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Ashley Benson finds being intimate on camera “nerve-wracking”.
The Pretty Little Liars actress starred in 2012′s Spring Breakers which featured a lot of sex, violence and consumption of illegal substances. The 25-year-old can still recall what it was like pretending to inhale cocaine, and even though it wasn’t the real deal, it was still an unpleasant experience.
“It was awful when we had to snort ‘coke’ in the movie… we had to crush up B12 vitamins, and it just hurt my nose,” she recalled to FHM magazine. “I was like ‘my nose is bleeding, I don’t feel good, but these are just vitamins, I can’t imagine doing the real thing!’”
Ashley co-starred with James Franco and Vanessa Hudgens in the neo-noir crime drama. The blonde beauty was required to spend the majority of the shoot in a bikini, and despite her gorgeous figure, she actually found it very difficult.
“That was the hardest part, I was like ‘F**k, I’m literally in a bathing suit the whole movie!’” she added. “So I worked out really hard before I went and shot it and then Harmony [Korine, director] was like, ‘You guys need to look like you drink beer every day, you don’t work out, you eat fast food every day, don’t look good.’ So then I had to undo all my hard work!”
As well as pretending to take drugs, Ashley had to simulate a threesome with her co-stars. And while she was anxious about the scene, it helped to have Vanessa with her.
“Any time you’re intimate on camera it’s nerve-racking, but it was a closed set so nobody else was there,” she said. “I was really glad I had Vanessa by my side because we became best friends.”
Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson, Tate Donovan (24: Live Another Day), model-actress Poppy Delevingne and Dylan Penn, the daughter of Sean Penn and Robin Wright, have joined the growing cast of Elvis & Nixon, the true story drama that is currently shooting in Atlanta.
The movie, being directed by Liza Johnson, tells of the infamous Dec. 21, 1970, meeting between Elvis Presley and President Richard Nixon, both men at the height of their power in their respective fields. The meeting was initiated by Presley, who wrote Nixon an urgent six-page letter requesting a visit and suggesting that he be made a “Federal Agent-at-Large” in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.
Michael Shannon is portraying Elvis while Kevin Spacey is inhabiting Nixon.
Also in the cast are Colin Hanks, Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Knoxville, Evan Peters (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Tracy Letts (Homeland) and singer Sky Ferreira.
Benson is playing an American Airlines worker who is a huge Elvis fan. Donovan will be playing H R Haldeman, the White House Chief of Staff under Nixon.
Delevingne is a stewardess flying with Elvis to DC while Penn is a hotel worker.Cassian Elwes and Holly Wiersma are producing the indie.
Autumn Pictures David Hansen and Johnny Mac are financing and executive producing alongside Byron Wetzel, Robert Ogden Barnum and Jerry Schilling.
In addition to having gained a following for Liars, which is ABC Family’s number one show, Benson starred in the indie hit Spring Breakers with James Franco and Selena Gomez and will be seen in this summer’s Adam Sandler comedy Pixels.
Mary-Louise Parker, Ashley Benson, Chris Noth and Shiloh Fernandez will star in the independent comedy “Chronically Metropolitan.”
Tannaz Anisi’s 13 Films is handling international sales and will introduce the film to buyers at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin. WME is handling U.S. rights.
Jamin O’Brien and Daniel L. Blanc are producing through the Community, and David Frankel is exec producing. Xavier Manrique is making his feature film directorial debut from a script by newcomer Nicholas Schutt.
Principal photography on the project is slated to begin in February.
Fernandez will play a first-time novelist who returns to New York City unannounced ready to reclaim his lost love, played by Benson, who is engaged to be married. Noth and Parker will play the parents of Fernandez’s character.