Full Name: Ashley Victoria Benson
Birthdate: December 18, 1989
Hometown: Anaheim Hills, Anaheim, California, USA
Occupation: Actor, Model
Ashley Benson is an American actress and a model who is mostly known for her role as Hanna Marin in the teen mystery TV series “Pretty Little Liars”. She was born on December 18, 1989, in Anaheim Hills, Anaheim, California, USA. Her father is Jeff Benson and mother is Shannon Harte. Benson also has an older sister named Shaylene. It is said that Benson was born two months early that her actual due time, so she as just 2 pounds and 8 oz. Due to this, she had to be kept in the ICU for a month and the doctors had told her parents that she would need a heart surgery. However, later her heart closed up and didn’t need any surgery. She was then discharged from hospital after 2 months at 4 and a half pounds.
From a very young age, Benson had a passion for dancing and singing. At the age of 4, Benson had already aces all the major dance forms including ballet, jazz, hip-hop and lyrical. Benson was also gifted with a melodious voice and loved to sing. She also performed at many musicals and also gave an audition to sing solo at four Christmas service at the church. According to Benson, she likes all kind of music except country. As a child, Benson also loved to bake and said that one of the best gifts she received was the Easy Bake Oven.
At the age of 5, Benson had already modeled for several dance catalogs. At the age of 8, Benson began to do modeling professionally under the Ford Modelling Agency. Till date, Benson is still associated with the agency. Due to this, Benson had been home-schooled. Though she didn’t go to high school, she did go to school for a certain time but didn’t like it. According to Benson, she used to memorizes every line of the movies she watched and later recite the lines along with her friends during recess. Benson also admitted that she had a gothic stage during her teenage and now she is more of an edgy chic. Also, in an interview, when asked about her goals, she said that she wanted to be nominated for Oscar and used to Practice her acceptance speech when she was ten.
Career and Salary
Benson started pursuing her career in acting at a young age of 10. In 1999. She appeared in several commercials, films and TV shows including “Nikki”, “The West Wing” and “The Distinct” in minor roles or guest roles. In 2002, she appeared as a schoolgirl in a music video of Lil’ Romeo. At the age of 15, Benson was signed to the NBC daytime soap opera titled “Days Of Our Lives” in a three years contract. In the show, she played the role of Abigail Deveraux also known as Abby who is the oldest child of the couple Jack Deveraux and Jennifer Horton. Her performance in the show was praised by the critics.
Also, in 2004, Benson made her debut in movies as one of the six chicks in the movie “13 Going On 30”. The following year, she appeared in the episode named “Quinn’s Date” in the show “Zoey 101”. In the same year, she appeared in a number of music videos such as “That Girl” by NLT, “BlackLight” by One Call, and “Honestly” by Hot Chelle Rae. In 2007, Benson played the role of Carson in the fourth part of the “Bring It On” franchise “Bring It On: In It to Win It”. The following year, she starred in the movie “Bart Got a Room” as Alice. She also appeared in TV shows such as “Supernatural”, “CSI: Miami” and “Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal”.
In 2009, Benson played the role of Mia who is a teenage daughter of Roxie Torcoletti in the ABC TV series “Eastwick”. However, the show was ended soon due to the low ratings of the show. At the end of the year, she has signed a contract for the mystery thriller teen drama “Pretty Little Liars”. The show was based on a novel series of the same name by Sara Shepard. In the show, Benson played the role of Hanna Marin who is the diva of the girl group who replaces Alison as the most popular girl at the Rosewood High in Alison’s absence. The series premiered and was seen by 2.47 million people. Benson’s performance in the show was highly praised by the critics. Benson has been playing the role since then till now. She has won several awards for her role in the show such as the Teen Choice Awards’ for Choice TV Actress: Drama and Choice TV: Chemistry.
In 2010, Benson also starred in the TV series “Christmas Cupid” as Caitlin Quinn alongside Christina Milian and Chad Michael Murray. In 2012, Benson returned to the movies with “Spring Breaker” Brit who is an irresponsible and uncaring girl. The following year, she appeared in an episode of the CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother”. She also appeared in other TV shows including “Barely Famous” as herself, “Ravenswood” as Hanna Marin and “Family Guy” as the voice of the character Dakota. She later appeared in movies such as “Ratter” as Emma Taylor, “Pixel” as Lady Lisa and “Elvis & Nixon” as Margaret.
While Benson worked in “Days Of Our Lives” she earned 6,000 dollars per episode. For the show “Pretty Little Liars” it is said that Benson is paid 42,000 dollars per episode earning 1400 dollars per day and 10,200 dollars per week. The estimated net worth of Ashley Benson is $6 Million dollars.
Back when Benson didn’t have much stardom, she used to date Justin Thorne who is an American singer from the boy band One Call. Benson also appeared in the music video of their song “Blacklight” in which he played the role of Justin’s love interest. The song was also played in the mid-season finale of “Pretty Little Liars”. Ashley frequently tweeted about the band. The two were also spotted together on Justin’s 21st birthday in Las Vegas. She also posted a picture of them with the caption “Justin’s 21st <3” and Justin commented, “U were gorgeous that night 😀 As u r every night.” Later, she posted some more picture together and one of them with the caption “That guy up there is my AMAZINNNGGGG boyfriend! His name is Justin and I am head over heels in love with him!”. Before, the two dated for a year and now the two are still good friends. Still, the two are spotted together sometimes despite their busy schedules.
In 2011, Benson started dating the American producer Ryan Good who was the “Swagger coach” of Justin Bieber. The two had an off and on a relationship for years. The two first began dating in 2011. In an interview in 2013, Benson said that the two are no longer a couple in an interview with Seventeen. However, after a few months, the two reunited and spit again in 2014. In 2016, the two started dating again.
During the break, Benson also briefly dated Chord Overstreet who is also an actor. There were also rumors of her dating the actor Taylor Lautner. The two were seen in a romantic dinner at a hot Mexican restraint in Los Angeles. Benson was also rumored to date her best friend and co-star from “Pretty Little Liars”, Tyler Blackburn. The two never admitted their relationship and said they were best friends but they were caught multiple time kissing and cuddling.
Model and Actress Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson have been dating since Apr 2018.