Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson Cosmopolitan cove girl: ‘When I was 15, I was Scarlett Johansson’s stand-in for a Dolce & Gabbana campaign. I love her so much! I booked at hotel using a name from one of her films. They wouldn’t let me check in. It took forever to convince them it was really me.’
So you’re not like Hanna? The only way I’m similar to her is that she’s sarcastic and she’s always having fun—that’s me too. Once, I stuck gum on Keegan Allen’s coat collar, so when he leaned back, it got caught in his hair.
Do you ever wish the characters were more down-to-earth? 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.
I mean, I want to work with Woody Allen; that’s one of my goals. And every film he does, the wardrobe is so simple, no makeup or hair, and that’s what I love in a movie—a natural human being, not dressed to the nines, false lashes, all done up.
What are your other goals? I would love to be able to do my show and do movies. Once the show ends, I’m going to be so sad because it’s gotten me to where I am, and we have the best fans.
On dealing with nudity on camera: ‘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.’
On steering clear of drugs while growing up in Hollywood: ‘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. I would never want to be out of control with my body.’
On her on-and-off-again boyfriend Ryan Good, Justin Beiber’s former stylist: ‘Ryan is one of the strongest people I’ve met, so grounded and such a positive influence on people. We took a break because it was so hard. I work 20 hour days, so I’m always gone. So a lot of your relationship is on the phone and iChatting and trying to catch up.’