May30th• 2013 •

Complex’s 100 Hottest Women Right Now

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47. Ashley Benson

Occupation: Model, actress
Biggest accomplishment this year: Successfully transitioning into feature film world via Spring Breakers

COMPLEX.COM – Benson has risen to prominence this past year with her work on the ABC Family show Pretty Little Liars as well as her turn as the gun-toting Brit in Spring Breakers. She also had a one episode cameo on How I Met Your Mother, appearing as (yet another) Ted Mosby love interest. The 23-year-old also dipped her toe into the modeling pool, signing on in January to be the face of evening wear designer Faviana. Sadly, she recently confirmed her split from Ryan Good, the alleged “swagger coach” for Justin Bieber. No word on whether the cause of the breakup had anything to do with Good’s mostly-fictional profession.

May26th• 2013 •

That Time OK! Caught Up with Ashley Benson Over Slurpees at 7-Eleven

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OKMAGAZINE.COM – Nothing lifts my spirits better than a good Coca-Cola slurpee from 7-Eleven, so when I was invited to interview Ashley Benson as she kicked off Summer Slurpee Days with the inaugural sip of the season, I was so there. Pretty Little Liars gossip and my favorite frozen beverage? You don’t have to ask me twice.

Ashley, who was wearing a cute Enfants Riches Déprimés tee, sipped the chain’s new Slurpee Lite Sugar Free Sprite flavor while I enjoyed my Coke variety (what can I say, I’m loyal). Take a peek at our convo below!

OK!: What’s your earliest slurpee memory?
Ashley Benson: My dad goes to 7-Eleven for all of his coffee so I grew up going there and I would always get a slurpee. And then me and my friends get slurpees all the time during the summer because I get hot and sweaty really easily. Their new light flavor is half the calories, there’s no sugar—it’s great for summer.

OK!: Are you a purist or do you mix them up?
AB: I like to mix them up, but I do like the coke flavor and I like this new Lite Sprite flavor. It’s very hard to say. But that’s it—the soda flavors I love.

OK!: What can you tease about the upcoming season of PLL? I need to know who is in that trunk.
AB: It’s going to be pretty crazy. I’m excited for people to find out who’s in the trunk. I’m excited to see how fans like my storyline with my mom and I. We get into a lot of trouble this season. Caleb, my poor Tyler’s leaving me (for new ABC Family series Ravenswood), I’m really upset. There’s a lot that goes on. I think the biggest thing for me…I don’t care about any storyline, it’s just that my baby Tyler is leaving me. We have a crazy Halloween episode this year. It’s going to be amazing.

OK!: Would you like to do a crossover with Ravenswood?
AB: There have been a few conversations that have been brought up. I don’t know for sure if we’re going to but if they do I’d love to because I want to see my Tyler.

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May25th• 2013 •

Ashley Benson’s Peachy Glow — Get Her Exact Look

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HOLLYWOODLIFE.COM – Looking for the perfect glow for summer? Look no further than Ashley Benson’s gorgeous cheeks and lips! Her makeup artist spills on the exact products used below!

The Pretty Little Liars star glowed at the ceremony to kick off 7-Eleven’s Summer Slurpee Days — Ashley Benson‘s gorgeous look was created by celebrity makeup artist Mai Quynh. Get her exact how-to tips below!

“I prepped her skin with Embryolisse Moisturizer and then Clarins Smooth Canvas primer,” Mai tells

“Then, I started on the eyes. I used Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in BR709 on her lid, from her lash line to the crease. I brushed on the bronze color from YSL Ombres 5 Lumieres Eye Shadow Palette in #7. Then I smudged the dark brown liner from the palette along her top and bottom lash lines. I lined the inner rims of her eyes in Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eye Pencil in 20 Espresso.

I brushed on two coats of Lancôme Hypnose Star in Black. For her face, I applied Laura Mercier Oil Free Supreme Foundation in Vanilla Beige. I used Tarte Creaseless Concealer in Light under her eyes and around her nose. I set her face with NARS Pressed Powder in Desert.

