The Importance of Being Teddy: Trevor Donovan Reflects on His Time Spent in 90210

If there is one lesson we’ve learned throughout our four seasons covering this industry we affectionally refer to as show, it’s that when it comes to changes both in front and behind the camera, the actor is always the last person to know.

Take Trevor Donovan for example. Since joining 90210 in its second season as what at the time was being billed as West Beverly’s own version of “JFK Jr,” the actor has had to deal with not just an unexpected change in his character’s sexuality, but his employment status as well. So just how does the affable actor feel about his short-lived journey coming to an end when the hit CW sudser returns for its upcoming fourth season this fall?

“I was disappointed at first but it’s understandable. The point of the storyline last year was to tell the tale of a kid coming out and coming to terms with who he was when he didn’t even realize it in the past himself and I really think that came to fruition at the end of last season,” said Trevor Donovan during a one-on-one with the TV Addict at the recent Television Critics Association Press Tour in Los Angeles. “Beyond being a challenging character to play, it actually was a real story of substance that helped people, particularly young people come to terms with who they were and I just couldn’t be more proud.”

Unfortunately, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Luckily for fans of what many have considered the only reason to tune into 90210 last season, there is a little bit more to the story. Which is to say, before Donovan moves onto bigger and better things (See: An upcoming role in Oliver Stone’s latest project “The Savages” in addition to a possible starring turn as Ken in the long-gestating Barbie film) Teddy will have to come out to his small screen family in what will surely result in one of the actor’s most emotionally charged, not to mention challenging scenes to date.

“I would assume [that Teddy coming out to his parents won’t go well] because there always has to be conflict in a storyline.” said Donovan. “They like to keep us in the dark a little bit. I think the writers like to surprise us as much as they surprise the viewer so we don’t exactly anticipate anything, which is cool.”

Also cool, the fact that Donovan — despite being somewhat in the dark himself as to how his character will end his short-lived journey — was kind enough to take the time to put on his writer’s cap and speculate at to just how he’d like to see Teddy’s journey come to a close.

“Having left such a great impression at the end of last season, I’d like Teddy to stay in that vein and leave with a positive message, because that’s what this whole storyline has been about,” revealed Donovan. “Twitter, Facebook, all the fan reaction is so immediate and I’ve been very active in reading those message everyday. Playing Teddy and helping people who are struggling with issues of their own has been nothing but a positive experience.”

New episodes of 90210 return this Tuesday September 13th at 8PM on the CW and stars Shenae Grimes, Tristan Wilds, AnaLynne McCord, Jessica Stroup, Michael Steger, Jessica Lowndes and Matt Lanter. Catch up on past episodes you may have missed for free online at