Ashley Greene is a Gen Y actress from the Twilight movies. She wasn't born into celebrity, her father was an ex Marine who owns a concrete business. She wasn't a child star who grew up in Hollywood, though she did move there when she was 17 to be a star. To her credit, it worked. She hasn't done a whole helluva lot besides Twilight though and she's a bit worried about how to make ends meet with those movies ending:
With the end of the “Twilight” saga in sight, Ashley, who plays Alice Cullen, realizes it’s important to be smart about her finances.
“I’m lucky because my dad taught me to be frugal and save,” she said.
So far, so good. It's smart not to blow all your money on stupid shit when you suddenly become rich. It's good to admit...
...that getting the VIP treatment has its downsides.
“‘Twilight’ has ruined me,” she said. 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.”
She recognizes that it's dumb to spend your money on frivolous things just because you have it now, and you should save.
Except one little thing:
I’m lucky because my dad taught me to be frugal and save. And that’s important because I want to know that I don’t have to take an acting job for two or three years if I don’t want to and that I’ll still be able to make my house and car payments and buy food for my dogs.
I want to know that I don’t have to take an acting job for two or three years if I don’t want to
So basically she wants to save her money so that she can stop working for 3 years if she doesn't feel like it and still live an upper middle class lifestyle in Hollywood. All the things you and I have to work 40-60 hours a week to afford, like food, shelter, a car, she just wants to be able to have but not have to work for.
Because see, she moved out to Hollywood when she was 17 and she knows all these famous people she met on Twilight. She sees how they live. And she's got bank from the first 5 movies or however many there were and hasn't had to work much since, so she's digging the idea of having a day structured around waking up around 10am, eating yogurt, going for a jog with the dog, meeting a friend for lunch, afternoon pilates, shopping, etc. Why break that up with work? Nobody she know is working all the time!
I get that being an actor is different from my job. And not all actors are lazy assholes.
were/are all actors. And it's a difficult lifestyle to juggle. You've got to work for a day or two or a week or two or a month or two and get that payday and live off that for the rest of the year. You might go months without working. That can be a logistical challenge.
But why the fuck would you, an up and coming actor who is in a series of hit movies, decide to not "take an acting job for two or three years"? Is it because the parts are beneath you? Why not ride your fame into a bigger career...use it before you lose it?
Can you imagine a baseball player who just was on a World Series team "taking 2-3 years off" and expecting to just come back and retain that momentum?
But then, Gen Y.