Ashley Greene says she shaped up for New Moon by not eating


“New Moon’s” Ashley Green may have landed herself in a bit of hot water. Or not, it could go either way. When she was recently asked by Us Weekly how she got in shape for her role in “New Moon,” she responded honestly and said she didn’t eat much. Now she didn’t say anything like, “I tried not to eat,” or “I ate as little as possible.” She said that they had busy twelve hour days, and that didn’t leave a lot of time to eat. But that doesn’t mean people won’t accuse her of promoting unhealthy diet strategies.

How did Ashley Greene get fit for New Moon?

“It was really easy,” the actress, 22, told Saturday at the Magnificent Mile Festival of Lights event in Naperville, Il. “We were working 12 hours a day, so it didn’t leave too much time to eat.”
After her response, her publicist nudged her, but Greene didn’t seem to care about her blunt answer. When she did eat, she chose “really healthy stuff, which was nice.”

Greene also said that training extensively for the sequel — which had the third biggest box office opening of all time — accounted for her figure in the movie. “We had a personal trainer and then we also had fight training,” she told Us. “It was a good four hours a day of training.”

To stay in shape these days, she said she does Pilates, usually six days a week. “I do it early in the morning. It wakes you up, and it’s kind of refreshing,” said Greene, who is headed to London in a few months to begin filming the thriller The Apparition. “And that is basically it. Sometimes cardio. I am not a big weight person because when I do weights I build muscle mass.”

[From Us Weekly]

Thanks, publicist. Now we know why you earn the big bucks, keeping your clients in line. This is one of those cases where someone gave an honest answer, but not the correct answer. Ashley should have added something about how not eating isn’t the smartest or safest way to lose weight. If nothing else, just to cover her own ass. And it’s true, too. Either she doesn’t know that or doesn’t care.

From my own experience, not eating is about the worst way to lose weight. One summer in college I meticulously counted my calories and didn’t allow myself any more than 450 a day. I was the meanest bitch in the world that summer. I went to a Catholic university, and I kid you not, I actually snapped at priests. Several times. Guess how much weight I’d lost by the end of the summer? Nothing. I gained two pounds. And I didn’t break from that ridiculous, torturous, unhealthy diet once. It puts your body into total starvation mode. Ashley probably would have lost a lot more weight if she’d eaten every three hours or so. And while she didn’t say she felt unwell on the set, if she wasn’t eating much and was training a lot, I bet she didn’t feel great. If she’s eaten every few hours, the whole experience probably would have been better for her. And she could answer Us Weekly’s questions honestly and healthfully. That’s why I eat better now. For when Us Weekly comes calling.

Here’s Ashley at the New Moon premiere in Westwood, California on November 16th. Images thanks to Fame Pictures .

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  1. fizXgirl314 says:

    this is just becoming too easy… “women” are either losing tons of weight or talking about not eating just to get in the news… can we stop giving it any more attention? It’s just fueling the fire and it’s becoming kind of stupid at this point :/

  2. pixiegirl says:


    You mean you don’t want to hear about what sort of diet/non-diet/low-carb/pilates-crap/detox/starvation lifestyle the stars are into? What in the world is WRONG with you?

  3. sally says:

    looks like a brunette carrie prejean here.

  4. Dolkite says:

    Its really funny you mention this, since I just started today trying to lose weight by eating very little. I didnt go as far as 450 a day…I had an omelet this mornin (one egg, four egg whites, diced tomatoes) along with about a cup of diced potatoes, then a cup of cottage cheese and a cup of yogurt at lunch, and I just guiltily caved and had a sandwich (about five slices of turkey, nonfat mayo, lettuce, whole wheat bread) about 15 minutes ago (its about 2:30 here). So much for dieting.

    For what its worth, I am probably bigger than you (I hate saying that): six-foot-three, about 250 lbs.

  5. lucy2 says:

    While this is probably standard practice in Hollywood, only a total dumbass would come out and say it.

    Dolkite, look up your Basal Metabolic Rate – that will calculate your age, height, weight, and activity level to tell you how many calories you should eat per day to maintain, lose, or gain. I think then women shouldn’t go lower than 1200/day, 1500 for men, and that keeps you in a healthy range.

  6. Dolkite says:

    I did…my absolute lowest is supposed to be about 1800, I believe.

