Beverly Hills, 90210: 10 Behind The Scenes Secrets
Beverly Hills, 90210 was one of the most popular teen dramas during the ’90s. Although it had a slow start, it quickly became one of Fox’s top shows and turned a number of actors like Luke Perry, Jennie Garth, Brian Austin Green, Tori Spelling and Jason Priestley into icons seemingly overnight. Spanning a whopping 10 seasons, the show followed a group of friends living in star-studded Beverly Hills as they made their way through high school, then college and into the adult world, while tackling a lot of important issues like racism, suicide and teen pregnancy. It’s been 17 years since the show ended, but it still lives on in the hearts of many fans! Here’s a look at 10 interesting behind the scenes secrets from Beverly Hills, 90210.
10. Luke Perry Got Lucky
If it were up to the Fox network, Luke Perry would have never made it past his initial two-episode arc on Beverly Hills, 90210. He originally auditioned for the role of Steve Sanders, but he ended up with the role of Dylan McKay, a part he held from 1990 to 1995 and again from 1998 to 2000. Luckily for Perry, executive producer Aaron Spelling loved him. In fact, he liked him so much he paid out of his own pocket for the young actor to appear on the show.
9. Hilary Swank Got Fired
At the beginning of her career, before she became an Oscar winning actress, Hilary Swank signed on for two seasons of Beverly Hills, 90210, in the role of Carly Reynolds, a single mother. Instead of fulfilling her contract, she was fired after only 16 episodes! “I was on 90210 during the eighth season when no one watched anymore and Luke Perry was long gone. So I was fired off the show at that point. And I was devastated! I’m thinking no one watches this show anymore and I got fired off a show that no one watches,” joked Swank. Despite her hard feelings about it, it was actually a blessing because only a few months later she landed the lead role in Boys Don’t Cry and won an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award for her performance.