“i’m in total betty crocker mode right now!”

by liza darwin

On any given day in New York, it's not unusual to spot dozens of tourist buses cruising around midtown. But this morning was different, because we rode the bright red double-decker with a very special guest. Twilight's Ashley Greene was there to unveil her DKNY Jeans Billboard, shot by high fashion photo duo Inez and Vinoodh. In between Starbucks pit stops, the 25-year-old NYLON cover girl filled us in on her baking hobby, holiday plans, and why her closet is overflowing with shoes.

How early did you have to wake up this morning?

I woke up at 7, so it wasn't too bad. It's funny, I actually just woke up and randomly decided to bake cookies this morning!

Wow, that's impressive.

I'm preparing for my family to come visit me for the holidays, and I'm starting to realize that it's hard to get ready, just between the cooking and the prep and all that. So I'm in total Betty Crocker mode right now [laughing]. I felt like a little kid, I was like, "cookies for breakfast!"

So you're going to have a New York Christmas this year?

Yep, I moved here a few months ago because I'm working here right now. I wish it would be a white Christmas, but I don't think that's going to happen.

How was it doing your DKNY Jeans ad with Inez and Vinoodh? Were you nervous?

I wasn't nervous once I got there because they made me feel so comfortable and made the shoot fun. They showed me the pictures as we were taking them, and I was just like, "how do you guys do this?" It's like they're a well-oiled machine because there's two of them.

Who do you look to for fashion inspiration?

On the carpet I really like Gwyneth Paltrow because her style is pretty similar to mine. In everyday life, I really like Rachel Bilson's style. She always looks really well put together, but in an effortless kind of way, like she's just grabbed the clothes out of her closet.

What's one item in your closet that's been there forever?

Hm... I have this pair of jeans from seven years ago that I haven't been able to get rid of. Shoes are also hard for me to throw out, because I never know what I'm going to need! So it's always overwhelming for me to try to clean out my closet [laughing].