- Ashley Benson recently told INSIDER about her mission to play „powerful“ and „complicated“ women in a historically sexist industry.
- She said that lead roles with genuine depth are still difficult for women to find, but believes Hollywood is moving in the right direction.
- „We’re starting to now get more of a voice; I feel like a lot more people are looking up to women now like, ‚wow, women are the future,'“ she said.
- Benson will star in the 2019 movie „Her Smell,“ portraying a „grungy, wild girl“ in a band with a „major drug addiction.“
Although she’s had a Hollywood career since childhood, Ashley Benson may have made her name as Hanna Marin in the formidable, female-dominated ensemble of „Pretty Little Liars.“ Now 28, Benson has some thoughts about the direction of the entertainment industry — and she’s not afraid to share them.
Benson recently spoke to INSIDER about her mission to play „complicated“ characters, despite the historical lack of multifaceted roles for women.
„Being able to play a powerful female in a role — in a lead role at that, because there aren’t a lot of lead opportunities for women — is super important for me to find,“ she told INSIDER. „If you are in a cast of men but you mean something, and there’s a stamp that you put on that film and it’s empowering and not just ‚oh she’s the hot blonde,‘ or ‚the sexy girl,‘ that’s big. I think it’s really important for me to play someone that people talk about afterward and say, ‚wow, that’s an amazing woman. I wanna be like her.'“
Benson will star in the upcoming indie movie „Her Smell,“ portraying a „grungy, wild girl“ with a „major drug addiction.“ She told INSIDER that a strong, flawed female character is hard to find — but „realness“ is an essential aspect for her when selecting a role.
„Women should be able to play whoever they want to play and be admired and be congratulated,“ Benson told INSIDER. „We’re starting to get more of a voice; I feel like a lot more people are looking up to women like, ‚wow, women are the future.‘ I feel like we always have been, but now we’re going slowly towards that [in Hollywood].“
„It was super empowering, because it was mostly female in the cast, and it was great to just be surrounded by women who support each other and it was an incredible experience,“ she told INSIDER.
Benson also praised the „changing standard“ in the entertainment industry, particularly in regards to body positivity and inclusivity for women.
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Source: Business insider