"In my second year in Los Angeles, when I was eighteen, I wasn't getting any bookings," says the Jacksonville, Florida native. "[s]o I stopped going out, stopped partying. It was a matter of getting to the work. I had to focus."
Ashley's motives paid off - the 25-year-old landed the role of vampire Alice Cullen in the Twilight saga, which culminates this fall with the film's fifth installment, Breaking Dawn: Part 2.
But she doesn't take her experience for granted.
"What Twilight gave me was years to consider how I wanted to work otherwise," she says.
Now she has several films lined up for the next year or so, beginning with the August release The Apparition, about a paranormal investigation by a couple of college students that goes horribly wrong and unleashes a supernatural being that thrives on fear.