In their upcoming movie Spring Breakers, Ashley Benson, 22, Selena Gomez, 20, Vanessa Hudgens, 23, and Rachel Korine, 26, leave little to the imagination thanks to their itty-bitty neon bikinis. Prior to booking her role in the film about the four law-breaking, alcohol-swigging coeds, Benson was apprehensive about showing so much skin on camera.
"I was super nervous before I got the movie and I was worried about it. I talked to [director Harmony Korine] about it and he was like, 'There's no need to stress out. You guys are college students in the film and nobody has the perfect body!'" Benson tells Just Jared. "Harmony really wanted us to look like we drank all the time and we partied, because that's what they did, and he didn't want us to have perfect bodies."
After her pep talk with the controversial Kids scribe, "I was a lot more comfortable," Benson admits. And given that her costars were facing a similar dilemma, Benson had plenty of moral support on set.
"I mean, anytime you're in a bathing suit, you're always self-conscious, because people comment," Benson explains, "but Harmony made us all feel really comfortable. What was also great was that me, Vanessa, Selena and Rachel were all really comfortable with each other and nobody was commenting or trying to get super skinny. It was just a good group of girls to be around. We were all like, 'We don't care if we're not perfect, and we're not perfect.' It was nice."
Benson and her costars will soon travel to the Venice Film Festival in Italy to premiere their racy new flick (also starring James Franco, 34).
"I've seen the movie and it's absolutely amazing, but I can't wait to see it with people around so I can see their reactions," Benson, who also plays Hanna Marin on ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars, tells Just Jared. "I'm very excited!"