‘BH90210’s’ Shannen Doherty Addresses Old Rumors With Cast Members

Now that Fox Network’s BH90210 is in full swing, several stories from the cast of the original Beverly Hills 90210 have surfaced. Actress Shannen Doherty was often labeled as the ‘difficult’ one on the set, leaving the show after the first four seasons. Now, Doherty is calling some of the rumors of her past behavior something different from her critics.

Shannen Doherty | Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic

Quick premiere appearance

When the first episode of the reboot aired, fans were wondering why Doherty had such a minor appearance in the premiere and if it had anything to do with some lingering bad blood.

Apparently, Doherty’s limited role in the first show was all part of the plan. “The reason we definitely wanted to show that she was separate from the group was that we really wanted to play in on the public’s perception and there was so much written,” Tori Spelling said, according to Good Housekeeping. Spelling is serving as executive producer on the show as well as being a main cast member. “We used to hate rumor and gossip and now we embrace it to the full because that’s what we can use in our show,” Spelling said of the reboot. “Jen (Jennie Garth) and I met with Shannen … you know, all that stuff was so heightened by the media.”

Garth echoed the sentiments, saying, “We just decided to take it back and own it and have fun with it. I think it comes through in the show and as the show progresses through the season we use it more and more and see how that energy affects the group.”

Past tensions

In her book “Deep Thoughts From a Hollywood Blonde,” Garth addressed some of the rumored drama on the set of Beverly Hills 90210, while noting shared qualities between herself and Doherty. “We were locked in this sound stage for 14-16 hours every day,” she wrote. “There were times when we loved each other and there were times when we wanted to claw each other’s eyes out … It was more of just young girls finding their way and finding their individual voices. Shannen and I are both Aries women, we’re both very strong, independent women, so we butt heads a lot. Now, as grown women, we happen to get along as well.”

In a 2008 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Doherty reflected on her time on the iconic show as well as her departure. “The best thing that ever could have happened to me was I got off 90210 when I did. It let me find a little bit of peace and discover who I was as a person,” Doherty said. “Not the person who the press made me out to be because I’d had a few bad experiences in my personal life, and I was struggling to figure out a bad husband or a bad boyfriend and I was doing it under the spotlight, so I wasn’t reacting well to any of it. I really wasn’t. And I know that.”

What she says now

Doherty recently spoke to People on the past rumors of bad behavior, and how she views it now. “It’s always interesting to get back in with a group you have so much history with,” she said. “We can see how we’ve grown, or not grown. It’s a very interesting dynamic to be around… I have felt misunderstood my whole life. The only difference is that now I’m okay with it. But there have been moments where we’ve been able to talk about things.”

She shared that her past behavior or actions during her time on the show from 1990 to 1994 may have been misconstrued. “Somebody had a problem with me being late, but perhaps they didn’t know I was late because my dad was in the hospital, or maybe because I was in a horrible marriage. I didn’t share, or I wasn’t asked. I’m not saying it was all a misunderstanding, but a large portion of it was a misunderstanding,” Doherty said. “I mentioned what I was personally going through back then and some of the cast members went, ‘Oh my God, what?’ It was very interesting having those conversations, not just about me but about what they were going through too. And really understanding each other this time around as adults.”

While there were never any formal discussions of the past with her cast mates (Spelling, Garth, Jason Priestley, Ian Ziering, Brian Austin Green, and Gabrielle Carteris), Doherty shared that they are in a good place now that time has passed. “There was never any sit-down, like hey let’s talk about this. It was just, we’re adults, we’re in a different place. You kind of start over, but you start over closer,” she said.

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