Ashley Greene, starred as Alice Cullen in Twilight franchise said that she cried out of joy when she found out that her character served as ‘gay awakening’ for many young fans. The Twilight craze started in year 2005 when Stephanie Meyer released her novel ‘Twilight’. The book follows a high school fateful love story between a vampire Edward Cullen and a human Bella Swann and their back to back encounters with good as well as bad creatures.
The twilight and its’ sequels gained success worldwide quite quickly, making a room for adaption of the novel to on screen. Greene played the role of Edward’s sister Alice in the movie. Robert Pattinson starred as Edward Cullen whereas Kristen Stewart landed with role of Bella Swann. Before this, Greene appeared as guest roles in a few sitcoms.
Greene spoke about how unexpectedly her character had affected the lives of her fans making such a pivotal impact in an interview with Insider. Alice’s edgy haircut, her quirky fashion and the personality of the character was attractive and endearing to many. For young female viewers, it was their first time realising their sexuality and their attraction towards women.
Greene mentioned her thoughts saying, “I guess one thing that has changed is a lot of people have said that Alice was their gay awakening,” she said, explaining that she “didn’t get that when the films first came out,” but “can fully recognize how and why now.”
“The first time someone told me, I cried. I was like, ‘That’s so incredible! You know the impact that ‘Twilight’ had on people, but to kind of go that extra step and be able to allow people to be their true selves is really special.”
The Twilight first premiered in 2008 building up over $35 million on its very first day. Alice or we can say Greene was in all five movies of The Twilight Saga. The fact that the character Alice herself is not scripted as gay yet served as an identity discoverer for youth enhances the legacy of the role.