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

Jennie Garth, Shannen Doherty
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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: But did you vote for her?
SHANNEN DOHERTY: Of course I voted.
JENNIE GARTH: [Laughs] Oh, my God! No, you didn't!
DOHERTY: I did! I voted for her and for Ian [Ziering] when he did it. They were really good. So for me it was nice. The only thing that wasn't nice was the expectation everyone else had of us being together.
GARTH: There had been so much buildup. Everyone was asking me before what it was going to be like. I was like, ''I don't know. I haven't talked to her in 10 or 15 years.'' I had that tension and I started to let it get to me. Is she going to be nice? Is it going to be a bad environment? But when I saw her everything was fine. [To Shannen] I was going to call you and tell you this — I got your number from Gabe but I never called. I felt a certain comfort too in having you there and I did not think I would feel that way. It was at some point around 2 a.m., and I felt like it's so nice to have someone here who is a partner, someone who knew where we'd been and what it was like with the real show.
DOHERTY: I think when you're 18, your personalities conflict, and then you meet up 10 or 15 years later and the playing ground is totally different and you're fine. Like Jennie said, of course there were nerves going in. But half of it was the buildup everyone else put on it. When I was driving to the set I was getting phone calls, and I finally turned my phone off because I thought, I have to go in there with a completely fresh attitude and start over and give everybody a chance and everybody has to give me a chance. Once I was able to turn all of that off, the first moment I saw her it was like, Okay, this is going to be good. It was like, ''Hey.'' Then a hug. It's like going to a war together. You've already been in the trenches together. You learned so much from that first war. That second war, you know what you need to do to make the set the most peaceful environment you can possibly have.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Shannen, do you think people expected more tension because you had a reputation for causing problems on set?
DOHERTY: Only people who bring up things from when I was 19 years old. 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. 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.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: In Tori Spelling's book sTORI Telling, she tells some pretty harsh stories about you, Shannen. Did you read the book?
DOHERTY: I will censor myself out of respect for Jennie because she's friends with Tori. I got passages sent to me and a vast majority of it is incredibly exaggerated. Maybe it's a difference of how I was raised. I just don't believe you write personal on-set experiences in a book. For me, when you work it's almost a sacred experience whether you get along with everyone or not. In 27 years of acting I've never sold out one of my cast members. Ever. And I will stick to that.

NEXT PAGE: DOHERTY: No, we never punched each other.
GARTH: Scratching? I'm not going to deny that.


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