Geez, stories like this break my heart.
Ashley Benson stars in Pretty Little Liars and was in Spring Breakers, and probably a lot of other movies that weren’t as good. Still, she’s famous and definitely is under the influence of typical body image pressures prevalent in Hollywood. Here’s part of her interview for Ocean Drive magazine and some of the stuff she says makes me sad, sad, sad for Hollywood:
She was told she was too fat: “I was just told I was too fat for a part. I’m a size 2! I cried for 30 minutes, but then you have to let it roll off your shoulders or it could cause a serious eating disorder. A lot of people in this industry hear they need to lose weight more times than they should. It does make you stronger, though. Because if you let that affect you, you can’t be in this industry—you’d go crazy.”
She hates being Photoshopped: “I saw photos from a shoot of myself just the other day and thought, What the hell? That doesn’t even look like me! I was so disappointed. I hate to think that girls are like, ‘She’s so skinny! Her skin is so perfect!’ I have pimples just like they do.”
Early stardom: “I definitely see why some people can go a little nuts. Being successful at such a young age—and I feel I never got to that level, but I’ve seen friends who have—is very difficult because you’re being told yes a thousand times more than you’re being told no. You’re making a lot of money, there are a lot of temptations, and there are no consequences no matter what you’re doing.”
She’s not into the LA scene: “It’s fun to have drinks with friends, but I would never want to do anything that would sabotage my career. I’d rather have dinner and drinks at someone’s house than go batshit crazy in public. It’s not my scene.”
I don’t really know this actress very well, but sounds like she’s got a good head on her shoulders and realizes the ridiculousness of her industry.
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Photos: Ocean Drive