I lightly dusted Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Bronzing Powder in Natural to her forehead, cheeks and chin. I applied Tom Ford Beauty Cheek Color Powder Blush in 02 Frantic Pink. For her lips, I used Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Peche.”

May25th• 2013 •

Esquire Q&A: Ashley Benson Welcomes You to Summer with a Slurpee — and a Bikini

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ESQUIRE.COM – Ashley Benson has an unusual amount of pull when it comes to the changing of the seasons this year. She helped kick off spring in very high gear with her turn as the notorious bikini-clad Brit in Spring Breakers. Now she’s showing us how to cool down by taking the first Slurpee sip of the summer at 7-Eleven, even if our calendar says we’re still a few weeks off. (To be fair, it is pretty damn hot out.) After Benson downed her ceremonial beverage in Los Angeles Wednesday, the actress (who also stars on ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars) talked to us about stepping out of her cultural comfort zone for Spring Breakers and the movie she’s writing about, well, “stuff.”

ESQUIRE.COM: So wait, why does your sip get to decide the beginning of summer?
ASHLEY BENSON: I have no idea, but 7-Eleven approached me and I’ve been drinking Slurpees since I was a kid, so I was super-excited to get involved. I guess people think I’m pretty cool.

ESQ: Apparently. What’s your favorite flavor?
AB: Well, they have a new one called Slurpee Light Sugar Free Sprite, which is a tongue twister. It’s only twenty calories, so it’s great for summer. Great for girls who want to be in bikinis and have a Slurpee and never feel guilty. And it tastes kind of amazing. I’ve had about six today.

ESQ: Is that your flavor of choice now?
AB: No. I like this new one, but I’ve always been a Coke girl. Love Coke.

ESQ: I was always the kid pulling nine different levers into the same drink. And I still kind of am.
AB: Oh God.

ESQ: I know. So Spring Breakers was pretty different from everything else you had done up to that point.
AB: That’s kind of why I did it. I’ve never played a character like Brit, so it was kind of a risk. But I didn’t really care. I wanted people to see a whole different side of me.

ESQ: Was it a conscious decision to show people that side at this stage of your career?
AB: Actually, it’s not really about that. I’ve always gravitated toward edgier films and that’s what I wanted to do for my first film. I explained that to my agent and he brought me Spring Breakers, and it was exactly what I wanted. It’s kind of crazy. I don’t know. I think my fans are getting older and I wanted to get new fans. [Director] Harmony [Korine] fans are amazing, and I just wanted other people to see me in a different way.

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May25th• 2013 •

Ashley Benson in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey': Will She Play Ana Steele?

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WETPAINT.COM – Ashley Benson shocked audiences this spring with her gritty flick, Spring Breakers. So when Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with Ashley at the Summer Slurpee Days event in Los Angeles, we had to ask about what she was doing next. Could the rumors about her interest in the big screen adaption of Fifty Shades of Grey be true? Is Ashley ready to play Anastasia Steele?

Read our interview with Ashley below to find out what she had to say about her future big screen aspirations.

Wetpaint Entertainment: How would you describe Season 4 of Pretty Little Liars?
Ashley Benson: Scary, fun, exciting, throws you off a bit.

You went off and did movies as well. Is it nice to come back?
Yes, definitely. It’s always nice to come back. I mean, I love doing movies. Right when we wrap, hopefully, I start working on a couple movies, so it’s nice. But they’re like my family, so it’s always nice to go back to them.

What do you want to do next?
A great movie with a really cool Indie director. I love edgy films. I would love to do a comedy, but I’m just really into like an edgy mood. So I would love to do something like that.

Like in the vein of Spring Breakers?
No. Different. I mean, I guess just a darker character. I have a few things that I’m deciding between. I’m on hiatus right now, and they’re all kind of very edgy and raw, organic. It’s really cool.

And Fifty Shades of Grey, anything happening there?
Oh, man. I’ve been linked to that movie so many times. It’s so funny. I don’t know. It depends. It might be a bit of a stretch. I don’t know if I could do all that.

