Ashley Benson Opens Up About Dating Rumors and ‘Pretty Little Liars’
Since 2010, Benson has played Hanna Marin on ABC Family’s PLL. Over the years, we’ve watched her character evolve and go through different phases in her life. “I think her personality has changed the most out of all the other girls on the show,” Benson told the magazine. “Hanna’s been through an insecure phase, a popular-cool girl moment and a phase where she didn’t know who she was anymore. Every season she figures out a little bit more of herself.”
During a hiatus from PLL three years ago, Benson was able to film Spring Breakers with Selena Gomez and James Franco. This movie had Benson’s character doing all kinds of crazy and scandalous things, even more so than her character on PLL. “It was a pretty crazy movie but out of all the projects I’ve done, I learned the most on that one,” Benson told the magazine. “We improvised most of those scenes—especially the ones with James Franco. I’d never done improv before. Even when they weren’t supposed to be filming or we knew that anyone was filming, the cameras were on. Diving into a character like that—a crazy, drug addicted party girl who has no fear whatsoever? That was liberating.”
On the personal side, Benson has been in an on-again/off-again relationship with Ryan Good for many years. Good is Justin Bieber’s former stylist. Benson opened up to the magazine about dating in Hollywood. “Relationships are so hard in this business,” Benson revealed. “I don’t think I would be able to date a high profile actor the way Angelina Jolie has. Her and Brad have done a good job at keeping private but I’m sure that takes work. It’s too much attention when two powerful people are together. Everything is heightened and exaggerated. The strangest thing that I’ve read is that I’ve dated all the male co-stars I’ve had on Pretty Little Liars. None of it is true. It’s disgusting.”
One person who constantly has to deal with dating rumors is Jennifer Lawrence, someone Benson admires. “I think she’s the coolest person in the business,” Benson revealed. “She’s breaking the mold of what Hollywood stars are supposed to act like. I look up to her so much. Actors should stop acting when the cameras are off.”
To read more of Benson’s interview, head on over to FASHION magazine!
Plus, CLICK HERE to watch the promo from the sixth season of PLL!