'90210''s Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth: The EW Reunion

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JENNIE 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 doing 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.
SHANNEN 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 possibly 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 wanted. 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.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: 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.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: For the new 90210, you were both involved with determining where Kelly and Brenda were in their lives. Jennie, the producers initially wanted Kelly to be a West Beverly Hills High School board member, right? How did she become a guidance counselor?
GARTH: I didn't want to be on the show for no reason. I wanted to have some value. When Gabe and [exec producer] Jeff [Judah] told me some of the things they were doing, I was like, ''Whoa. That is not 90210, people.'' They were trying to educate me [about] how teens are in high school today. It was so shocking to me that I thought I should bring a positive spin somehow. Of course, I have yet to guide or counsel anyone.
DOHERTY: I think they must have told you the same things they told me.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What kinds of things?
DOHERTY: All I know is there's a girl giving a guy a b--- job in the first episode.
GARTH: When they told me that, I thought, Aaron Spelling is rolling over in his grave right now.

NEXT PAGE: ''DOHERTY: 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 because we're both adults now.''