Ashley Benson loves the ''freedom and challenge'' of independent film.

The 'Spring Breakers' actress - who is best known for playing Hanna Marin in TV show 'Pretty Little Liars' - is hoping to make more movies as she enjoys stepping away from the long-running show.

She said: ''Film is where I want to head towards and every year I try.

''I'd love to do independent films, I think there's more freedom and more of a challenge.

''Because I've played the same character on the show for years, any chance I get to play someone completely different to who I am or what I've played before, I like to jump at.''

While the 24-year-old star enjoyed working on 'Spring Breakers', she admits the level of recognition she received when out with co-stars Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez was ''crazy''.

She told Company magazine: ''When I went to Europe for the 'Spring Breakers' tour, that was nuts because I also had Selena and Vanessa with me. It just created a whole craze!

''I remember being in Paris and we were at a mall shopping, and we looked out of the window and there was thousands of people waiting outside - like we were the Beatles. It was like, 'Woah, this is crazy.' ''