Ashley Victoria Benson is an American actress, model, and singer. She is best known for her role as Hanna Marin in the Pretty Little Liars series (2010-2017). Ashley Benson as she is popularly known has starred in several 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). For her roles, she has received several awards and accolades including competitive award nominations. RNN details Ashley Benson’s net worth, biography, and career.

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Bio-Data

Name Ashley Victoria Benson
Date of Birth December 18, 1989
Gender Female
Marital Status Single
Professions Actress, Model and Singer
Ashley Benson’s Net Worth $6 Million
Nationality American

Biography

Ashley Benson was born on the 18th of December, 1989 in Anaheim Hills, California. Her parents are Shannon and Jeff Benson. She also has an older sister, Shaylene Benson who is also an actress. Ashley Benson has  Irish, English, and German ancestry. At the age of 2, she had already started dancing competitively with hip hop, jazz, ballet, tap and lyrical. Also, she started singing at the age of 5 and had been nursing the thought of acting since that age. At the same age, she started modelling for dance catalogues. And at the age of 8 already, The Ford Modeling Agency started pursuing her. Then, she started working steadily in print and is still with the agency to date.

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Early Career

Ashley Benson as earlier stated, began dancing competitively, studying jazz, tap, and hip hop. Also at the age of 4, she started singing in choirs and musicals and even performing a solo at her church. And when she was 8, she signed with Ford Modelling agency and appeared in several print ads.

From 2004 to 2007, Ashley Benson appeared on the daytime soap, Days of Our Lives as Abigail Deveraux. Afterwards, she made her big screen debut in the 2004 comedy, 13 Going on 30. She also starred as Carson in Bring It On: In It To Win It in 2007 which was the fourth instalment of the Bring It On franchise.

Ashley Benson recalled working on a film set instead of a soap opera set because she would spend days working on one or two scenes. For Bring It On: In It to Win It, she had to attend cheerleading practice because she was afraid of heights. Nonetheless, she was glad to do her own stunts even though she wasn’t expecting it to be so hard; quoted from her recounts of the event.

2008

In 2008, she appeared in Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal where she played head cheerleader, Brooke Tippit. The film was based on a true-life story which happened at McKinney North High School in Texas. There she became good friends with Tatum O’Neal from whom she learned acting. Also, she had a supporting role in Bart Got a Room, which aired mainly on film festivals in 2008 before having a limited release in 2009. She also played a witch disguised as a cheerleader in a 2008 episode of the Supernatural series.

In 2009, Ashley Benson starred in the Eastwick series. The series, however, only lasted 11 episodes before it was cancelled by ABC due to low ratings.

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Career Breakthrough

In December 2009, Ashley Benson was cast as Hanna Marin in Pretty Little Liars based on the novel series by Sara Shepard. The series premiered to 2.47 million viewers and Ashley Benson’s performance received several critical appraisals. For her performance in the film, she also received several awards and nominations. In the spin-off series, Ravenswood, she repeated the Hanna Marin role.

In 2010, Ashley Benson starred in Christmas Cupid which aired on ABC Family. Then in January 2012, she was cast in Spring Breakers following Emma Roberts’ drop out from the project due to creative reasons. The film co-starred Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, and James Franco. Come January 21, 2013, she appeared as Carly Whittaker in an episode of the sitcom, How I Met Your Mother. In the same month, she became the face of eveningwear designer Faviana.

Ashley Benson starred in the 2015 independent horror thriller film, Ratter. In the same year, she also appeared in Pixels as Lady Lisa. The following year (2016), she appeared in the biographical comedy-drama film, Elvis & Nixon as Margaret.

Then in 2018, there was an announcement of Ashley Benson starring alongside Cara Delevingne and Elisabeth Moss in Her Smell. The film received generally positive reviews, and she became a contender for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She also did all her own vocals for the film’s soundtrack.

In 2020, Ashley Benson was featured in Creep by G-Eazy, a cover version of the Radiohead song. Also, she appeared in the music videos previously for NLT’s That Girl, One Call’s Black Light, and Hot Chelle Rae’s Honestly.

Ashley Benson’s Net Worth

As of 2022, Ashley Benson’s net worth is estimated at $6 million.

Personal Life

Ashley Benson was in a high-profile relationship with English model, Cara Delevinge from 2018 to 2020. Later on, she got in an on-again, off-again relationship with rapper G-Eazy on whose music cover video (Creep) she was featured in 2020. Currently, she resides in Los Angeles.

Notable Awards

  • 2011: Young Hollywood Awards, and, Youth Rock Awards,
  • 2014: Teen Choice Awards,
  • 2015: Teen Choice Awards,
  • 2016: Two Teen Choice Awards.

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