Ashley Benson Had To Protect Selena Gomez On ‘Spring Breakers’ Set

Ashley Benson and Selena Gomez became fast friends shooting “Spring Breakers,” one of last year’s hottest movies. But while they bonded over bikinis and body shots on set, apparently it wasn’t all going out to eat or just hanging out at the beach.

Stepping outside of their salacious characters, Benson and Gomez had fun in the two-week time frame before the scandolous movie was set to film. Still, Benson recently recounted how her relationship with Gomez also became protective.

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“The four of us were filming this motel party scene and we had to observe what was going on and be in character. My and Vanessa [Hudgens'] characters loved to party, so we couldn’t do anything to break that persona. But I remember looking over to the floor at these two girls rolling around and making out completely naked. At that moment, I literally closed Selena’s eyes. I felt like I had to mother her,” Benson told Complex magazine.

That’s not to say the “Pretty Little Liars” star’s actions were entirely maternal. She also described an adventure with co-star Hudgens at the airport, once filming was wrapped. “We lost track of time getting dinner ’cause we were so tired, so we missed our flight. After spending two months in Florida, we just wanted to go home. We cried our eyes out on the floor and then picked ourselves up and had some drinks. … We went to the bar, and then we wandered around the airport ’til like 3 in the morning.”

Gomez and Benson remain close, as the two still have plenty of quality gal-pal time and celebrated Selena’s 21st birthday together. The two recently met up with “Spring Breakers” pal Vanessa Hudgens for a mini-reunion (wearing much more clothing this time around).