Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth couldn't be more impressed by Shannen Doherty's strength. In an interview with ET's Katie Krause, the Beverly Hills, 90210 co-stars praised Doherty and her determination amid her cancer battle.
"Shannen's just a really strong person. That's who who she is," Garth shared. "She's an Aries, she's very determined, and you don't think about cancer when you're working with her or hanging out with her. That's not what her life is. She's just Shannen, and our friend, and our castmate.
Doherty was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. Two years later, she announced her cancer was in remission, but revealed in February 2020 that her cancer had returned last year, in stage 4. The actress starred alongside Garth and Spelling on 90210, as well as the show's recent reunion series, BH90210, last year.
"That she's dealing with such a heavy thing is hard, [but] you don't see it," Garth said. "She's really good about that, and [tries] to keep it private."
"She actually didn't share with us that her cancer had come back," Spelling added. "We didn't find out until after, and that's just a testament to her, because she didn't want people to feel bad for her or think she couldn't work as hard. And she worked so hard."
Spelling said she and Garth wished Doherty would have shared her battle with them, "because we wanted to be there for her during that experience." "But the fact that she didn't tell anyone speaks volumes of her work ethic and the type of strong person that she is," she added.
In addition to Spelling, Garth and Doherty, Ian Ziering, Brian Austin Green, Jason Priestley and Gabrielle Carteris also returned for BH90210. Fellow original 90210 castmember Luke Perry died on March 4, 2019, before filming of BH90210 took place.
The first episode of the series was dedicated to Perry, and Garth and Spelling said they'll continue to keep his memory close on their new 9021OMG podcast. The podcast will see the two actresses will revisit their old episodes and share behind-the-scenes secrets from their time on the show.
"While it'll be hard to watch, I think it'll be really great to be able to share with all our fans the amazing human [Perry] was behind the cameras," Spelling said. "Because he was this heartbreaker, obviously everyone knew he was a nice guy. Anyone that knew him -- even if he didn't know him -- you knew he was just a great person and so humble."
"He was such a jokester on set, and I'm sure a lot of the scenes are gonna be, 'OK, he looks super sexy here, but here's what he was doing behind the cameras to make us all laugh.' So it'll be nice to be able to share that side of him and to keep the spirit alive," she added.
"To be honest with you, the ones with Luke will be really difficult for me to sit through," Garth agreed. "But you know, I'll find beauty in it."
Luke Perry may be gone, but Dylan McKay lives on. Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling got emotional as they discussed Perry’s first episode of Beverly Hills, 90210.
‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ Ended 20 Years Ago: What Happened Next “That was a pretty exciting thing for everyone, I think, not just those of us who got to work with him. It was a big deal. Dylan McKay was a big, big deal in the history of television,” Garth, 48, began on the Monday, November 23, episode of their “9021OMG” podcast.
Spelling, 47, agreed. “It’s a hard thing because as hard as people probably think it’s hard for us to navigate talking about Luke publicly, it’s still hard for us to talk about him privately,” she said. “It still doesn’t feel real, right?”
Perry, who played Dylan McKay on the ‘90s drama, died in March 2019 after suffering a massive stroke. He was 52. While Garth (Kelly Taylor) and Spelling (Donna Martin) were featured in the pilot episode of Beverly Hills, 90210, the late actor joined after the two-part first episode aired in 1990.
Everything We Learned From ’9021OMG’ “This is honestly the first time I’ve talked about it with a microphone other than just to [Tori] personally and privately,” Garth told Spelling on Monday’s episode about Perry’s passing. “It’s just really hard. I still don’t accept it in a weird way … It’s definitely tricky.”
Spelling replied, “Seeing this episode, it takes you back to the moment and you almost are into it and you feel like you don’t have to accept that he’s gone.”
Garth, who is rewatching the show for the first time for the podcast with Spelling, noted that it was hard for her not to move on to the next episode after watching “The Green Room.”
“When [the episode] was over, I was like, ‘Wait I don’t want it to be over, I want to keep watching it.’ Because I felt that like …” the What I Like About You alum said before going mum.
Spelling injected, “Like he’s right there.”
The former True Tori star continued, “Obviously, you guys can tell we had a lot of love for him and it’s a hard thing to navigate. I guess none of us ever thought we would get to that point where one of us would be gone. That’s not something you think about in life. … You just feel that emptiness.”
Spelling went on to recall the “heartbreaking” moment when Ian Ziering (Steve Sanders) “slipped” and asked for Perry while shooting the quasi-revival, BH90210, during the summer of 2019.
'Beverly Hills, 90210’ Cast: Where Are They Now? “There’s always eight of us and you count, and Ian turned around and said, ‘Where’s Luke?’ And then I just saw him catch himself,” she explained. “He turned away and I could just see his heart breaking and he started to cry. It was what we were all thinking though. We didn’t feel complete. And we still don’t. … Although [the fans] never got to see the behind-the-scenes, the view into him that they did see, they nailed it. He was just as special as they all thought he was or wanted him to be. Even more so.”
Jennie Garth has experienced some surreal moments since she was catapulted to fame with the most iconic show of the '90s.
The Beverly Hills, 90210 star, 49, appears along with with Tori Spelling on this week's episode of the PEOPLE in the '90s podcast, where she recounts being put in an animal cage with her late costar Luke Perry to escape the show's passionate fans at a zoo in Fresno, California, on Earth Day in 1991.
"And it sort of summed it up for me because I felt like a zoo animal," Garth tells PEOPLE in the '90s hosts Jason Sheeler and Andrea Lavinthal. "It was just weird. And then it got too crazy, and people were rushing the zoo cages. And we had to go out through one of the enclosures of the animals - I don't remember, the monkeys or something - but I just remember them actually putting us in a cage at the zoo. And I was like, 'This feels good.' "
She calls it "one of the pivotal moments" in realizing they'd become famous, but Spelling, 48, mostly remembers girls going crazy for their male costars, which included Perry, Brian Austin Green, Jason Priestley and Ian Ziering.
Jennie Garth doesn’t often share pictures of her daughters on Instagram, probably because it requires so much Gen Z photo approval. But the Beverly Hills 90210 star shared a recent image of herself with daughters Luca Bella, 24, and Lola Ray, 18, from her marriage to ex Peter Facinelli — and oh boy, do mother and her two daughters look alike!
The photo shows Garth snuggling in the middle with Lola Ray on the left and Luca Bella on the right as she visits them in Manhattan’s West Village neighborhood. They all have on cozy sweaters to stay warm for the crisp fall day. We can’t get over Lola Ray — she is a dead ringer for her mom, straight off the 90210 set. It’s as if it was 1993 all over again. Luca Bella shares her mom’s sweet smile — and both young women have their Garth’s beautiful blue eyes. She captioned the adorable photo, “Mommy visits ❤️” because Luca Bella is pursuing an acting career there, and Lola Ray is currently a freshman at New York University.
The Mystery Girls actress revealed that she’s had to adjust to having three young adults versus little girls to parent. “That’s the crazy thing, you think that it’s hard when they’re young, and they’re running all around, and needing you all the time,” said Garth, who also is mom to 15-year-old Fiona Eve with Facinelli. “But as they get to be teenagers, especially young women and young adults, it’s a whole different ball game.” She told People that her job now is to “keep them in the right lane” as they spread their wings into adulthood.