Ashley Greene spent the early part of the week in Austin, partying it up at the South By Southwest (SXSW) film festival to debut her new film, “Skateland.” She took the time to chat with MTV News and explain the film for those of us at home who think it’s only about rollerskating.
“It’s set in Texas in the 1980s and it’s basically a coming-of-age story of Ritchie Wheeler, who Shiloh Fernandez plays, but also my character, Michelle Burkham, and my brother Brent [played by Heath Freeman],” she explained. “There’s a place called Skateland that closes and it’s something that we all go to and we all kind of relate to and see ourselves around and we’re used to having this and it’s kind of ripped away and so it kind of jumpstarts us realizing that there’s a lot of things we have to figure out.”
She adds, “It follows us through all the trials and errors of becoming an adult and figuring out who you are and what you want. You see love and you see loss and everything in between.”
It seems to remind us of another “Land” movie about coming-of-age which came out in the summer of last year starring another young “Twilight” star. We’re sure “Skateland” will earn plenty of comparisons to “Adventureland” and Ashley to Kristen Stewart in the coming months (even their hair looks the same!) though they are entirely different movies.
However, when Ashley watches “Skateland,” she sees something no viewer is likely to connect — she compares herself to another young woman.
“Everytime I look at [’Skateland’], what I notice the most is how much I look like my mom,” Ashley admitted. “Because, you know, it’s set in the 80s and so I’ve got pictures of her and my dad from the 80s and it’s kind of creepy how much we look alike.”