This experience was so surreal. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would get to visit a set with Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth, let alone interview them. Being a fan of theirs from their Beverly Hills, 90210 days, I was super excited to be here. As we walked into the Mystery Girls studio Tori and Jennie were filming a scene for the show. The teenager in me could not help but feel a little giddy with excitement. There they were, right in front of us! We quietly took our seats and watched as they filmed the scene and later Tori film a scene with Ryan McParlin, who plays a Detective in the show. More on the set and scenes in a post later today. Onto the interview!
Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth sat in directors chairs right in front of us. Again, I was giddy! Stars that I grew up with were sitting right in front of me! Tori and Jennie told us about Mystery Girls and being busy moms.
How did you come up with the idea for Mystery Girls?
Tori Spelling- I had done a Christmas movie for ABC Family and knew they were looking for comedies. I was a huge fan of mysteries in the eighties and my dad’s shows, I loved Remington Steele, I wanted to pair that with comedy. That’s where it came from.
Did you have in mind that you wanted Jennie to play the other part?
TS- I was praying that she would want do it. And when I thought of the idea, I thought no one else could do this. I didn’t know at the time what she was doing, and what her plans were so I was just emailed her and…
Jennie Garth- You emailed me a very sweet letter. No pressure but, just read it. And I read it.
TS- You know when friends ask you to do favors like, “Hey, I have this thing for you,” you always feel so like guilty asking? So it was one of those. But, I felt like we had a pretty good script to back it up you know.
JG- Yep, it made me laugh.
What is it like working together again?
Jennie- We have fun. We have so much fun and it’s just really easy. You know, we know each other very well so there’s no awkward getting to know each other phase. We know each other’s ups and downs, when we need space, when we need comforting, etc. We already have that built in chemistry as actresses too.
Tori- It wasn’t a no brainer that we could do comedy together, but then when we tried it, it just fit. Of course, anyone can do a female buddy comedy, but I feel like because of the bond we have, over twenty years of a friendship, you can’t replace that. I don’t feel like anyone else could really have that back story.
Do you have any similar characteristics to your characters in real life?
Tori- Obviously we’re different than our characters, but I think there is a part of both of us in our characters. Like the relationship we have in real life. I feel like I’m very trusting of everyone in real life. I also go into everything kind of full force and I don’t really take into consideration, what could happen. As for our friendship, Jen has always kinda stepped in and protected me over the years. I feel like that’s what Charlie and Holly are like too.
Jennie- Yeah, I’ve always been more of protector, a big sister to her to her since the very beginning. I’ve always been a little tougher you know, physically (she laughed), I can take care of myself.
Do you plan on having any more cameos from 90210?
Tori- We would like that. I think the first season we mainly were establishing the show and the reunion of us from 90210. If we should we go a second season, which we hope we do, I think we would want to have a cameo or two from our 90210 group stars.
Tori- Shannon or Luke!
Tori- Next week’s episode is a High School Mystery and is a kind of a wink-wink at Donna Martin’s graduation and we go undercover back at my old high school, West Beverly. Nat from the Peach Pit, Joey, plays the high school principal.
How do you manage your schedule with your children?
Tori- It’s definitely a change of pace, it’s the first time I’m acting away from them full time. So, it’s been different. But luckily they can come to set with me and Jennie brings her kids to set too, so they play together. We say we have a job and a daycare at the same time.
Are any of your children interested in acting? And what you do you tell them?
Tori- Mine don’t know, I don’t think yet. My oldest is seven so they don’t really understand. They think it’s cool, but I don’t think they would know the difference from reality to actually learning lines and playing a character. They’re just understanding now that I play a character.
Jennie- All three of my girls are intrigued by it. I have a seventeen year old. I support her passion for anything, but I’m not crazy about the concept of her acting yet. I’m holding her off as long as possible. I’ve seen what happens and it doesn’t matter how great you start out, there’s a lot of things that can happen, a lot of things that can lead you in the wrong direction. I would want to be over their shoulder constantly. You know what I mean? It’s just a very tricky position to put a kid in.
As moms, what advice do you have for managing your schedules?
Jennie- Get a good calender app. Color code everybody. Thats what I do for my family. I have to have a schedule to keep us going. I live by our schedules. If you make a commitment, you have to stay committed to it.
Tori- I always say when trying to get something done, give it to a mom because I feel like moms can multi-task like no others. We just get it done. I admire moms so much everywhere.
Jennie- If you laid down at the end of the day and thought, “Hmm, what did I accomplish today?” You’d be like, “Oh my god!”
Jennie- A pat on the back.
Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth were both down to earth and fun to talk to. I loved hearing about their new show and their kids. Still thinking, really? Did that actually happen?!
Tune in to Mystery Girls today at 8:30pm ET/PT on ABC Family, Joe E. Tata (“Nat of “Beverly Hills, 90210”) will be a guest star.
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