'Twilight' Star Ashley Greene On The Connection Between Vampires And The LA Lakers

Vampires and professional basketball players? Robert Pattinson and Kobe Bryant? Here at MTV News, we don’t always have an opportunity to connect the worlds of blood-sucking immortals and jump-shooting All-Stars. But when “Twilight” star Ashley Greene hit the red carpet to celebrate at the Club Nokia party for the newly crowned NBA champion LA Lakers, the 22-year-old actress detailed the parallels between the two vaunted franchises.

“Our cast works really hard,” said Greene, who recently returned from the Vancouver shoot for “New Moon.” “We all work really well together. We’re kind of like a family. The Lakers are kind of the same.”

After dropping only one game to the Orlando Magic during the Finals, the Lakers secured their fourth championship this decade and the fourteenth in franchise history (second only to the Boston Celtics). And from the books, to the movies, to the DVD and beyond, the “Twilight” series has blossomed into one of pop culture’s reigning champs.

“All the hard work and everyone kind of came together and came out of top,” Ashley told MTV News (press play below!) about the Lakers. “It’s the same thing.”

Greene will be getting back into the vampire action in August when she’s due to begin filming the third adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s franchise, “Eclipse.” Kobe and the Lakers will have a few months to rest before the start of the preseason in early October.

Are there other sports franchises that have a connection to your favorites movies? Is there an athlete you'd love to see have a cool cameo in "Eclipse"?