    Still, sometimes its hard for me to follow those suggestions because they always assume guys want to get bigger and more muscular. I want to get smaller because I hate my size, mainly my height and broad shoulders.

  7. JayBird says:

    Dolkite I totally feel you, and have had many days like that. One word: Fitday! I’ve lost 60 lbs in the last 7 months, and it wouldn’t have been possible without it. And it’s free.

    Other important thing – read this CNN article:

    “Low-fat? Low-carbs? Answering best diet question”

    There was an important study that came out in March that concluded all that really matters for successful weight loss are calories. Once I knew what to focus on, it was the easiest and most successful weight loss I’ve ever had.

  8. Dolkite says:

    Thats what I was/am trying to do….cut calories severely. At most, I will have a salmon fillet with some broccoli for dinner.

    Its very easy for me to give up because its not just fat I want to lose, but everything. I hate being this tall, I hate that people ask if I ever played football or if girls say something about how they feel protected around me, and it sucks to know that it isnt something I can fix…so I tend to favor wildly self-destructive diet plans as a way to get even with myself for having this kind of body.

  9. Rae says:

    It sounds to me like she could have been joking, and they’re putting it in a negative light in order to make some kind of controversy. I’m a lawyer and when I first started practicing, people would make comments about my body shape all the time (I guess they felt they could do that with a skinny, female lawyer), and I just told them I was too busy to eat. Gasp!

  10. Jojo says:

    nag nag nag. i like her character not the real her.

  11. stinabelle says:

    I love Ashley Greene. Ashley > Kristen Stewart (and I even like KStew).

    ETA: Ashley > Kristen > all the actors portraying humans > the chick who plays Victoria > Nikki Reed.

  12. Morgs says:

    Dolkite that makes me so sad to hear how much you are at war with your body.

    I’m so sad that you’re so sad with your height and weight. 6’3″ and 250 seems normal. I am a recovering eating disordered gal and it breaks my heart to hear/see when people hate the bodies they’re in.

    Veggies and low fat protein are a sure fire way of shedding weight. Could I suggest maybe looking into an exercise program called Crossfit? You might like it. I’ve been doing it for almost a year and love love love it.

    Good luck!

  13. Morgs says:

    Oh, and when any Hollywood actor says they look the way they do because they do Pilates for 20 minutes a day is LYING!! I’m a pilates instructor and that excuse doesn’t fly. There’s no cardio in Pilates, you need to get your heart rate up to burn calories and fat.

  14. Dolkite says:

    Morgs – Its not because I am too fat, tho I could definitely stand to lose some weight. If it was just a matter of being too fat…well, fine, lose the weight. however, I will still be tall, I will still be seen as bigger, and ANY remarks about my appearance – even (and sometimes especially) the positive ones – make me feel terrible about myself, especially since I cant prevent them from happening.

  15. Mina says:

    Ashley isn’t very articulate. I’ve read a lot of her quotes elsewhere and I am always “editing” them. She’ll say “like” a lot or “um” or say very redundant or oxymoronic things. She is very sweet but you can’t read too much into something I think she feels pressure to talk and ends up saying something incorrect or lengthening a statement that she could finish in a sentence rather than 6.

    That being said I think she may have meant OVEReat. Not actually starving herself, that or she was joking as someone else mentioned.

    Besides I thought everyone knows you don’t lose weight if you are overly restrictive in your diet.

  16. snowball says:

    Well, for what it’s worth (not much, I know), I lost a huge amount of weight when I was probably close to Ashley’s age the same way.

    I was working 2 jobs, juggling a boyfriend and college. One of my jobs was at the mall, so breakfast was a bagel from Swiss Colony, lunch was a diet Coke with a big chocolate cookie from the Cookie Factory and if I was working nights, another diet Coke and nachos from the food court.

    I’m 5’8″ and went from about 140 lbs down to 112 lbs. in probably four months before I finally quit one of the jobs and cut back my college schedule.

    It’s a totally boneheaded way to lose weight, but I see why that was her gut reaction to the question. She’s still missing that part of the brain that edits what comes out of your mouth.

  17. snowball says:

    Well, it won’t let me edit my last post, so I guess I’ll start another one.

    Dolkite, I’ve seen you mention in other topics that you’re unhappy with your size. May I ask how old you are? When I was in school, my 5’8″ was actually gigantic and I felt so out of place and clumsy.

