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03/08/2013 12:22 pm ET

Ashley Benson Covers 'Seventeen', Talks 'Spring Breakers' And Jelena Drama

With blue highlights in her hair and star-spangled shorts, Ashley Benson is rocking a patriotic outfit in the April issue of Seventeen magazine. In her cover interview, the "Pretty Little Liars" actress dishes on where she ultimately wants to take her career, her involvement in some Jelena drama and what it was like filming her racy new movie, “Spring Breakers.”

Scroll down for photos from Ashley's Seventeen photo shoot.

“I haven’t heard from Selena! People thought that I was being mean, but I was just doing what the girl did in the video. It wasn’t a jab at her,” she explained in reference to her parody video that poked fun at Selena Gomez and her then-boyfriend Justin Bieber. “But I heard from Justin. He wasn’t happy. Justin is like my little brother since he and my ex are so close. Anytime you go through a breakup, the friends get defensive. But all is well in that area now.”

When it came to filming “Spring Breakers” (out in theaters on March 22), Ashley explained what drew her and castmates Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens to the R-rated film -- a big change from the family-friendly projects the actresses are known for.

“We all came from a Disney background, and this was different from anything we’ve done," she told Seventeen. "But we wanted to prove that we’re not just girls who play happy parts. It was such a crazy experience and it was character-building.”

Ashley also shared her celeb role models and ultimate career goal.

"I love Michelle Williams and Natalie Portman — those are the careers I want. My goal is to win an Oscar, and I’m going to take the steps to get there," she said.

For more on Ashley, head over to www.seventeen.com and pick up the April issue of Seventeen, on newsstands March 12.

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