About Ashley Benson
That same year, Benson landed a role on the long-running daytime series "Days of our Lives" (NBC, 1965- ). For three years, she played Abby Deveraux, the daughter of the show's power couple Jack and Jennifer Deveraux (Matthew Ashford and Melissa Reeves). "Days of our Lives" viewers considered Benson's character, who was also paired up with racecar driver Max Brady (Darin Brooks), as the show's leading young heroine during her time on the show. Benson departed the role in 2007 after her character moved to London. Benson then starred in "Bring It On: In It to Win It" (2007), as an all-star cheerleader who attends a national camp and clashes with a rival team. The direct-to-DVD release was part of the "Bring It On" (2000) teen comedy franchise. Benson returned to primetime television, playing the daughter of a suburban mom with witchlike powers (Rebecca Romijn), on the short-lived "Eastwick" (ABC, 2009).
In 2010, Benson landed a starring role on ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars," a mystery drama series based on Sara Shepard's 2006 novel of the same name. The show followed four friends whose lives begin to unravel following the mysterious disappearance of their clique's queen bee. Benson played Hanna, the once-chubby girl whose popularity soars after her group leader's disappearance. Her character struggled with her weight and often shoplifted in order to gain her absent father's attention. "Pretty Little Liars," which was described as a teen version of "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004- ), struck a chord with viewers and critics for taking on real-world issues - from body image to homophobia - and giving young women hope and courage to confront their own problems. "Pretty Little Liars" also turned Benson and her co-stars Troian Bellisario, Shay Mitchell and Lucy Hale into Hollywood "It" girls, gracing the covers of magazines and attending major events.