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What we suspected: Why Disney actor Dan Benson radically changed careers

The former star of the famous Disney teen series ” Wizards of Waverly Place “, Dan Benson , finally explained the reason why he decided to radically change his career after leaving the series. Benson, now 35, surprised fans with an in-depth discussion on TikTok about her transition into the adult entertainment industry , revealing that it was an attempt to regain control after her nude photos went viral. leaked online.

Dan Benson explained why he unexpectedly had to join paid adult content platform, OnlyFans. The same type of images that traumatized the former actor are empowering him today. The difference? He is the one who decides what to share (and what not to share) on his OnlyFans profile, a content subscription service where creators can earn money from users who pay a monthly membership fee to access his exclusive content.

In a three-minute video uploaded to TikTok, Dan Benson explained how he “stumbled and fell” in the adult entertainment industry after his sexually explicit photos were leaked online. “Basically, when I was on the show ‘Wizards of Waverly Place,’ I would get messages from people all the time, some of them were women that I found incredibly attractive,” says Benson. “It turns out that messaging those women, who turned out not to be who they said they were, was not the best idea, because I was sending them nude photos, and they would take those nude photos and then post them on online websites.”

The experience, Dan Benson says, led to years of trauma as he tried to remove them from the internet. But “as you can imagine, that was quite a difficult task.” Eventually, Benson says that he decided to “go the other way and lean completely into her” in an effort to regain control and power over his body. “Instead of letting these people sell my privacy, my… you know what I mean, I decided to say, ‘Okay, f*ck off.’ I’m going to sell it myself,” he says of his turn to OnlyFans.

Having your personal and intimate photos leaked can be a trauma in itself. This phenomenon, also known as revenge porn, can lead to bullying, job loss, and increased risk of mental health problems such as suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In recent years, however, the discourse around sex and consent has been changing, experts say. More people have been able to exercise control and autonomy around erotic photos and sexual content, as evidenced by the growing popularity of OnlyFans, which has been joined by celebrities such as Bella Thorne, Cardi B, Maitland Ward, and now Dan Benson.

Former Disney star Dan Benson was launched to fame as Zeke Beakerman, a frequent Russo family companion, on Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place” from 2007 until the show ended in 2012. He was also a voice actor on “Rick and Morty” in the supporting role of “Ethan.” His last acting role was in 2018 for the movie “Killing Eve” and he launched his OnlyFans account in 2022.


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