Ashley Victoria Benson is a model, singer and dancer. She is known for her role as Hanna Marin in the teen mystery-drama series Pretty Little Liars (2010–2017). Benson has starred in films, including Bring It On: In It to Win It (2007), Christmas Cupid (2010), Spring Breakers (2012), Ratter (2015), Chronically Metropolitan (2016), Her Smell (2018), and Private Property (2022). She has received various accolades, including four Teen Choice Awards, a Young Hollywood Award, as well as three People’s Choice Award nominations.
Nick Name Ash, AshBenzo, Benzo, AshB
Years active 2002–present
Born: December 18, 1989, 32 years old and 11 months, Anaheim Hills, California, USA
Sun Sign Sagittarius
Hair Color Blonde
Eye Color Blue
Height 5’3 in / 162 cm
Measurements 36-25-34 in / 91.5-63.5-86 cm
Bra size 32C
Father – Jeff Benson
Mother – Shannon Benson
Siblings – Shaylene (Older Sister) (Laker Girl)
Ashley didn’t go to high school. She was homeschooled.
2000s: Early work and recognition
Benson began dancing competitively at age three, studying ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop. She began singing in choirs and musicals at a young age, performing a solo at her church at age four. When she was eight years old she signed with Ford Models, and appeared in a number of print ads.
Benson made her big screen debut with a bit part in the 2004 comedy 13 Going on 30. She starred as Carson in Bring It On: In It to Win It (2007), the fourth installment of the Bring It On franchise. The role required her to both overcome her fear of heights to perform the cheerleading stunts, and to end her contract with Days of our Lives:
I got off it, I mean I had talked with the producers about doing this film, and they weren’t going to let me do it… I had just passed up so many opportunities where I could have done a film. So this big thing just came up, and I ended up getting to do this. I’m happier that I got off the soap though. I mean I give all my credit to them, because I have learned so much from being on soap operas and working with amazing actors who’ve been on there for like thirty, forty years. It was an honor to work with them. It’s definitely given me all my background. But getting off the soap opera helped me a lot too, because I can move on to bigger and better things. So I am definitely thankful I got to be on a soap opera though.
She recalled working on a film set instead of a soap opera set “definitely weird”, because she would spend days working on one or two scenes, whereas on the Days of Our Lives set, she filmed two or three episodes a day. For Bring It On: In It to Win It, she had to attend cheerleading practice, which was “hard for [her], because [she is] afraid of heights.” Nonetheless, she was “glad” to do her own stunts, even though she “wasn’t expecting it to be so hard.”
In 2008, she appeared in the Lifetime original film Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal, where she played head cheerleader Brooke Tippit, a character loosely inspired by Karrissa Theret of the Fab Five. The film is based on a true story which took place at McKinney North High School in Texas. She became good friends with her onscreen mother Tatum O’Neal, from whom she learned about acting. Furthermore, she was excited to land a supporting role in Bart Got a Room, which aired mainly on film festivals in 2008 before having a limited release in 2009, because it allowed her to work with William H. Macy. She also played a witch disguised as a cheerleader in a 2008 episode of The CW series Supernatural.
In 2009, Benson starred in ABC‘s short-lived supernatural comedy television series Eastwick. The show was based on John Updike‘s novel, The Witches of Eastwick, and the 1987 film adaption of the same name. The series only lasted 11 episodes before ABC cancelled the series due to low ratings but has since gained a cult following.
2010s: Transition to drama and breakthrough
In December 2009, Benson was cast as Hanna Marin in the ABC Family mystery-thriller teen drama series Pretty Little Liars, based on the novel series by Sara Shepard. Hanna is the “diva” and “It girl” of the group, having taken Alison DiLaurentis‘ place as the most popular girl at Rosewood High in Alison’s absence. The series premiered to 2.47 million viewers with Benson’s performance being praised by critics. She also received a number of awards and nominations. Benson reprised the role in the spin-off series Ravenswood in two episodes.
In 2010, Benson starred in the television film Christmas Cupid alongside Christina Milian and Chad Michael Murray, which also aired on ABC Family. In January 2012, Benson was cast in the film Spring Breakers, after Emma Roberts dropped out due to creative reasons. The film centers on four college students who are arrested and bailed out by a drug and arms dealer, who sends them out to do some dirty work on spring break. The film co-starred Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, and James Franco. Filming took place in March and April 2012, and the film was released in March 2013.
In the January 21, 2013, episode of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, Benson appeared as Carly Whittaker, Barney Stinson‘s half-sister who dated Ted Mosby. That same month, Benson became the face of eveningwear designer Faviana.
She starred in the 2015 independent horror thriller film Ratter, playing Emma Taylor, a girl who is stalked through her technological devices. That same year, she also appeared in Pixels as Lady Lisa, a fictional game character brought to life. In 2016, Benson appeared in the biographical comedy-drama film Elvis & Nixon as Margaret.
In 2018, it was announced that Benson would star alongside Cara Delevingne and Elisabeth Moss in Alex Ross Perry‘s music drama film Her Smell, and the film received generally positive reviews, with Benson becoming a contender for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. For the film’s soundtrack, Benson did all her own vocals.
2020s: Music ventures and later return to film
In 2020, Benson was featured on “Creep” by G-Eazy, a cover version of the Radiohead song. She also appeared in the music videos previously for NLT‘s “That Girl”, One Call‘s “Black Light”, and Hot Chelle Rae‘s “Honestly“.
From 2018 to 2020, Benson was in a high-profile relationship with English model Cara Delevingne, and has since been in an on-again, off-again relationship with rapper G-Eazy. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
2004 American romantic comedy fantasy film 13 Going on 30 (known as Suddenly 30) for her role as Six Chick.
First TV Show
American sitcom that aired on The WB from 2000 to 2002, Nikki for her role as a dancer. She appeared in just 1 episode titled “Working Girl” in season 2 and episode 18.
Benson workouts and does exercises regularly to look fit and healthy in the show Pretty Little Liars. Her strenuous workout and balanced diet keep her metabolism up.
Ashley Benson Favorite Things
Favorite TV Programs – Days Of Our Lives (1965-), Bad Sex (2011-), Skins (2007-)
Favorite Makeup Products – Benefit Some Kind-A Gorgeous Powder, Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer, MAC Shadestick, NARS Highlighting / Bronzing Blush Duo
Ashley Benson Facts
Benson started dancing at the age of 4 and that too competitively.
She has performed dancing in ballet, jazz, hip-hop and lyrical.
She has a flair for singing and has appeared in choir groups and musicals.
In 1999, she started her acting career.
She used to take $6000 for a single episode for TV series Days of Our Lives. She had a 3-year contract with them.
She has a crush on Johnny Depp.
She is good friends with Selena Gomez, Keegan Allen, Ian Harding, Vanessa Hudgens, Chord Overstreet, Cassie Scerbo, Dianna Agron, Francia Raisa, Emma Roberts, and Taylor Lautner.
Ashley has appeared in various TV shows as a guest like “How I Met Your Mother” (2013), Punk’d (2012), Supernatural (2008), CSI: Miami (2008), etc.
In January 2013, she became the face of Faviana (Evening wear designer).
When she was 8, she was approached by the Ford Modeling Agency.
Was the Girl friend of Cara Delevingne.