Ashley Hinshaw is an American actress and model from La Porte, Indiana.
As a model, Hinshaw has appeared in an ad campaign for Abercrombie & Fitch. Her experience as a model led to her judging a beauty pageant on the MTV reality TV series Made in 2008. A year later Hinshaw pursued an acting career and landed a guest stint on The CW Teen Drama series Gossip Girl as herself. Hinshaw auditioned for a role in the proposed spin-off series to Gossip Girl, Valley Girls which The CW did not pick up. Hinshaw has since appeared in guest roles on Fringe and The Glades.
In June 2010, Hinshaw was confirmed to star in the high school comedy film LOL, an American remake of the 2008 French film LOL (Laughing Out Loud). Hinshaw portrays the role of Emily, best friend to the film's protagonist, played by Miley Cyrus. Production began in August 2010 in Paris and Grosse Pointe. The film was released in May 2012 on a limited release in the US. The film received mixed reviews and was a financial disaster.
In 2011, Hinshaw joined the cast of the superhero film Chronicle. She was cast as Casey Letter, a blogger who regularly carries her camera with her. Filming began in May 2011 and continued for eighteen weeks, ending in August 2011. The film was released in February 2012 and grossed $126,266,180 worldwide, surpassing its $15 million budget. Critical reception was positive, with an 85% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. A sequel has been announced, but it is unknown whether Hinshaw will return.
In November 2010, Hinshaw was announced as a star in the independent thriller film Rites of Passage alongside Christian Slater. In the film, an anthropology student takes his classmates to his family ranch, where his brother lives in a haze of drugs, guilt, and Chumash Indian rituals. The film was released straight to DVD on 16 October 2012.
In May 2011, Hinshaw was cast as the protagonist in the independent drama film About Cherry alongside Heather Graham, James Franco and Dev Patel. Hinshaw portrayed Angelina, a troubled young woman who came to San Francisco and became involved in that city's porn industry. Filming began in July 2011. The film premiered at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival.
In 2014 Ashley starred as Brigette in the final season of the HBO TV series TRUE BLOOD. Ashley can next be seen playing the role of Colleen O'Brien in the new ABC series AGENT CARTER.