“I used to collect and listen to tapes of The Jack Benny Show, The Jack Parr Show, Amos and Andy, George Burns and Grace Allen, you name it.
So I started out wanting to be a comedian, but my focus then turned to acting when I enrolled at the Lee Strassberg Acting Studio in New York City.
She has a younger sister, Danielle who is an artist.
As a child Benson studied music and dance, performing in the Birmingham Children's Ballet as well as in local theater.
After Ellen.com: What can you tell me about your new online series, with a hip, edgy lesbian sensibility.
So far, I think the show is going well and I especially love my old friend, Lisa Rieffel, who kicks butt on it every week. AB: I’ve only really done one day of work as of right now, but it was really fun.
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She won the Grand Jury Award at Outfest in 2005 for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film for her role as Maggie in the independent film Perhaps most importantly — at least to After readers — Benson was voted one of our Hot 100 women earlier this year.
In light of her enthusiastic fan following, contributing writer Jessica Jones agreed to take your questions directly to Benson, who answered as many as she could.
Unless you're a vampire who's been alive for centuries and hasn't aged a day since 1997, it might come as a 'wow I've gotten old' surprise to learn that Buffy the Vampire Slayer debuted 20 years ago today, March 10.
The hit teen TV show starring a spunky, vamp-killing high schooler was a standout at the time, a first of the then-new 'teen drama' genre that paved the way for programs like Dawson's Creek, The OC, One Tree Hill, Veronica Mars — and, of course, The Vampire Diaries.