Welcome back to my beginner’s guide to “Pretty Little Liars.” In this installment, I am introducing Hanna Marin who is played by Ashley Benson.
About Hanna Marin
After Ali’s death, Hanna Marin took on a whole new look and persona. While Ali used to rule the school, Hanna quickly took over with another former dork, Mona. In the days of Ali, Hanna was your average Plain Jane but was somehow still allowed to hang out with the most popular girl in school. Ali was pretty awful to Hanna though. She often criticised her weight, nicknaming her “Hefty Hanna”.
When Ali disappeared, Hanna lost some weight, had a makeover and eventually became Homecoming Queen. At the start of “Pretty Little Liars,” Hanna was caught shoplifting a pair of sunglasses from the mall. Her mother,Ashley was mad at her for bringing shame on them but made the problem go away by sleeping with the arresting officer, Detective Wilden. I will explain more about both Ashley and Detective Wilden another time. It transpired that Hanna may have gotten herself in trouble to attract the attention of her father who walked out on them some time ago. It worked too, he appeared in the show briefly to reveal he plans to re-marry. As a result of Hanna’s father leaving, Hanna and Ashley’s expensive lifestyle drained their bank account and it seems they will face a lot of problems in the future.
Hanna’s popular girl status entitles her to a hunky, football playing boyfriend. His name is Sean and while Hanna frustrates him in many ways, they seem to love each other a lot. In the middle of the first half of the season, Hanna really wanted to sleep with Sean but he rejected her for moral reasons. After being initially hurt and angry,she went with him to a special group called Real Love Waits, dedicated to helping teens understand why rushing into sex is a bad idea. It was at this group that Hanna met a guy called Lucas. Again, there will be more about him later but he and Hanna became firm friends.
Although Hanna sounds a little bit like a wild child, her inner dork and her insecurities still show when she lets her guard down. At first she did seem a bit brash and snooty but underneath it is a very sweet girl. The bad news is, at the end of the Pretty Little Liars mid-season finale, Hanna got knocked down by a car, just as she had solved the mystery of “A”. We have to wait to find out whether or not she is still alive.
About Ashley Benson
Ashley Benson was born on December 18th 1989. From the age of three, she began dancing in competition and was also a keen singer. She began modelling at the age of eight and started acting when she was ten. Ashley Benson was in the movie 13 Going On 30, and has been in television shows such as “The West Wing,” “The OC,” and “7th Heaven.” Her longest television stint so far was three years as Abby Deveraux in “Days of Our Lives.”
Ashley Benson is probably my favourite actress in “Pretty Little Liars.” She has quite a unique way with her line delivery on occasion and she really plays her part well. If her time on the show is over, I will be very disappointed but I am certain it won’t be the last time we hear from Ashley Benson!
If you enjoyed this article, please check out the other parts:
A Beginner’s Guide to Pretty Little Liars – Part One, Alison DiLaurentis
A Beginner’s Guide to Pretty Little Liars – Part Two, Spencer Hastings
A Beginner’s Guide to Pretty Little Liars – Part Three, Aria Montgomery
A Beginner’s Guide to Pretty Little Liars – Part Four, Emily Fields