9 Reasons Why Hollywood Won’t Cast Ashley Greene Anymore
Where has Ashley Greene gone? The stunning starlet has been absent from the big screen for awhile, and we have a few theories as to why she hasn’t made the transition from Twilight Saga star to household name as successfully as some of her contemporaries.
1.She’s not a bankable movie star
Be honest: Did you have to Google “Ashley Greene” just now to figure out who we were even talking about? Greene is stunning, but that hasn’t added up to name recognition. As a result, casting directors may not want to count on her to open a movie. She had a shot at marquee status in The Apparition (2012) but the movie bombed commercially, earning only $4.9 million against a reported $17 million budget—and it also received negative reviews, creeping up to only an 18 percent on Metacritic. Though it’s unfair to pin all of the blame on Greene, the film was designed to be her star vehicle, and that vehicle crashed.
Even projects in which Greene has a supporting role don’t seem to take off: Wish I Was Here (2014) made only half of its $6 million budget back, and CBGB (2013) had a Metascore of 30 and made $4,000…with a $5 million budget. No, we didn’t leave out any zeroes.
2.She flies under the radar
Greene doesn’t attend a ton of events or entertain the paparazzi, which hurts her visibility—especially when she’s not attracting a ton of memorable film work. She’s had two relationships that drew paparazzi scrutiny, which helped put her in the public eye: a flirtation and possible relationship with Twilight co-star Jackson Rathbone, and a long-term relationship with singer Joe Jonas that started immediately after he split from Demi Lovato. Jonas seemed to court the press more, even revealing in an essay for Vulture that he lost his virginity to Greene. For the most part, Greene keeps her private life private and has enjoyed a low-key romance with Paul Khoury (a TV personality in Australia and a virtually unknown presence Stateside) for the past three years.
3.She doesn’t engage in drama
Jonas threw his ex under the bus in October 2016 when he spoke about their sex life, in a lot of detail, in a Reddit AMA.
“I lost my virginity to this girl named Ashley,” the DNCE frontman wrote. “You can probably just Google it. It’s pretty easy to figure out. I dated a girl named Ashley, so just Google it to figure out which Ashley that is.” He added, “I didn’t have any condoms, so I went to our drummer Jack’s room—who was my roommate at the time—and I demolished his room looking for them. [I] found them underneath his underwear drawer. When he came home, he thought somebody broke into his room because his whole room was demolished. I was in dire need. Needed to happen then and now. Safety first, kids.”
Afterward, Jonas was unapologetic, telling Entertainment Tonight, “Life’s too short, you know? I mean ultimately, I think of myself as an honest guy. There are just those moments in life where you have to be true to yourself and true to the world. I’m not out to hurt anybody, but I think, ultimately, I’m just telling my stories and what I can say from my heart.”
Greene was classier in her response, which came in the form of an Instagram post that read, “Class is timeless.” Unfortunately, only Jonas got any real traction from the story, and it didn’t raise Greene’s profile much. (Compare that with the pettiness of another Jonas ex, Taylor Swift, or Swift’s nemesis, Kim Kardashian—you hear about them all the time.)
4.She’s too expensive
Greene and her Twilight co-star Kellan Lutz renegotiated their contracts for the final film, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, with each reportedly requesting $2 million. There were rumors that the contract disputes held up production of the final film, but a source denied the whispers to People, though director Catherine Hardwicke admitted she considered finding other actors for their roles. “It would really break my heart if they were replaced, but it could happen. Things could turn ugly quickly,” she said. “They have all these people and outside influences telling you what to do. They tell you to hold out for this much because you’re such an important part of the franchise, and everyone is telling you to ask for more.”
Greene and Lutz eventually settled for approximately $1.25 million apiece—which was far less than stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart took home, but for far less work. (And considering their subsequent low success rates, it was probably good they didn’t drive too hard a bargain.)
5.A lot of her projects go straight to video
Outside of The Apparition and the Twilight films (2008-12), many of Greene’s projects experienced a very limited release. Between 2011 and 2014, LOL, Butter, A Warrior’s Heart, Burying the Ex, and Kristy were barely promoted. That’s only five movies, sure, but it represents half of everything she released within that time span—not including the Twilight franchise. Urge (2016), Killing the King (2015), and Staten Island Summer (2015) all faced similar fates.
6.She’s heard, but not seen
Greene has done voiceover work for Max & Me (2016), as well as video games Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) and Batgirl: A Matter Of Family (2015). While voiceover work is absolutely respectable and a great way for performers to maintain their income, unfortunately, unless it’s a major film (think Pixar-level), it won’t shoot her to supestardom.
7.Her TV shows don’t take off
Greene’s small-screen efforts don’t fare too well, though they’re getting better. She played a small part in Pan-Am (2011-12), which only lasted one season. More recently, Greene also picked up a recurring role in the third season of Rogue (2013-), joining the DirecTV drama as “a beautiful and highly intelligent former NSA contractor” named Mia Levesque.
8.She’s not relatable
For someone who’s taken mostly supporting roles in teen movies, Greene has a bit of a demanding side. She told Marie Claire the Twilight movies gave her some severely first world problems. “Twilight has ruined me. When this is all over, flying internationally is going to be very hard for me. It is just not worth it to buy a first-class ticket, because of the cost.” For the average schlub struggling to scrape together enough coins for a middle seat in coach, this comes across as pretty tone-deaf and not terribly PR-savvy.
9.How she can turn it around
Greene can earn critical acclaim by honing her craft and being a bit more selective. Instead of playing the best friend or the convenience store customer in a bigger movie, she should try getting a larger role in a smaller, well-written indie film to gain credibility. For as stunning and hardworking as she is, her biggest issue seems to be that she’s simply not picking great parts. She told GQ that she once physically fought for a role, which she won, but who actually saw the movie? A new agent may be able to work wonders for her—and finally get her out of Alice Cullen’s shadow.
Greene is off to a good start with In Dubious Battle (2016). The film was produced and directed by James Franco and boasts an ensemble cast that includes Vincent D’Onofrio, Bryan Cranston, Josh Hutcherson, Austin Stowell, Selena Gomez, and more. The movie should boost Greene’s resume and respectability in the industry. Here’s hoping she keeps it up!