With only two episodes left before ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars (Tuesday 8/7c) goes on hiatus, star Ashley Benson tells TVGuide.com that her character Hanna is beginning to care less about who her friends want her to be. Which could be good news for Lucas, the nerdy boy next store who isn't likely to pass the friend test. Of course, she also has other problems, starting with messages she and her friends are getting from the mysterious "A."
TVGuide.com: What have we yet to learn about Hanna?
Ashley Benson: She's really coming into her own and has changed a lot personality-wise. She's figuring out who she wants to be, and she's not going by what everyone else expects her to be. It's really fun to watch her develop as a person.
TVGuide.com: How is she going to handle the struggle between wanting to be the popular girl with the hot boyfriend and her budding relationship with Lucas, a nerd?
Benson: Honestly, I don't think she's really going to care that much. As the show goes on she's more free-spirited about it and she's going to do what she wants. If she likes Lucas, she's going to take that risk because it's not that big of a deal to her anymore to be popular. She has so much going on in her life right now that she needs support and a friend there that she can talk to besides the girls. She was in Lucas' position awhile back, she knows what it's like to feel left out and made fun of, so they have a lot in common and they're really great for each other. They make each other laugh and they're really comfortable. It's really cute because he's so scared of her, but she's telling him she's just like him and there's no difference between them. I can't wait to see how that relationship goes and if they get together.
TVGuide.com: Is that why Hanna is so understanding of Emily and Maya's relationship?
Benson: Yeah. Hanna has been through a lot in her life and she has always been judged. It's great that Hanna is being really supportive of Emily because she should. There isn't a problem with Emily liking a girl and if Hanna's the only one who knows, she has to be supportive.
TVGuide.com: Which of the four girls do you most relate to?
Benson: I really relate to my character. I know what it's like to be left out ... I certainly went through a period of time where I got made fun of and people were so mean to me, so I can really relate to that. I don't so much relate to the other girls, but I love Aria's style on the show. The audience can really pick a girl that struggles with the same struggles they have.
TVGuide.com: As you were filming, did you constantly change your mind about who A was?
Benson: Definitely. There are so many people it can be so I don't know where the writers are going to go with it. Everybody's got an eerie kind of vibe to them. There are a lot of characters being introduced in the last two episodes so they're going to be in the next half of the season so there are so many ways it can go.