Jessica Alba‘s comments about her experience on the set of Beverly Hills, 90210 caused quite a stir with the original cast of the show.
Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, Jason Priestley and Ian Ziering have all spoken out about it after hearing that she had been instructed not to make eye contact with them during her guest appearance on the show.
Speaking with Access Hollywood, Ian shared that he couldn’t “for the life of me ever imagine a situation where any of the actors would ever say that.”
While he acknowledged that the no eye contact rule might’ve come from an assistant director or someone else outside of the cast, he also said that “none of my cast mates ever requested anything like that.”
“I’m not doubting that was her experience,” Ian said. “It saddens me because it lessened the experience for her—certainly didn’t slow her down in life—but it’s hard to hear that there was any negativity on the set…If I had known about that I would have shot that down immediately… I didn’t even work with her that day but I would’ve went right over to her and said, ‘How are you doing?’”
Jason echoed Ian‘s statements.
“Don’t look at the stars of the show was never an edict that came down on our show. I don’t know who told Jessica Alba not to look at us. None of us on that show thought we were MC Hammer,” he said during his own appearance on The Roz & Mocha Show on KiSS 92.5.
Jason went on, “Apparently somebody did because they thought that was a thing to do. I don’t know what Jessica Alba’s experience was coming on our show as a guest star. I know that certainly I never would have made her feel that way. I always went out of my way to make sure that our guests always felt incredibly welcome. I would always go and talk to them and make sure they knew that this was a place where we wanted them to succeed because I’d been on enough sets as a guest star and I always appreciated it when the regulars on the set came and made me feel that way.”
Click inside to see how Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling reacted to what Jessica Alba said…
Tori and Jennie addressed the claims on their podcast, 9021OMG, over the weekend.
“I’m not going to lie to you guys: I was a little horrified when I saw that clip that she said that she wasn’t allowed to make eye contact and she had an awful experience because her baby wipes are my favorite… Like, I wipe my child’s ass with her baby wipes every single day. I’m so upset right now,” Tori shared.
Jennie then hypothesized that maybe it was her.
“If anybody was, you know, didn’t want to have their eyes looked into, it would have been me,” she said. “But, I don’t remember because I have the world’s worst memory.”
Jennie did recall working with Jessica on the show.
“I only have, from the vague memories I have of working with her, I only remember her being super talented,” she said. “She was very young. She was really sweet, and it does not surprise me that she’s gone on to be so successful.”
See what else Jessica shared on The Hot Ones program here…
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