The Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty Interview

jennie garth shannen doherty 90210 interview

There’s a reason Entertainment Weekly is this TV Addict’s bible and its cover stories like this. In a no-holds-bars interview, original 90210 cast members Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty dish about their rocky past, unlikely reunion, and why the new show shocks even them. Click the link below for an excerpt or here for the entire interview and photo shoot.

EW: Did you ever think the two of you would be sitting here talking about playing Brenda Walsh and Kelly Tay lor again?

Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty: [In uni son] No.

Garth: I thought [Beverly Hills, 90210] had a beginning, middle, and an end. It was very neatly in its coffin and it was done. When they told me they were do ing it, I thought: No! Like something sort of sacred was being disrupted. Some part of who I was and a piece of my history was being messed with. It took me a while to settle into that idea.

Doherty: Early on, my publicist got a call asking her “Would she do it?” I was kind of like, Why would I play Brenda Walsh again? There was an “I Hate Brenda” newsletter. Why would I pos sibly get myself back into that? I think it was too scary for me. I didn’t want to go back to people hating me. It just wasn’t something that I considered for a good chunk of time. At some point it hit me that this is what the fans want ed. They put a roof over my head. They allow me to eat and to feed my dogs. The only reason I survive is because of them. If there’s one way to possibly say thank you, it is to go back and play a character that you never even liked yourself.

EW: You didn’t like Brenda?

Doherty: There were parts of Brenda I loved. They just took her in a really odd direction that I didn’t necessarily agree with at the time. I still kind of look back and think, Eh, it’s not what I would have done, but I understand. Every show has to have that character full of teenage angst and drama. I think she was driven by insecurity that was at the root of everything.

EW: The other day you had your first scene together in 14 years. When did you last see each other before the scene and what was it like shooting together again?

Doherty: [Laughs] Oh, God. When was it? Ten years ago? I don’t know. A long time. I can only speak for myself, but being with someone I knew made it easier for me my first day on set. At least for me there was an appreciation that we’d been through the first 90210 together and now we’re going through it again, but in such a different way be cause we’re both adults now. The only weird thing was while we were trying to catch up everyone was watching us. Every single eyeball was on us. I don’t know what they were expecting. I was more interested in talking to her about Dancing With the Stars. I thought she did an amazing job.

Garth: There had been so much buildup. Everyone was asking me before what it was going to be like. I was like, “I don’t know. I haven’t talked to her in 10 or 15 years.” I had that tension and I started to let it get to me. Is she going to be nice? Is it going to be a bad envi ronment? But when I saw her every thing was fine. [To Shannen] I was go ing to call you and tell you this—I got your number from Gabe but I never called. I felt a certain comfort too in having you there and I did not think I would feel that way. It was at some point around 2 a.m., and I felt like it’s so nice to have someone here who is a partner, someone who knew where we’d been and what it was like with the real show.

Doherty: I think when you’re 18, your per sonalities conflict, and then you meet up 10 or 15 years later and the playing ground is totally different and you’re fine. Like Jennie said, of course there were nerves going in. But half of it was the buildup everyone else put on it. When I was driving to the set I was get ting phone calls, and I finally turned my phone off because I thought, I have to go in there with a completely fresh attitude and start over and give everybody a chance and everybody has to give me a chance. Once I was able to turn all of that off, the first moment I saw her it was like, Okay, this is going to be good. It was like, “Hey.” Then a hug. It’s like going to a war together. You’ve already been in the trenches together. You learned so much from that first war. That second war, you know what you need to do to make the set the most peaceful environ ment you can possibly have.

EW: Okay, but back to the fistfight: fact or fiction?

Garth: I don’t think we ever hit each other.

Doherty: We had our moments.

Garth: I just remember being outside and the boys having to try to settle us down.

Doherty: No, we never punched each other.

Garth: Scratching? I’m not going to deny that.

  • ct

    You have to feel sorry for the cast of the new show… they’re being completely overshadowed by the publicity around these two. Meanwhile, the fact they aren’t sending out screeners is a bad, bad omen…

  • theTVaddict


    I couldn’t agree with you more.

  • Sam

    Oh, CT and TVA….that’s a boatload of crap. Get a grip, guys. This is gonna be good, and only ridiculous speculation like yours will hurt the show. With a sterling cast like that, 90210 is already so far superior to most anything on the air, it’s ridiculous.

  • BHcolin

    I’m not worried at all — I think the fact they are not screening to the press is to build excitement. I for one am excited as all he-l! I think not screening it is a way for spoilers not to get out — I don’t want to know anything about the story until I see it.

    This cover will help bring viewers, and I’m sure the new cast will get their fair share of publicity once the show premieres.

  • Just Jody

    They look great! Can’t wait for my copy to arrive.

    I personally think that once the show starts, the new cast will take the spotlight, and the old cast will take 2nd place – especially among the new viewers. They’re just using what they have to create interest right now.

  • Nick.C

    I think the new cast is dull looking, generic ,supposed to be kids.Thank god they got Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty.If it wasn’t for them this show wouldn’t last for 2 seconds.I mean if people want to watch rich kids then they will watch Gossip Girl.I wish they could have gotten more of the old cast.

    Lets be straight,not previewing the show is ALWAYS a bad sign.
    but It doesn’t mean they can’t get it together b4 its to late.

  • Neena

    I think it’s good that the CW are not previewing the show for critics (it means that less spoilers will leak out etc). I don’t think that decision is a bad sign or ome; or even any indication of the quality of the show.

    I am however worried that Shannon and Jenny are getting most of the pre-publicity, when the show is mainly about the new cast. Hopefully once the show starts to air, the new cast will get their fair share of the limelight.

  • jecoup

    I also believe that it was a good idea not to sending out screeners to build anticipation and avoid spoilers

  • rocknroll33

    While I’m interested to see the next few episodes, I probably wouldn’t be if Jennie and Shannen weren’t in the cast. I wish Jason, Luke, Gabrielle, Brian, Tori, and Ian were back as well. The new kids don’t have the same charisma as the old kids. I just think that the old cast consisted of more relatable people. Brenda was totally believable as the girl-next-door who moved to Beverly Hills from elsewhere because she was naturally pretty, but at the same time, she didn’t come to school with her hair perfectly in place or wearing expensive clothes like Annie.

    I’m glad that Jennie and Shannen seem to have resolved their differences. They are older now so hopefully they’ll remain at peace with each other.

  • zingythingy

    I think they put shannen and jennie on so people watch the first few episodes cause they’re on it, then get hooked on the plot.
    They will carry on watching it when shannen and jennie go, but they had to be on to kickstart it.