Ashley Benson is well known for her role of Hanna Marin on ABC Family’s (soon to be Freeform) hit TV show Pretty Little Liars, but there are a lot of things that people don’t know about her. In an interview with Ocean Drive, Ashley opened up about modeling at the age of 8, signing a contract with Days of Our Lives at the age of 14, and even once being told she was too fat for a role.
When talking about the time she got rejected because of her weight, she said, “I was just told I was too fat for a part.” She continued with, “I’m a size 2! I cried for 30 minutes, but then you have to let it roll off your shoulders or it could cause a serious eating disorder. A lot of people in this industry hear they need to lose weight more times than they should. It does make you stronger, though. Because if you let that affect you, you can’t be in this industry—you’d go crazy.”
Ashley also talked about the dangers of photoshop and what it can do to girls. She said, “I saw photos from a shoot of myself just the other day and thought, What the hell? That doesn’t even look like me! I was so disappointed.” She added, “I hate to think that girls are like, ‘She’s so skinny! Her skin is so perfect!’ I have pimples just like they do.” To prove it, the outspoken actress posted a photo of herself with dots of zit cream on her face on Instagram. Why? “Because I wanted to show people I’m not perfect—no one is.”