Ashley Benson’s been a busy girl: she’s currently starring on TV’s biggest teen soap opera/guilty pleasure of twenty-somethings everywhere (ahem), she just got back from a whirlwind trip to Hawaii with on-screen/off-screen BFF Shay Mitchell, she’s on the cover of some of our favorite magazines — and now, she can add “the face of H&M Divided” to her already extensive resumé. That’s her latest gig, and she’s been doing it with some major aplomb.
There are a lot of reasons why she and H&M make a great match — and chief among them is her cool-girl style, both in fictional Rosewood and very-real LA. Her character on Pretty Little Liars is currently experiencing something of an identity crisis — a crisis that extends to acting out in the form of shoplifting, and a dramatically different new look (which I’m a huge fan of, by the way). Hanna’s always been up on the latest trends (at least since Mona gave her an “Ali upgrade,” anyway), but her edgier new look is, if possible, even more fitting for H&M’s teen-targeted Divided line.
Benson recently signed on to join the cast of Pixels, a comedy about a group of '80s video game characters starring Adam Sandler.
On Pretty Little Liars: “Well, I’m going through a darker period of Hanna at the moment; she’s going to go through an edgy phase. I’m going to have black hair and she’s going to, like, change clothes and be grungier, which I love! So I’m super excited to see where my storyline goes.”
On her amazing fans: “When I went to Europe for the Spring Breakers tour, that was nuts because I also had Selena [Gomez] and Vanessa [Hudgens] with me. It just created a whole craze! I remember being in Paris, and we were at a mall shopping, and we looked out the windows and there were just thousands of people waiting outside. Like we were The Beatles. It was, like, ‘woah, this is crazy’.
On her pup, Olive: “I love hanging out at home! I have a dog – her name is Olive, and she’s the best thing in the world. She’s like my daughter. So I love hanging out with my dog.
On fashion: “It is fun to dress up, but I’m always like, ‘I’m so tired, I just want to put on sweats!’. But, recently, I’ve been trying to dress more girly with the help of my stylist, Jamie Schneider. But, at the moment, I just don’t have the things. I’m more of a laid-back type of person, so I love jeans and a tee!”
On what’s next: “Film is where I want to head towards, and every year I try. I’d love to do independent films; I think there is more freedom and more of a challenge. Because, on the show, I’ve played the same character for five years, any chance I get to play someone completely different from who I am or what I’ve played before, I’d like to jump on that.”