The Twilight franchise may have come to a close two years ago, but for Ashley Greene, that hasn’t slowed her down.
The actress, who is best known for her role as Alice Cullen in the Twilight films, was recently named the new brand ambassador for Oakley’s Made for More campaign, which seeks to motivate women to get up and keep active via its new line of athletic attire. This past weekend, Oakley hosted a mini 10K in Central Park, and I had the chance to catch up with Greene before she tackled the race. Read on for our chat.
Lucky: So you’re running a 10K tomorrow…props to you, I’m not much of a runner!
Ashley Greene: I’m not really either, truth be told. But I feel like [the race] has a very good, positive message behind it—it’s empowering to women and I’m athletic so I feel like it will end up being okay!
Having you been training a long time for this?
We’ve been training specifically for this for a couple of weeks—we focused more on movement and how to run correctly, rather than distance running. My trainer does a lot of metabolic training where you don’t actually run on the treadmill for 10 hours—you still get your heart rate up, you get yourself in cardiovascular shape, but you also build muscle and strength. A big thing for me when I first met with [my trainer] Jason was that my knees would hurt every time I ran—it was because my quads were overpowering everything and they were so tight and pulling on my knee and my hip flexor, so our big concern first and foremost was getting everything back to where it should be and strengthening my glutes and my hips to allow them to take over. So we worked on that a lot, and we ran a little bit. A lot of the time he had me run on a 30 percent incline, which is so hard. The first time he did it he had me run a mile and I finished and was like, “Why was that so hard? Why?”
That sounds crazy!
Well, he told me that it’s the incline—[in the race] I’m never going to be running on an incline, so we started with a mile and ended up getting up to three miles, which was basically as much running as we did, and we focused again on making sure that I felt good and that my body could handle everything without hurting itself. I don’t want my knees and hips to be hurting after six miles. Hopefully it works out!
Segueing into taking care of your body—your skin is so flawless! What’s your morning beauty routine like? Any favorite practices?
First and foremost, water. Lots of water. If you have a clean diet and drink lots of water, most of the time your skin stays pretty good. I definitely wash my face morning and night—I have a 10-minute routine, between washing my face, exfoliating, moisturizing and all that good stuff. When I work out the way that I am now, I probably do it three times a day even, just to make sure the sweat and impurities are out of my system. That’s pretty much all that I do—I got pretty lucky with my genetics.
Any favorite products?
I use this line by Joanna Vargas. She’s all organic and actually based in NY. Her line has a lot of face washes that are vitamin C-infused and moisturizers that are oils, but they don’t make your skin oily or break out. I’ve used it for a long time, so it’s tried and true!
And as far as your workout clothes go—are there any places you like to shop for gear?
I have so many workout clothes! I wear Body Language a lot, which is LA-based. Of course when I started working with Oakley I basically came into the store and took everything—I don’t think women realize that they’re making a lot of really cool workout apparel. The colors are very cool and exciting—I didn’t really know until I started working with them, but now I have a lot. Everything.
What sort of things do you look for when shopping for your workout gear?
Definitely breathability! Most of the time I work out in sleeveless shirts and capri pants. Less is more for me when I work out just because the stuff that I do. Also, just by nature, I sweat more, so I get extremely hot. I don’t know how people work out in actual sweatpants—it feels so gross!