    20-ish years later, I’m probably considered average height and I’ll even put on a pair of heels on occasionally. I mean this in only the most positive way, because I only know what you’ve posted – but it just sounds like the issue isn’t your weight, it’s the perception you have about your total package (including hair, I remembered that from another thread).

    There’s nothing losing weight is going to fix if you still have issues with things you can’t change, like your height and shoulder width. Lose weight to be healthier, not to conform (or disprove) to other people’s opinion. You’ll never change them, but you can change you.

    God, that was preachy. But I hope you know what I meant.

  18. Dolkite says:

    I am 32.

    I gave up on dating long ago since I never attracted anyone I liked or found interesting and all of them loved my size because 1) it made them look smaller, 2) they wanted to feel protected (but, of course, still wanted me to see them as ″strong and independent″), and, worst, 3) told me it reminded them of their fathers.

    Basically, I have been given the exact opposite of what I really think is attractive. I dont think there will ever be a way I could feel good about myself.

    Sorry if I seem to monopolize this discussion…it just seemed currently relevant to me, as did the previous hair discussion.

    For whatever its worth, if you want to see what I DO look like:

  19. meglet says:

    The difference between Alice and Ashley makes me think that she must be a pretty good actress. I think she is a really pretty girl, not sure how natural it is? Kind of like Blake Lively and the nose job that never gets mentioned..

    I don’t have any wonderful diet tips, I have a gym membership and work out a couple times a week and try to eat healthy. I’m 170cm and stay between 65-68kgs. I have friends who have lost a lot of weight simply from working too much and not eating enough.. She has managed to keep it off for years now but I can’t imagine she is very healthy.

    Dolkite, hopefully you will become more comfortable with your height. Personally, I usually only find guys attractive if they’re about 6’2” or taller (shallow perhaps, but I like a guy taller than me as I love high heels). I know people quite often want the opposite to what they have though. Goodluck to you 🙂

  20. wardnor says:

    @Dolkite I wish i have your height!! everybody wants to change something about their body, I’m 5’9″ and I’m a male 🙁

  21. Dolkite says:

    I dont want to date a girl wo would find a tall, broad shouldered bald guy attractive. Its like being a fat girl…sure, some guys like fat girls, but think that means some fat girl will love getting attention from a guy who loves her extra pounds? Compliments make me feel worse about myself because they are usually sincere (unlike insults).

    There is absolutely no way I will ever feel good about being big and bald. I hate myself for it. To make matters worse, my brother is only six feet tall, medium build at best, and still has all his hair.

  22. Ana says:

    Can someone explain why she needed to shape up for the movie? She was already skinny and it’s not like they wore revealing clothes? Did they? Haven’t see the movie but it’s based in Washington.

  23. Sweet, another celebrity that’s good looking but dumber than a bag of hair.

  24. dovesgate says:

    Dolkite – Therapy.

    I think most of us have moments where we wished we looked like someone else, whether more delicate or thinner or blonde instead of brunette, a smaller nose or something along those lines. To absolutely hate yourself because of something you could never in a million years help (genetic things like height, broad shoulders), thats something you need to work with a psychiatrist over.

    Obviously you hate yourself. Get help darlin’, for the sake of the people who love you no matter what you look like if you cant/wont do it for yourself.

  25. lady says:

    Dolkite – It doesn’t really matter what you look like. From your photo it seems you are in okay health with all of your limbs. If you’re worried about your weight then you know your life is going pretty well compared to the difficult problems other people are suffering from. Just sayin’…

  26. morgs says:

    Dolkite, agree with dovesgate. Body Dismorphia is a condition. Therapy could help you a lot.

    You sound really sad and tortured about your body and there are people who can help you. You just have to ask for it first(which is the crappiest part).

  27. mags says:

    haha she’s in naperville, illinois…why would you listen to someone who’s the middle of nowhere. i should know that’s where i grew up, LOLz~!

  28. Annaaaaaaa says:

    Actually, not eating can make someone skinny.

