The minute-long video shows a sensuous Ash in a variety of looks as she poses for the photographer. We’re not used to seeing the ABC Family actress quite like this — though, breaking out of the non-sexualized box the family-friendly network tends to put its actors and actresses is seems to be a conscious decision of Ashley’s over the past few years. In 2013, Ash starred in the scandalous Spring Breakers, which saw her shooting up Spring Break with her girlfriends in only a bikini.
Ash talked to Glamourabout her reasons for wanting the role, saying: “It was so liberating. The reason I chose this project—I’ve been looking for something to do during my hiatus, and I kept reminding my agent, ‘I only want to do something that’s different and will help put me in a new category.’ People see me as playing Hanna on Pretty Little Liars or being the stereotypical popular blond girl. Scripts like this do not come around often. I mean, Harmony [Korine] is so different than any other director. The script was edgy, it was fun, it was scary. I was like, ‘Yes! I have to get this part.’ And when I got it, I was so excited.”
Catch the Pretty Little Liars Season 5 premiere on Tuesday, June 10 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC Family.
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