Ashley Benson is a well-known American model and actress who has been active in Hollywood since 2002 and is notable for her role in the 2007 comedy dance film, Bring It On: In It To Win It.
Benson’s role in the Pretty Little Liars won her the Young Hollywood Awards and Youth Rock Awards in 2011. She also featured in music videos and has remained active to date.
Before we pry further into her career success and progress, let’s get to know a bit about her background.
Ashley Benson’s Biography
Ashley Victoria Benson was born on December 18, 1989, in Anaheim Hills, Anaheim, California, where she grew up in the world of entertainment. She was raised by her parents Jeff Benson and Shannon Harte alongside her older sister named Shaylene.
Her father is of English and German descent and her mother is of Irish descent.
It was revealed that Benson was a miracle child born prematurely two months early than expected, she weighed 2 pounds 8 oz and remained in the ICU for 8 weeks. Doctors told her parents she’ll need heart surgery on December 25th but their prayers were answered on that Christmas day and the doctors confirmed the hole in her heart had mysteriously closed up. No longer needing any surgeries, Benson was released from the hospital at 4 1/2 pounds and has remained healthy ever since.
Sharing more about her childhood on Instagram, Benson said her mum always took her and her sister Shaylene to the mall on the weekends for a glamour shoot. Plus she was afraid of heights. At age 3, Ashley Benson got enrolled in ballet dance class and musicals like a tap, jazz, and hip-hop. Then she joined her church choir where she performed solo. When she turned 8, Ford Models contracted her to appear in several print ads.
Benson practically grew up into modeling and acting. Besides signing with Ford Models at a very young age, she featured as a series regular on the daytime soap Days of Our Lives, for three years.
She landed her big-screen debut playing a minor role in the comedy film 13 Going on 30 in 2004. This was followed by the Bring It On franchise. To play the cheerleading stunts, Benson had to overcome her fear of heights. But that was the big career challenge she had to face to step out of working only on the soap operas and end her contract with Days of our Lives.
Speaking about the career move, Ashley Benson said ditching the soap opera was the best thing to do at that time if it meant moving on to bigger and better things.
Going further in her career in 2008, she got a major role on Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal where was the head cheerleader Brooke. The same year, she accepted a supporting role in Bart Got a Room, as well as played the role of the witch disguised as a cheerleader in a 2008 episode of Supernatural. It was in 2009 that Benson got the ABC Family mystery-thriller teen TV series Pretty Little Liars. Her performance in the movie which premiered to 2.47 million viewers was highly praised by critics and earned her a number of nominations and awards as mentioned earlier.
Benson actively featured in several movies from 2010 to 2016 including How I Met Your Mother, Ratter, Pixels, Elvis & Nixon.
Relationships, Affairs, and Boyfriend
Ashley Benson has been in relationships with a number of popular celebrities. She started dating Justin Bieber’s ”swagger coach, Ryan Good in 2011. The affair was described as on and off until they broke up for good in 2016.
She and actor Chord Overstreet were spotted leaving a hotel together in 2012. This sparked a rumor about the two being an item.
She got involved with actor Nat Wolff and they were seen holding hands in October 2015. The same year, a rumor sprung up that she was also dating actor Taylor Lautner. Then comes Pretty Little Liars co-star Tyler Blackburn whom Benson was spotted kissing at Coachella 2015. Despite rumors of their hookups, both have denied any intimate affairs between them even though some photos prove otherwise.
Meanwhile, long before she got famous, Benson was dating Justin Thorne of One Call and even modeled for his music video, Blacklight.
In all her years as an actress, the blonde has amassed a considerable amount of wealth not only from acting but from various endorsement and sponsorship deals. She is reportedly worth $6 million. Her work as the face of Faviana, an evening-wear designer earned her around $52,000. In 1965 when she was still a kid in the Days Of Our Lives, Benson was earning $6,000 per episode.
Moreso, It is estimated that she was earning $127,000 from her role in Pretty Little Liars. Then the amount kept on increasing as she gained more fame, thus by the end of 2015, her take-home earnings were about $235,000. Besides owning a Range Rover, her Los Angeles home is worth $2.695 million, which is a 3,085 square foot house with three bedrooms and bathrooms located at Sunset Strip.
The house is described as a 1930’s French Normandy-style cottage with a chandelier-lit foyer, secure courtyard, a wood-paneled library, coffered ceilings, a huge balcony; a swimming pool, and an elevated spa. Not bad at her youthful age and without a college degree.
Other Facts about Ashley Benson
1. She’s a philanthropist and has been involved with a Los Angeles-based non-profit dog rescue group called Wags & Walks. On one occasion she teamed up with a Unilever program, Share a Meal, which aims to end child hunger.
2. As mentioned earlier, Benson hasn’t got a college degree since her tight work schedule didn’t allow it. Plus the blonde once disclosed she didn’t like school, even though she was a good student.
3, During an interview, Benson disclosed that most of her friends are male and she only got one good girlfriend.
4. One of her goals is to be nominated for an Oscar award.
5. She likes all music but is definitely not a good fan of country music and while growing up, Benson passed through multiple phases – from punk rock to tomboyish phase, a trait which tends to immerge from time to time from her street fashion.
6. Her beauty icon is Angelina Jolie and she is totally into Rihana’s songs; rock, pop, and jazz.
7. Her favorite colors are white, black, and gray and she loves leather jackets, jeans, T-shirts, and boots.
8. Ashley Benson is also very close friends with Kristen Stewart.