Fans of Pretty Little Liars best know Ashley Benson as hilarious and compassionate Rosewood fashionista Hanna Marin. She’s lovable, sweet, and full of confusing yet endearing wisdom. However, PLL viewers will soon come to discover a more grown-up different side to the ABC Family actress upon watching her in the dark indie film Spring Breakers.
The controversial film, directed by Harmony Korine and co-starring Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, James Franco and Rachel Korine, revolves around four friends who are arrested after robbing a restaurant to fund their trip to Miami, and it is already making waves due to its focus on hard-partying teens, gun violence, and drug use. And one of the most buzzed about scenes features Ashley participating in a three-way with James and Vanessa in a pool.
The racy footage will definitely shock many fans who are not used to seeing their favorite Liar entangled in such a risque predicament. It’s already a cause of great concern for parents of teen girls:
“While Ashley Benson may be a lovely young woman and a great actress, her comments about filming a threesome, without even one cautionary comment about the activity itself, add to the skewed and confusing portrayal the media puts out about sexual relationships,” said parenting expert Loni Coombs, author of “‘You’re Perfect…’ And Other Lies Parents Tell.” “As a fan of Seventeen magazine and a parent, I expect more of a magazine that holds itself out as an inspiration to young women.”
Nevertheless, according to Ashley, while it was an uncomfortable scene to shoot, it was what the gritty role demanded, and she and her colleagues were just doing their job. Here’s what she revealed about the ménage à trois:
“I’m really happy I had Vanessa to be there with me and James – he’s done this a million times, he didn’t make it awkward at all,” Benson told the Sun. “Vanessa and I were so thankful that we were so close and had each other because any intimate scene is very awkward, even kissing a guy on screen is awkward because you have people all around you filming as well as an audience.”
So how was the end result? Ashley critiques, “We just did it, and then it was done! But it turned out amazing.”
Watch the Spring Breakers trailer below and then drop us a comment telling us if you think you agree with the outraged parents or if you feel people overreacting considering Ashley was just doing what was required of her character.