Ashley Benson Interview: JustJared.com Exclusive!
The 22-year-old actress may be known for playing one of the prettiest liars on TV, but there’s much more to her than meets the eye.
Find out what Ash told us about her edgy new role in Spring Breakers, the much anticipated Halloween episode of PLL, and her bathing suit insecurity.
FYI: Don’t forget to watch Ashley in the dramatic season finale of Pretty Little Liars TONIGHT @ 8PM ET/PT on ABC Family.
Click inside to read JustJared.com‘s interview with Ashley…
JJ: On Pretty little Liars, Hanna and Caleb recently had a really hard break up but it seems like they may be back on track to getting back together. Do you think there’s still hope for them?
AB: Yeah, I mean Hanna and Caleb are so connected. No matter what challenges they face they always get back together, so I think they’ll have a future for sure.
JJ: What’s your go to break-up remedy in real life?
AB: I think just being around friends and not being alone – having girl time.
JJ: Your character is really good at keeping secrets on the show, are you a good secret keeper in real life?
AB: Yeah, I’d say I’m pretty good. I mean I have a big mouth, but I can keep important stuff to myself!
JJ: When you were Hanna’s age did you ever have a friend that was similar to Ali?
AB: When I was younger, I wasn’t like a nerd, but I was kind of left out because I was in the industry and all that. I was in the popular group at one point, then they like kicked me out and were really mean to me and made fun of me. They made my life miserable, which is kind of similar to how Ali is.
JJ: All the girls on PLL are so trendy. In real life, what’s your fashion guilty pleasure?
AB: I wear a lot of boots and leather jackets. I’ve also been getting into these vintage dresses that are really fun.
JJ: Do you think the show’s Halloween episode will top last year’s?
AB: Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. The Halloween episode is awesome! Adam Lambert’s going to guest star and we have really cool costumes and it’s a really fun concept this year. It’s actually really scary! It’s like amazing.
JJ: Your co-star Lucy Hale recently signed a recording contract! Is singing something you’d be interested in pursuing?
AB: Yeah, but if I ever did it I think I’d want to do it in a movie role. I don’t think I’d ever want to come out with anything, but I do love to sing! I wouldn’t want to have an album, but it’d be cool to do a movie where I could sing.
JJ: Do you think there will ever be a Pretty Little Liars movie?
AB: I don’t know. There’s always been talks about that. It’s kind of up in the air right now, but it’d be kind of cool if there was. It’d be be a cool way to wrap up the show!
JJ: Earlier this year you wrapped up your upcoming movie, Spring Breakers, was it fun to branch out from your PLL character?
AB: Yeah, it was. It was such an awesome experience. It was very different from anything I’ve done, obviously. It’s more edgy and it’s a little bit darker and I just play an insane character, but it was fun because I always play the same characters throughout my career and this is one that I really invested time in. It was just a good script and to work with Harmony was awesome and the cast was amazing! It was really fun!
JJ: Did you have a favorite scene to shoot?
AB: I think all the scenes were pretty fun. I got to carry a gun a lot, so doing a lot of the robbing scenes was probably the most fun.
JJ: Are you more excited or nervous for people to see it?
AB: I’m really excited for people to see it. I think it’s going to shock a lot of people. My fans are generally teenagers or younger, so obviously a lot of them can’t see it, but the ones who do see it I think they’re going to really like it. It’s definitely a shocking movie, but it’s done in a really great way.
JJ: Will you and the cast be going to the Venice Film Festival?
AB: Yeah, we’ll go to Venice at the end of this month for the film festival, then we go to the Toronto film festival, so we’re premiering it very soon. I can’t wait!
JJ: Have you seen the film yet?
AB: I mean I’ve seen the movie and it’s absolutely amazing, but I can’t wait to see it with people around so I can see their reactions so I’m very excited!
JJ: What did you, Selena Gomez, and Vanessa Hudgens do for fun when you weren’t working on SB?
AB: We were shooting in Florida and it was super boring. We were filming in a town that had a few places to go, but they were more for older people (laughs) so we would go to dinner and hang out in our hotel rooms and stuff. We didn’t really do much. We were working on weekends, so we didn’t get a lot of time off, we found this really cool vintage store that me and Vanessa went to a lot.
JJ: Were you ever uncomfortable being a bathing suit so much for the flick?
AB: Yeah, I was super nervous before I got the movie and I was worried about it. I talked to Harmony about it and he was like, “There’s no need to stress out. You guys are college students in the film and nobody has the perfect body!” Harmony really wanted us to look like we drank all the time and we partied, cuz that’s what they did, and he didn’t want us to have perfect bodies.
JJ: It sounds like that took off a lot of the pressure.
AB: Yeah, so when I got to set I was a lot more comfortable. I mean any time you’re in a bathing suit you’re always self-conscious, because people comment and you know, but Harmony made us all feel really comfortable. What was also great was that me, Vanessa, Selena, and Rachel were all really comfortable with each other and nobody was commenting or trying to get super skinny. It was just a good group of girls to be around. We were all like, “We don’t care if we’re not perfect, and we’re not perfect.” It was nice.
JJ: Were you friends with any of the girls before you started filming?
AB: Me and Selena were friends and I’ve known Vanessa for a really long time, but we never hung out much and then I met Rachel on set. In the movie it seems like we’ve known each other for years and we all got a long so well and it was like the funniest thing I’ve ever filmed. I mean, how close we got, it was so cool.
JJ: We heard some rumors that you’re interested in playing Anastasia in the movie version of Fifty Shades of Grey! Is that true?
AB: Yeah, you know I’ve read all the books and I think it’s amazing series. It would be very difficult to play that role (laughs). I’d have to read the script and see how it is, but it’s going to be an awesome movie. It might be a little too much, but I’d just have to see how the script was.
JJ: Is there anyone around your age in the industry that you’re inspired by?
AB: Emma Stone, actually. She really inspired me, I think she’s an awesome actress. I think she’s a really good person to look up to that’s around my age. She also just seems really humble, I mean I’ve never met her, but I think she does an amazing job and she’s a good role model.
JJ: PLL is so many people’s favorite show. What’s one of your favorite TV shows from when you were growing up?
AB: Probably Lizzie McGuire. I loved her! Or Even Stevens, I liked that show too!