NEW YORK—"The Twilight Saga" might be paying Nikki Reed's bills now, but the actress says she's ready to "hustle" for her next gig.
"These movies, as great as they are and as huge as they are, they don't just spoon-feed you careers. It's like you still have to go and bust your butt and work just like everybody else," the 23-year-old actress said in an interview Wednesday in New York.
Reed, who plays Rosalie Hale, the standoffish vampire sister to Edward Cullen, says she won't be resting on the laurels of the franchise's success.
"Now that `Twilight"s over, what I think is really important is going back to the hustle, you know, and working really hard," she said.
Reed's character takes on a more prominent role in the latest installment, the first of a two-part finale being released in theaters Friday. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" finds Rosalie teaming with Bella (Kristen Stewart) to protect Bella's half-vampire baby who's growing quickly and violently inside the human teenager.
Reed's post-"Twilight" plans include pursuing more comedic roles, though she worries that fans are used to seeing her as the serious, standoffish vampire she's played since the saga debuted in 2008.
"You know, I play very bold, very confident women, and I'm so different from the characters that I play. But it's true that people can't separate you," she said, noting that many people are surprised by her sense of humor.
Reed first entered the Hollywood scene in 2003 as a screenwriter for the film "Thirteen," loosely based on Reed's experiences with drugs, sex and self-harming in junior high. It starred Evan Rachel Wood, and Reed played a supporting role.
Reed has also dabbled in music with her husband of one month, "American Idol" alumnus Paul McDonald. The newlyweds recently released a duet, "Now That I Found You," which Reed wrote.
The final chapter, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," is slated for release in November 2012.
Nicole Evatt covers entertainment for The Associated Press. Follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/NicoleEvatt.