Ashley Benson to Complex: I Was Almost Kidnapped & Fan Accosted Me In Shower
Ashley Benson talks about scary moments and bogus rumors in her new Complex cover interview.
“Now that Pretty Little Liars has been on for five years, people do notice me more,” says the actress. “I like meeting different people, which is not a problem. But it’s super weird. If somebody asks me to take a picture, I want to run and hide. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to it.”
One crazy interaction in particular freaked out Benson.
She recalls, “There was one girl when I was in a Korean spa with my friend. I was taking a shower, and there are no doors in the shower. Normally I’m, like, ‘Whatever, we’re all girls here.’ So I’m completely naked, taking this shower, and my friend’s in the one next to me.”
The actress continues, “All of sudden someone taps me on the shoulder. It was this girl who was like, ‘Hi, sorry to bother you, are you Ashley Benson?’ And I was like, ‘Are you serious right now? I’m naked.’ She was like, ‘Yeah, can I actually take a photo with you?’ She was trying to have a full conversation with me in the shower. That’s where you draw the line. Like, what parent encourages her kid to do that?”
Incredibly, that’s not even close to the scariest moment Benson has had.
She reveals, “A couple years ago, this guy literally tried to take me out of a car. [He] wanted to kidnap me.”
“A couple of my friends and I were in the car outside of an apartment building in L.A.,” explains Benson. “This guy pulled up super close to us and I was like, ‘That’s weird, we should probably pull forward.’ And the guy that was driving was like, ‘No, we don’t need to move.’ So the crazy guy got out of his car and tried to open the door, and grab us in the backseat. Right when he did that, we sped off.”
For the record, Benson tells Complex she’s also “afraid of spiders, heights, and throwing up.”
The actress may look fashionable on red carpets, but she has little interest in being glam.
“I hate getting dressed up,” she says to the magazine. “Halloween, proms, or themed parties, they’ve never been my thing.”
And she’s a bit of a homebody.
Benson admits, “I don’t go out. A typical weekend for me is going to eat with my friends and either having a drink at the restaurant or sitting at home and drinking wine and watching a movie. I don’t like clubs at all. The things you see people doing in there make you think, ‘Oh God, I don’t want to be around this.'”
Of course, the actress was part of Spring Breakers, which required that she, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez and the rest of the cast be around some club-like behavior.
“The four of us were filming this motel party scene and we had to observe what was going on and be in character,” Benson tells Complex. “My and Vanessa’s characters loved to party, so we couldn’t do anything to break that persona. But I remember looking over to the floor at these two girls rolling around and making out completely naked.”
She says, “At that moment, I literally closed Selena’s eyes. I felt like I had to mother her.”
Benson is asked whether being on an ABC Family show means she feels the need to be a role model.
“The network doesn’t really put pressure on you. I’ll make decisions for myself, but because I have young fans, I do feel a responsibility to them,” she explains. “Teenagers copy everything. I’d never be someone who’s out there drinking and doing drugs all the time. I don’t do it and I would never want them to think they have to do something like that. I’m not perfect at all, so I’m not the person to be looked up to, but I try to set a good example.”
What kind of weird rumors are thrown her way?
She says, “I always get that I’m pregnant. That’s really fun. Also, apparently I’ve dated every single one of my co-stars. That’s not true, haven’t dated one.”
What do you think about Benson’s interview?