'Sucker Punch' Star Passed Up 'Twilight' and (Almost) Quit Acting

[caption id="attachment_40758" align="alignleft" width="220" caption="Getty Images"]Emily Browning[/caption]

Emily Browning, one of Hollywood's newest starlets, almost skipped out on Tinseltown.

After her breakout role as one of the kids in 2004's "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events," Browning flew under the radar until landing a lead role in the soon-to-be-released fantasy thriller "Sucker Punch."

While that alone isn't so uncommon (plenty of child actors never make the leap to more mature roles), the reason may surprise you.

Browning's hiatus was largely self-imposed, because "at one point" she was "very hesitant about acting," she told The Playlist. In fact, when she was approached with the lead role of Bella in "Twilight" — which could have made her one of the highest earning actresses in the world — she chose not to audition.

She recalls, "The author at one point stated that I would be her ideal Bella, but I chose not to audition because I was at a point in my career where I wasn’t sure I wanted to work. I definitely didn’t want to sign onto a trilogy, so I didn’t audition."

What changed her mind?

Browning tells The Playlist, "'Sucker Punch' is the one that's brought me back and made me realize, 'this is absolutely what I want to do.'"

Now she's back in full swing. She even read for "The Hunger Games," though she admits, "I think every single girl in Hollywood read for it a couple times to be honest."

While she once waffled, she now believes, "If a movie making experience can be this positive and this much fun, then I can’t imagine ever doing anything else."

"Sucker Punch" hits theaters March 25.