For years, California native Ashley Benson has been relegated to playing the cheerleader or the pretty popular girl. But this year, she's breaking out in a big way: with director Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers. Alongside Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Rachel Korine, the 23-year-old actress takes part in the most epic spring break movie ever—one that involves everything from everything from knocking off a diner with toy guns to taking body shots off naked girls to dancing with automatic weapons.

Come Friday, when the film premieres in New York and L.A. (it opens nationwide on Mar. 22), we guarantee you that people will be wondering who the enchanting (natural) blonde is who basically owned the movie. Well, allow us to introduce you to her.

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