. He was very open about trying different things and letting beautiful movie god magic happen. I think that was one of the really surprising things for me. It was that I had a director of this caliber be so open to your interpretation.
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