Ashley Benson (Hanna) is more than just a pretty face. She’s also a fount of useful information. You know the Pierces’ song “Secret” that kicks off the show each week? It was her idea.

“I was the one who brought that song to the producers and told them ‘You have to have this as the opening credits song,’” Ashley shared with TV Squad. “I'm a huge fan of The Pierces -- that's the group who sings 'Secret.' I was listening to the song while we were filming in Vancouver and I was like, ‘Oh my god, that's the best song for the show.’ I pitched it to the producers and the creator and they said ‘Maybe,’ and it turned out to be the song. So I couldn't be happier. It's just so spooky and eerie, and it's perfect for the show.”

Ashley also says she and Hanna have a lot in common — like Hanna, Ashley has experienced a tumultuous ride up and down the social ladder.

“I can relate to her when she was the outcast and not popular and she got made fun of, because that was totally me in elementary school. I was popular, and then I got booted down to being the outcast. So I was definitely made fun of, I didn't want to go to school, that whole thing.”

Luckily there are no mean girls in the Pretty Little Liars cast — Hanna says they’re all thick as thieves.

“We do a lot of things together. We've just gotten so close — they're like a second family to me.”

Aww. We expect that will come in handy if the girls are ever blackmailed by a ghost!

Source: TV Squad