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

Jennie Garth
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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Shannen, how did Brenda wind up being the drama teacher for West Beverly's Spring Awakening production?
SHANNEN DOHERTY: We talked back and forth about Brenda having been in London and now she's a really successful theater actor. The successful part I thought was nice. I'm glad she's not a burnout. The most important thing for me was that she evolved — that she didn't come back as the same person. She has no hang-ups about the past. It was really important to portray her honestly — we all evolve. We all grow up. We all change. Sometimes TV wants to keep people exactly the same, and that's not always true to real life.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What do you think of your new costars? Does it feel like you're watching yourselves from 18 years ago?
JENNIE GARTH: They are savvy. They know what they signed up for. They have all this knowledge about the business.
DOHERTY: They're far more prepared than we ever could have been. And they're amazing.
GARTH: It's risky what they're doing, but the payoff is so much bigger. The fans have expectations, but I keep telling them, ''Let us take care of the old fans. Just do your own show.''

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: 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 because 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.

NEXT PAGE: Did Shannen Doherty cast a Dancing With the Stars vote for Jennie Garth?

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