    One summer my mom was always working late so I’d eat the leftovers from the night before, which weren’t alot. I wasn’t much of a cooker. That summer I also swam every other day recreationally with my friends. I went from 117 to 100 lbs and I am 5’5″. Because I always wore gym shorts I didn’t notice I lost weight until people pointed out. My jeans didn’t fit when I had tried them on. I went to a size 0, which wasn’t cool. Did I lose that much because I didn’t eat? No, I ate but maybe not as much without my mom’s food. I never starved. Maybe because I swam alot? Probably. Now my mom’s been taking time off from work so I gained back the weight 🙂

  29. MeMyself says:


    I am 5’11” and have been since I was 12 years old.
    But I still love heels, even though I TOWER over friends.
    Being tall is great! I wish we could hang or have coffee, you look very approachable.

    And I really don’t think most women care if you have hair or not…no one I know does. Guess you just need to accept what you are and embrace!


  30. Dolkite says:

    I apologize to all who may feel I have hijacked this thread…I really didnt mean to.

    That said, in response to the many kind responses I have gotten (and believe me, your kindness is noted…most people (including friends and family) have been utterly horrible about this and have worsened the problem):

    I tried therapy several times and it did absolutely nothing. I refuse to believe that looks dont matter, and someone telling me that some girls love big bald guys doesnt do anything either, because I never wanted to appeal to the masses, nor am I desperate for a girlfriend. I LIKE the fact that I dont want to be big and buff like most guys.

    I question any diagnosis of Body Dysmorphic Disorder because I do not think I have an exaggerated view of my body. I know I am not morbidly obese, nor freakishly tall or big, nor hideously ugly. I simply represent a stereotype I hate and, lets face it, we are all slave to stereotypes whether we like it or not. I have seen too much evidence to the contrary – men in elevators who asked me if I ever played football, the aforementioned reactions from girls I dated, etc.

    It doesnt really matter if my appearance is my fault or just genetics…its still there. Nobody gives someone a pass if they have a huge birthmark or if they are susceptible to obesity because they have fat parents.

    The only solutions I can conjure up are to either lose 100 lbs (I am currently six-foot-three, 250-255 lbs) or to simply accept that I will never be attractive and learn to be alone. Believe me, I have a lot of practice. I have no friends, no close family, and at the moment, like many Americans, no job. Virtually everyone I can think of (except my mother) has been horrible to me throughout my life…yet somehow pretending that I really like being this big bald guy is worse than people knowing how I really feel and taking advantage of it.

  31. fizXgirl314 says:

    dolkite… I don’t think you can talk your way around the fact that you have a problem… for one thing, you just spilled your innermost guts to complete strangers… that implies that this is always at the forefront of your thinking…

    nobody is saying looks don’t matter AT ALL… but there is a point where attitude matters a lot more… otherwise, we’d all be chasing after the ONE hottest girl/guy on the planet… whoever the fuck that is…

    just like lobsters, we all have our counterparts… lobsters are awkward and clunky and strnage looking, but they find eachother attractive… whether you are fat, skinny, tall, short, bald, hairy etc… there will always be some group of people who will be attacted to you… and I don’t quite comprehend your logic about that being a bad thing…

    you’ve probably just associated YOU with the negative… which is why you can’t comprehend why someone would find you attractive… it has nothing to do with the particulars of the way you look…

    there are no absolutes in this world… least of all beauty… even in physics, the laws of the universe ALL depend on your perspective…

    as a really smart and famous guy once said “it’s all relative”… and some would say he got to know a thing or two in his lifetime :-p

  32. Dolkite says:

    I think that looks DO matter most…however, most people realize that they arent attractive enough to get someone like that, so they lower their standards and date whomever is nice to them.

    I see those being attracted to me as a bad thing based on the ones who have been attracted to me in the past. They were neither physically attractive nor intellectually engaging…basically, they were desperate. That is not an idle assumption…i dated several females despite my misgivings in order to give them a fair chance….I was always sorry for it later on.

    Most people are so desperate for companionship and approval that they will gladly chuck their own opinion of themselves if someone else says different.

  33. fizXgirl314 says:

    mmmkay.. you obviously have the depth of a nickle…

    what can I say, make do and stop whining? :/

  34. Alarmjaguar says:


    I think it has less to do with your looks and more to do with your pessimistic attitude (not to mention the fact that you are clearly stereotyping anyone who shows any interest in you as having an emotional problem). I’ve dated short men, tall men, skinny men, fat men, what they have in common is that they were interesting, enthusiastic, and confident. That matters.

