Beverly Hills,90210was everything to me in high school.It was my favorite show and it legitimately taught me so much about friends and relationships.But while there were so manyShannen Doherty/Brenda Walsh haters back in the day--I was always on Team Brenda.
So,when I was invited on a conference call last week with other reporters to chat with Shannen all about her new WE reality showShannen Says--I was paralyzed with fear and excitement.Almost seven years ago,I got to interviewLuke Perryand being in the same room as Dylan McKay was one of the most surreal experiences ever for my inner fourteen-year-old.Getting on the phone with Shannen brought back that same rush of "how did I get here?"
Let me say that I know Shannen has always gotten a "bad girl" rap from her diva like antics on theBeverly Hills,90210set that eventually led to her departure from the show to her quickie marriages to even badder boys like Ashley Hamilton and Rick Salomon.So,I was absolutely intrigued to hear that Shannen was documenting the planning of her wedding to fiance,photographer Kurt Iswarienko onShannen Says.And she shared with us on the call that one of the reasons she decided to open up her life on a reality show is because thereareso many misconceptions about her out there.
"The biggest misconception would be that I only have one side to me.Seems to be the biggest one and that,you know,people don't ever consider how old I was when some of the crazier stuff happened,which by today's standards is incredibly tame.And they don't consider that,you know,I have grown up and that there is a softer more vulnerable side or they don't consider what was behind some of the antics when I was very young.And I mean that doesn't really do them justice nor myself justice."
*I watched the first episode and there's no way to sugar coat it--misconceptions or not--Shannenis艰难。*
The question was...whose side did you understand more,Brenda or Kelly's?Guys,I never in a million years thought Shannen would answer.I totally thought she would hang up the phone.But,not only did Shannen have an answer--she revealed how deeply that break-up affected her.