MTV: Let's talk "Apparition" for a minute.
Stan: It was amazing, We were all included creatively in the process. Todd Lincoln, who wrote and directed it, wanted that. We had rehearsal time when we could come together and sometimes rewrite things for the better. We had time to improvise and see what we were missing. We discovered a lot of stuff that way. Both Tom and Ashley are coming from such huge franchises themselves, they've sort of experienced every corner of celebrity or hype, so I kind of felt like I was more on the sidelines to that.
MTV: Don't sell your time on "Gossip Girl" short!
Stan: Oh no, never! I'll always be grateful for that show. The exposure for me has been huge.
MTV: Where does this one fall in terms of tone?
Stan: To me, it was a mixture of "The Strangers" and "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Poltergeist." Todd had a huge list of movies he wanted us to watch. We saw how horror was done in the '70s, '80s, '90s into today. It's definitely more psychological than just "get scared!"
MTV: That's kind of like "Black Swan." There are horror elements, psychological-thriller elements.
Stan: Yeah, I think a lot of "Apparition" is similar to that. As an audience, you're trying to figure out if something is happening or if you're a witness in somebody's dark thoughts.
MTV: Most people are used to seeing Ashley in her "Twilight" world. What are people going to be surprised about when they see "Apparition"?
Stan: It's different than how anybody has seen her before. Both of our characters are very simple, relatable kids. Just to finally play somebody who's more relatable rather than a vampire, somebody with flaws and dreams and goals and is struggling with life — that's amazing. These kids don't know what they want to do with their lives, just that they want to start living a simple life. There are great arcs in the characters and the story lines, and it's going to be great for people to see her play that out.