'Pretty Little Liars' Ashley Benson is not down with gratuitous nudity

cosmopolitan-ashley-benson-feb-2014.jpg Ashley Benson, who plays blonde bombshell and fashionista Hanna Marin on "Pretty Little Liars," is talking to Cosmopolitan this month about her time in Hollywood -- specifically, her policy about on-camera nudity and how tough it can be to steer clear of drugs and alcohol.

On the high-fashion outfits Hanna wears to school:

"The thing I always make fun of is the wardrobe. 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."

Her on-camera nudity policy:

"I never want to do nudity that's gratuitous. 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."

Her first-hand knowledge of the dangers of drugs:

"There are drugs and alcohol in my family on both sides, so I've seen lives ruined, going to jail and all that. 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."

Read the full interview at Cosmo, which hits newsstands Feb. 4.
Photo/Video credit: Cosmopolitan
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