Ashley Benson Talks On-Camera Nudity and Drugs in ‘Cosmo’

Cosmopolitan’s March cover girl, Ashley Benson, proved with Spring Breakers that she isn’t afraid of getting a little controversial. But don’t confuse her with her gun-toting, threesome-having on-screen persona, because in real life, Benson isn’t having any of that nonsense.

In the magazine, Benson talks about nudity and drugs: “I would never want to be out of control with my body.”

“There are drugs and alcohol in my family on both sides, so I’ve seen lives ruined, going to jail and all that. Once you start with any drug, it can be an addiction – that’s why I never want to start and am not even tempted, because that chain is relentless. And if it runs in your family, you see how unglamorous it is.”

She also talks about stripping down on camera, saying: “I never want to do nudity that’s gratuitous. Girls look so much better in lingerie or a t-shirt and leave the rest up to the imagination. I make it clear that I have a line. Everyone tries to push you, and it’s easy to get talked into doing those things. I’ll just walk off-set. But not everyone realizes they can do that.”

Benson got her big break on Pretty Little Liars, a show known as much for its over-the-top wardrobe as it is for its melodramatic plot twists. But Cosmo’s profile insists that Benson wasn’t wearing any makeup for her interview and she jokes about the show’s outfits:

“The thing I always make fun of is the wardrobe. Really, do you think anyone would actually wear full hair and makeup and 6-inch heels to school? I was 13 when I was last in school, and I never wore makeup. I wasn’t allowed. Now [girls are] all wearing heels and makeup and getting their hair done, so I’m not sure it’s us influencing girls or that’s just the way it is now. If I had gone to high school, I would have rolled out of bed and showed up in sweats.”

It’s not the first time Benson has been critical of Pretty Little Liars. In December, Benson posted a promotional image being used by the show to her Instagram, saying it used “[w]ay too much photo shop.” In the interview, Benson does praise the show’s fans, calling them the “best.”