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May25th• 2013 •

‘Pretty Little Liars’ Ashley Benson: “Hanna Has It Pretty Bad This Season”

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HOLLYWIRE.COM – Summer is making its way to us, and what better way to celebrate than with Pretty Little Liars and a Slurpee from 7-Eleven?

Ashley Benson is helping 7-Eleven kick off their Slurpee season this Memorial Day weekend with Summer Slurpee Days -– a 49-cent medium-sized Slurpee all weekend long! Chelsea Briggs caught up with the PLL star to talk all about the frozen drink, what’s going down with Hanna on Season Four and details on our favorite TV couple -– Haleb!

Dishing on the suspenseful Season Four of Pretty Little Liars, Ashley gives us all the deets on what Hanna will be going through -– including the many different hair lengths. “Hanna gets to have some really gnarly scenes this season with her mom and the police,” she explained. “Hanna has it pretty bad this season!”

And we have to talk about our poor Caleb, played by Ashley’s BFF Tyler Blackburn, who’s heading to the brand new PLL spin-off Ravenswood! “I’m so upset he’s leaving me!” he said. “Me and Tyler have been hanging out every weekend because I’m so upset, and we just start crying together.” Fingers crossed Hanna pops by Ravenwood every now and then!

You can catch Pretty Little Liars when it premieres on Tuesday, June 11th at 8/7c on ABC Family.

May24th• 2013 •

‘Pretty Little Liars’ Spoilers: Is Hanna Headed to Ravenswood? Ashley Benson Says…

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WETPAINT.COM – Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with Ashley Benson at the Summer Slurpee Days event in Los Angeles, and the Pretty Little Liars star gave us the scoop on Caleb’s departure — and Hanna’s trip to Ravenswood! It looks like Hanna will head to Ravenswood “sooner rather than later.” So maybe there is hope after all, Haleb fans!

Wetpaint Entertainment: What are your thoughts on Ravenswood?
Ashley Benson: I’m so excited, but I’m so sad. I love my Tyler. He’s the sweetest, and I’m really upset. But I’m so happy for him. If they film in a different state, I’m going to visit him on the weekends. So I was like, you’d better not like anybody better than me. I just love him dearly. He’s one of my best friends, and I’ve enjoyed working with him so much.

Where do we find Hanna and Caleb when we get back?
They’re in a good place. I mean we kind of go through ups and downs this season, because Hanna’s just going through a lot personally, and Caleb’s trying to help. She doesn’t want it. It’s tough, but they’ll make it through.

Do you have a dream scenario for Haleb?
I just want them to end nicely. I don’t know. I mean I don’t want him to leave, so that would be my dream scenario.

I know that Toby and Spencer go to Ravenswood. Is it a big group trip?
No. Just them two. I will go there once.

What can you say about how that’s incorporated?
I have no idea. I haven’t read the script yet. I just know that I’m going sooner rather than later, yeah.

May24th• 2013 •

Ashley Benson on PLL’s “Crazy, Unexpected, Scary” Season 4

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CELEBUZZ.COM – Calling all Pretty Little Liars fans. Ashley Benson is dishing on Season 4, her dream role, what kind of guy she’s on the lookout for this summer and more.

Celebuzz got the chance to catch up with the PLL star yesterday after she kicked-off 7-Eleven’s Summer Slurpee Days in Hollywood, announcing that all medium-sized Slurpee drinks are 49-cents for Memorial Day Weekend. Pretty Little Liars watchers have been waiting months to find out what’s in store for the girls (um–what’s in the trunk?!) so we asked her what we can expect when the June 11th premiere rolls around.

Ashley teased, “You’ll find out who’s in the trunk. You will see a lot of stuff with me and my mom, we get into a lot of trouble this season. A lot of Haleb stuff. A lot of Mona coming into the PLLs–that’s gonna be kinda weird.”

