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Ashley Benson Talks Love & Other Drugs In Cosmopolitan: “I’ve Seen Lives Ruined!”

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Ashley Benson may be one of the stars of the hot ABC Family television show Pretty Little Liars. But in Cosmopolitan‘s March 2014 issue, the actress tells the truth about her high school character’s unrealistic wardrobe.

“The thing I always make fun of is the wardrobe,” she says of Hanna. “Really, do you think anyone would actually wear full hair and makeup and 6-inch heels to school? I was 13 when I was last in school, and I never wore makeup. I wasn’t allowed. Now [girls are] all wearing heels and makeup and getting their hair done, so I’m not sure it’s us influencing girls or that’s just the way it is now. If I had gone to high school, I would have rolled out of bed and showed up in sweats. I mean, I want to work with Woody Allen; that’s one of my goals. And every film he does, the wardrobe is so simple, no makeup or hair, and that’s what I love in a movie—a natural human being, not dressed to the nines, false lashes, all done up.”

And while keeping her wardrobe simple is important to the 24-year-old actress, don’t expect to see Ashley on screen in the buff. “I never want to do nudity that’s gratuitous,” says the Spring Breakers star. “Girls look so much better in lingerie or a t-shirt and leave the rest up to the imagination. I make it clear that I have a line. Everyone tries to push you, and it’s easy to get talked into doing those things. I’ll just walk off-set. But not everyone realizes they can do that.”

Another idea Ashley quickly shoots down is using drugs. “There are drugs and alcohol in my family on both sides, so I’ve seen lives ruined, going to jail and all that,” she explains. “Once you start with any drug, it can be an addiction—that’s why I never want to start and am not even tempted, because that chain is relentless. And if it runs in your family, you see how unglamorous it is. I would never want to be out of control with my body.”

For more from Ashley’s cover story, visit Cosmopolitan.com and be sure to pick up the March 2014 issue on newsstands February 4.

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