Wednesday 16 October 2019

Ashley Greene: I'm no horror fan

Ashley Greene likes playing unconventional characters
Ashley Greene likes playing unconventional characters

Ashley Greene has played a vampire and now a zombie, but has admitted she doesn't even like horror films.

Ashley, who played gentle bloodsucker Alice Cullen in the Twilight movies, is the undead ex-girlfriend of the title in Burying The Ex, Joe Dante's zombie rom-com about a woman who comes back from the dead to haunt her former boyfriend.

"When I was young I loved them, but the older I've got, and living by myself, they freak me out a little more," Ashley said in Venice, where the movie is playing outside the film festival's main competition.

"I actually try and steer clear of them for the most part - unless I'm making them," added the actress, who was also haunted by a spirit summoned in a college experiment in 2012 chiller The Apparition.

"I don't know if I want to meet the person who wrote Saw," she said. "How do you come up with something like that?"

Burying The Ex is a cheerful take on the genre, as Gremlins director Dante mixes laughs with a loving homage to the verve and gore of classic horror. Ashley stars alongside Anton Yelchin and Alexandra Daddario in the low-budget feature.

The 27-year-old actress said it was the latest of her "untraditional fantasy horror characters".

"Alice in Twilight is the polar opposite with what you think of when you think of a vampire," she said. And Evelyn in Burying The Ex is "not the mindless, brain-eating zombie you see in most horror films".

"I got to give this zombie a soul," she said.

Ashley said she enjoys playing villains and "strong, sometimes controversial" characters.

"You're watching House Of Cards, and you know that Kevin Spacey's character, Frank Underwood, is horrible, but you root for him," she said.

"That's kind of what I would strive to do with my characters."

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