Yay, Haleb! But when we mentioned her co-star and good friend Tyler Blackburn’s (Caleb) departure to PLL spin-off Ravenswood, Ashley expressed her dismay. “I can’t talk about it, I’m so sad.”

Toby is another question mark for Pretty Little Liars fans, so we had to ask if we can trust him. Her response? “Ooh, I don’t know. You can’t trust anybody on this show. It’s really hard ’cause good guys come out and you’re just like, ‘what?’ So…I don’t know. As of now? I guess.”

As for any shocking deaths this season? “There’s always death in PLL,” Ashley said. Interesting…

Benson talked a little about how her character Hanna has changed over the last four seasons. “She’s gotten more independent. She has more of a voice. She’s really protective of her friends and she’s just a tough girl.” We also asked her which PLL she relates to the most and she told us, “I relate to Hanna and her humor because that’s me, like everything she says is me. The writers have gotten to know me so well, so that’s cool.” She also remarked that she doesn’t relate to Spencer, but likes her and Emily’s clothes.

Ashley recently took a darker turn for her role in Spring Breakers. So, what would be her dream role and who would be her dream co-stars?

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May23rd• 2013 •

2013 Teen Choice Awards Nominations: Pretty Little Liars

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The first wave of the 2013 Teen Choice Award nominations have finally been revealed and Pretty Little Liars is up for 3 awards, including Choice TV Show: Drama, Choice TV Actor: Drama (Ian Harding), Choice TV Actress: Drama (Troian Bellisario).

Check out who they are up against in each category below. The awards ceremony is set to air Sunday, Aug. 11, on Fox.

Choice TV Show: Drama

“Gossip Girl”
“Pretty Little Liars”
“Switched At Birth”

Choice TV Actor: Drama

Penn Badgley, “Gossip Girl”
Joshua Bowman, “Revenge”
Lucas Grabeel, “Switched At Birth”
Ian Harding, “Pretty Little Liars”
Nick Wechsler, “Revenge”

Choice TV Actress: Drama

Troian Bellisario, “Pretty Little Liars”
Blake Lively, “Gossip Girl”
Vanessa Marano, “Switched At Birth”
Hayden Panettiere, “Nashville”
Emily VanCamp, “Revenge”

May23rd• 2013 •

Ashley Benson Talks Dating Rumors and Beauty Secrets

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HUFFINGTONPOST.COM – These days, our knowledge of celebrities too often originates with paparazzi images and snarky quotes by anonymous “insiders.” After a while, it’s easy to forget that stars are real people. That’s why HuffPost Celebrity decided to launch its all-new #nofilter quick-fire question-and-answer series. Because how well do you know someone until they’ve shared their guiltiest pleasures?

Ashley Benson has been known as scene-stealer Hanna Marin on the ABC Family hit “Pretty Little Liars” for the past three years, and more recently ventured into edgier territory with Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers.”

While helping 7-Eleven kick off the season by taking the ceremonial first Slurpee sip of summer Wednesday, Benson, 23, chatted with HuffPost Celebrity about summer beauty secrets, devout “PLL” fans and why you can’t believe everything that you read.

Have you always been a Slurpee enthusiast?
Yeah, I’ve been having Slurpees since I was really young. My dad gets his coffee at 7-Eleven, so I’ve always been getting Slurpees. My friends like them as well, and they’re a good drink for the summer.

What’s your gulity pleasure?
Ice cream.

What’s one item that’s always in your refrigerator?
Ice cream. You can always find bottles of water, almond milk and ice cream.

How do you stay in shape and keep up that “Spring Breakers” body?
I’m trying to get in shape at the moment, so I guess just having a trainer, trying to eat healthier, SoulCycle, maybe some yoga — even though I haven’t done it before, I’m going to try it.

What’s your summer beauty staple?
A great moisturizer. Chanel has this amazing luminiscent foundation that makes your skin really glowy — it’s really cool for summer. I love long skirts, Slurpees, the Slurpee Lite Sugar Free Sprite flavor. It’s only 20 calories, there’s no sugar — great for that bikini body. That’s a good summer must-have.

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