Ashley Benson on the paparazzi: There are times I don’t even want to leave my house


Ashely Benson has been in the industry for almost 20 years. Her big break came at the age of 14 when she landed the role of Abby Devereaux on Days of Our Lives. Following Days, Ashley worked steadily, but in one-off parts until Eastwick, which only lasted a year. Her biggest role to date has been Pretty Little Liars, which lasted seven seasons. Ashely did have two very high-profile relationships, one with Cara Delevingne and one with G-Eazy that just ended, but she said she tries very hard to keep her private life private. The reason I am summarizing all this for you in because most of us know Ashley’s name, but we accept that she is not a huge star, certainly not one we would expect to be targeted by paparazzi. But, according to Ashley, they pursue her so ferociously, there are days she doesn’t want to leave her house. While on Paris Hilton’s new podcast, This is Paris, Ashley said there’s nothing she can do about it and it’s making her hate the industry.

Ashley Benson is all too familiar with the downside of being in the public eye. After watching the Framing Britney Spears documentary, the actor said she relates to how the singer has been harassed by the paparazzi.

“That’s the one reason why I hate being in this industry because you get unwanted attention,” she told Paris Hilton on her podcast, This Is Paris.

“It’s funny because when people see [you] in photos, living a normal life, being outside a restaurant or whatever, [they think,] ‘Oh, they called the paparazzi [on themselves] ’cause they want to be photographed,’” she explained.

“It’s like dude, I’m actually one of the ones who does not, will never [do that,]” Benson continued. “I always look horrible in these photos.”

“It almost causes car wrecks,” she explained. “They go through stoplights and all this stuff. They scream all this horrible stuff at you, and they just bother you to get a reaction. It gives me so much anxiety.”

“There [are] times [when] I just don’t even want to leave my house or feel like I can go on a hike or do whatever because for whatever reason, they just follow me and want to take my photo,” Benson continued.

[From Buzzfeed]

I remember seeing a video of a group of paparazzi photographing Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake as they walked to their car in a parking garage after seeing a movie. At the time the video was taken, there was no scandal in the Diaz/Timberlake relationship. But the photographers’ pursuit of them as they walked was relentless and I couldn’t imagine how anyone could live like that. So when a celebrity says they don’t want to go about their daily activity because of the paps waiting for them, I get it. We’ve heard the horrible things paps say or how they try to scare them, mostly women, (i.e. Rebecca Romijn and Hilary Duff) just to get a reaction. It’s horrible. Yes, celebrity photos are part of the industry. We need them, the celebrities need them, the studios need them. But not like that. Not the paparazzi photos that endanger anyone or induce anxiety. We could make do with a few candid photos taken in safe spots and letting celebrities otherwise live their lives.

Ashley brought up the fact that she would never call the paps. I’ll admit that when I see pages of pap shots of B or C listers doing mundane things, my first thought is that they called the photographers themselves. But a lot of the celebrities who are constantly photographed complain about the paps. I wonder if their team contacts the press without their knowledge? I like Ashley just fine. And I understand that she and Cara made good gossip for a short time. But it surprises me she can’t even buy milk without being chased down. I believe she’s not calling the paparazzi but how do they know how to find her? Maybe she needs to weed through her friend list because I’m worried someone is making some money off going through her Day Planner.




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  1. ellie says:

    I follow some celebrity fashion accounts on Instagram and can confirm that there seems
    to be a lot of B/C-list celebs (mostly young women) who are photographed almost every day.

    So it seems that the paparazzi interest in someone doesn’t always correlate with the level of fame.

    Maybe they’re an easy target (paps know where they live, their daily routine etc) and it’s just easier to make a few bucks off that instead of trying to get on a helicopter and get a million dollar pic of Beyoncé or the Sussexes.

    • Anony83 says:

      My guess is that someone like Ashley or some of these other lower-level celebs probably live in Silverlake or similar neighborhoods in LA where you can spot tons of B-list and lower celebs if you have a good eye for faces. I wouldn’t be surprised if paparazzi just set up at certain stores/coffee shops they know are popular in those neighborhoods or even wait at people’s condos.

      Bigger celebs who live behind gates and have security (cough Ben Affleck cough) who are photographed all the time make me suspicious, but for some of the B and C-listers, I do wonder if they just don’t have the money to truly evade photogs? I’m sure it’s a little of column A and a little of column B for most of these people though – they’re fine with paparazzi when they want positive coverage but just don’t like it when they’re out looking “normal” (which, fair, I don’t want my athleisure-wear-self in a national publication either.)

  2. Lily P says:

    I can only begin to imagine the anxiety caused by being pursued by intrusive groups of men with camera

  3. Lucy2 says:

    I can believe it. I just listened to an episode of Tig Notaro and Cheryl Hines’ podcast, and they both had paparazzi stories like that, and neither are a typical tabloid target.

  4. smcollins says:

    Isn’t she the same actress who once said in an interview that she doesn’t want to date another actor because of what Brangelina (still together at the time) goes through? Like, her with another actor would somehow be that kind of power couple? Idk…remembering that (my apologies, though, if I’m remembering the wrong person) paired with her statements here it just sounds like she has a pretty inflated sense of how famous she really is. It definitely sucks if that’s how it really is, but I’m feeling like she may be embellishing a bit?

  5. Case says:

    I didn’t think paparazzi were really that prominent/aggressive anymore and it’s sort of a myth that they still just pop up places unexpectedly unless you’re a huge star.

    • Lexy says:

      This. Nowadays everyone can be a paparazzi with their cellphones. Celebrities work out deals with the paps so that the paps can still get exclusive shots/celebs can choose photos. I’m sure there’s a straggle of paparazzi hanging around popular places hoping to get a random shot, but I really don’t believe they are hanging out waiting for Ashley. I know who she is but if I saw her waking down the street I wouldn’t recognize her.

      • Meg says:

        I realized that watching the britney doc. She was followed into restaurants and gas stations i cant imagine thats legal any longer? I cant remember the last time i saw that today or heard of a celeb complaining about this-correct me if im wrong.
        Considering her dating other celebs yet saying she doesn’t want fame and having a fling with james franco that happened to be photographed on an NYC subway and released- my gut says shes setting it up then complaining about it

    • Innes says:

      All the pics I see of her are taken by Backgrid (like on Just Jared) and are great quality (not blurry & close-up). Backgrid is the photo agency celebs call when they want to be papped.

      I’m sorry but I don’t believe she’s being hounded.. I know we should believe people about harassment but I think this is just a popular story told by B & C-list celebs to gain sympathy. I barely even know who she is and I never see pics of more famous celebs that actually want privacy and don’t call the paps..

      The paparazzi industry has changed from 20 years ago and it’s a lot more collaborative now. Unless you’re A-list it just doesn’t seem worth the paps time anymore to target or stake-out some low-level celeb.

  6. LULU wang was robbed says:

    Ashley just stop calling them, it’s that simple.
    Seriously, what demand is there to see what she’s up to? I don’t think she’s worked since PLL

  7. Astrid says:

    I sort of get the idea that some famous A-list actors manage to keep them and their kids out of the public eye. I wouldn’t recognize this woman anywhere. Is she calling the paps?

  8. observing says:

    There are a couple of pap photos where she does look sort of awful. Or maybe that’s the current style. I can’t decide. Whether you believe her or not probably depends on your perspective of what she’s wearing.

  9. bobafelty says:

    I have never heard of this person? Do photos of C-list actresses and influencers really sell that well?