Jennie Garth Previews New Tour and Chats All Things 90210
By: Iris Wiener
November 14, 2019: Jennie Garth & Tori Spelling Live: A Night to Remember promises to live up to its title. On November 19th, the ladies of 90210 will make a stop at Long Island’s Theatre at Westbury as part of a multi-city tour to share an evening filled with laughs and memories. Garth spoke with Theaterlife about her latest venture, reflected on the Beverly Hills 90210 reboot, BH90210, and contemplated taking a try at Broadway.
Theaterlife: What was the impetus for Jennie Garth & Tori Spelling Live: A Night to Remember? Why did you and Tori decide to tour?
Garth: It was just Tori and I wanting to go out and be with the fans, working together, and doing something on the road. Our long term goal is to do a talk show together, so these are just preliminary steps in that direction. We wanted to have a good time with a girl’s night out.
TL: Describe the concept for the evening. How is it a girl’s night out?
Garth: We’re still working it out, but we’re creating a show that is interactive with fans. It’s going to have a lot of 90210 nostalgia stuff. It’s also going to have laughs and we’re going to play games. It’s going to be a live talk show format.
TL: Often people cannot work together and also be friends. What is it about your relationship with Tori that makes it a good working relationship and friendship?
Garth: We’ve learned each other’s strengths and weaknesses over the many years we’ve known each other. We’ve gone through so many huge life things together: marriages, divorces, children, death, all kinds of milestones, and we have been able to share those with each other and be there for each other. It’s a relationship where we are so happy when we get to work together because it’s an excuse for us to sort of etch out times in our busy personal lives and get to be together. It’s nice to have that person that you feel so comfortable with. We’re very lucky. We give each other a hard time a lot; we bust each other’s chops constantly, which we both find amusing and hilarious, so that adds to it.
TL: About what do you “bust each other’s chops?”
Garth: Everything about my personality, basically. We’re very opposite. I’m very internal, very precise, always on time. [Tori] is a little more loose and more free flowing. It’s an interesting combination. Sometimes we’re Lucy and Ethel or the Odd Couple. I’m very neat; she’s a little more messy, more laissez-faire about things. She loves fashion; I don’t care about fashion.
TL: What surprised you the most about the hugely positive fan reaction to BH90210, the recent Beverly Hills 90210 reboot, a project on which you not only appeared, but also produced and helped to develop?
Garth: I was just happy that people really embraced the concept which was a little bit different than what people expected or thought they were going to get. People gave it a chance and ended up really responding to it. It’s funny that we’re all at that age where the fans of the original show aren’t embarrassed by it anymore. They totally fess up to liking the old show and that they were watching the new one.
TL: You were on Beverly Hills 90210 for the entirety of its ten seasons (which concluded in 2000). What surprised you the most about how you have changed when it came time to revisit it?
Garth: How I have matured and how I have changed as an adult and the things that I have learned about myself along the way, whether they be characteristics that have emerged for the sake of survival or how my path unfolded. It became very interesting to me to see how everybody- myself and my fellow cast mates- have sort of progressed into adults, but at the same time there’s still that same core that was always there. I have no regrets.
TL: In BH90210, you and the cast played heightened versions of yourselves. You showed openness and humility, and it was also very clever. What challenges did you encounter in doing this?
Garth: Every turn of the dial we were thinking, “Should we be doing this?” We kept second-guessing that directional choice, but we knew in our gut that it had to be something different that hadn’t been done before. We didn’t want to just do a straight reboot. We wanted to just be open to being vulnerable and being human, as well open to the concept that we’re all going through the same things in life, whatever our personal circumstances are. That’s the interesting part to me.
TL: Why is 90210 so enduring that people are still excited to come see you and Tori dish about it on your live tour?
Garth: Our fans from the original show are so faithful and loyal. They’ve been with each of us respectfully through our different careers and ventures. They love seeing us together. We are so grateful and acknowledge how loyal those fans are. That’s one of the biggest reasons we wanted to do the tour, because of those fans.
TL: You have said that when it comes to choosing projects you don’t wait around for the phone to ring, and that you have a process where you create your own projects. Can you describe that process?
Garth: I have to sit with things and see what feels like the next move and let it just unfold. I don’t like to force things but I do like to work at things, so developing my next project is something that is a slow process, unfortunately. But you can’t rush and you can’t force it. When it’s supposed to happen it will happen.
TL: Everyone knows you’re a talented dancer because of your work on Dancing with the Stars; however, you have never done theater. Have you thought about doing it?
Garth: I have many times. Over the years there have been different junctures where I really wanted to do it, but it didn’t pan out for some reason. Maybe [doing a live show] will be the start of something new. It is a life goal of mine, definitely on my bucket list.
TL: We know you have moves. Are you a singer as well?
Garth: No! (Laughs) I’m unproven, nor will I ever be proven because I won’t ever do it. I’m too afraid to sing. I’ll do a dramatic piece, or a comedy, but I don’t think I’ll be in the musical realm.
For more information about Jennie Garth & Tori Spelling Live: A Night to Remember or to purchase tickets visit jennietorilive.com.
Photography: Marcello Ambriz