  35. Becca B says:


    about your latest post: Okay, with this kind of attitude, you could be the hottest guy AND you would still be alone. So you hate yourself and hate the world, because it is full of desperate unattractive and dumb people.
    Your life is not going to get better if you´re unwilling to change your mind about how terrible everything is. You need to find a way to make yourself happy. Move out of town and get a new life, why not! Find new hobbies, go places. Do you really just wanna waste your life? Things are not going to get better just by themselves, you know. YOU have to make them better.

    And about your diet: 450 calories, really? For a guy? Are you kidding me. I am a female, 5’4” and 100 lbs. And I eat about 1500 calories a day – and it’s working for me. I used to be about 20 lbs heavier, but I wanted to lose weight and tried to eat little and it just didn’t work – I lost some weight but I was restricting myself all the good stuff and ate really healthy, I was unable to stick with that kind of diet. You’ll end up stuffing your face with Oreos, believe me. You should find a healthier and more natural way, if you intend to keep your weight off. (ever heard about yo-yo effect?)

    I hope you will read this and think about it. Good luck.

  36. snowball says:

    Well, this:

    “They were neither physically attractive nor intellectually engaging…basically, they were desperate. That is not an idle assumption…i dated several females despite my misgivings in order to give them a fair chance….I was always sorry for it later on.”

    was really an eye opener. You lost me now. You think you’re ugly, yet you demean others who you think are ugly and stupid.

    Yeah, I guess you’re right. Dating is going to be a bitch when you’re hypocritical about what you’ll lower yourself to be with.

  37. Truthful says:


    Most women prefer tall men–period..

    no one wants to date a short shrimp-when you put on a pair of heels you tower over the man..

    I know plenty of men that would do anything for your height.

    I think you need to get out more and accept when people compliment you–even if you don’t agree but first I think you should talk to a professional about your perception of your body image.

    for the record, women LOVE tall men, I have never EVER dated a man under 6’5..
    its my preference..and I am in my late 30’ current b/f is 6’8, bald and sexy to me!!!

    most men would kill to be bigger and some men are killing themselves trying.

    For the record, I am not unattractive.

    humans like what they like, you are attractive to some, just not to you..

  38. Morgan says:

    I somehow stumbled upon this thread during a sleepless might with a newborn.

    Dear Dolkite, I am a counselor and see that you are deeply wounded. Yes you need therapy. You are so angry at the world and bitter for the cards you’ve been dealt. You really need to see a professional to help you see reality and find happiness with yourself before anyone will truly be attracted to you. That goes for friendships too. People do not want to spend time with someone who exudes negativity and hatefulness. Please know that losing weight will not make you happy. You are broken on the inside not the outside. That is what you should be consumed with “fixing.”

  39. spiceh says:


    I looked at your pic, and I didn’t find u ugly or fat, not even unattractive. I’m sure there are ppl who are attracted to u without being desperate and/or ugly and/or stupid. I’m only 5′ and dating a big 6′ 2″ guy as well. He’s definitely sexy in my eyes. I think u should take it being tall as an advantage.

    And I have to agree with others that all the problems are coming from within. You created these problems and make them as your own obstacles. Try to look at things in a more positive way. You make things the way they are. I’m fortunate enough to have met my partner, who’s always sunny and at peace with himself. And he taught me how to appreciate the unimportant things in life and be happy with self. And I hope that you realize a lot of ppl here who are complete strangers would want you to be able to find your own inner peace as well.

  40. Marie says:


    First off, there is absolutely nothing wrong with your height. You say that the women you’ve dated haven’t been all that intelligent. Well, where are you meeting these women? You need to take a class, volunteer, visit a bookstore–do something social that you’re interested in and then you’ll meet women with the same interest as you. If you want a brainy woman, then hanging out at a nightclub won’t increase your chances of finding an intelligent woman. (Note: I’m not saying that ALL women at nightclubs are not intelligent, but a lot of them are not looking for serious relationships and just want to hookup).

    You need to start behaving positively otherwise no intelligent woman will approach you. Also, since you hate when women say that your height makes them feel protected, why don’t you try dating a tall woman? That way, you won’t seem “tall” too her since she’ll be close to your height.

  41. Kate says:

    All I have to say is at least she was honest about it.

  42. Twi fan says:

    Who the hell cares. She wasn’t promoting anything and good on her for just saying it.
    Lots of us get busy and forget to eat, it happens