Fact: Trevor Donovan is a hottie. But will viewers think he fits right in with the 90210 cast? You can decide for yourself tonight at 8pm eastern (and I’ll be live-blogging the premiere!) but first get to know him through my exclusive interview.
TeenDramaWhore: How did you find out about the role of Teddy on 90210?
Trevor Donovan: My manager Michael Yanni set up an audition with David Rappaport for a totally different role and David thought I would be better for the role of Teddy and boom there you have it.
TDW: Were you familiar with the show before you auditioned?
Donovan: Very familiar. I grew up watching the old 90210 and now I watch CW shows to familiarize myself with what’s out there.
TDW: How would you describe Teddy?
Donovan: Teddy is very likable and a fun guy to be friends with….he’s not fake, he’s pretty straight forward and likes to share his toys… and he has some pretty cool toys.
TDW: What can we expect from the character?
Donovan: Expect wave shredding… I’ll be doing some surfing this season, which I do myself…I’ve been surfing for over 15 years. Also some hook ups and of course drama drama drama….oh and lots of fit beach bods.
TDW: How does it feel to play a character in high school when you are actually out of that age range?
Donovan: It’s a lot of fun……it’s like a do over….I was quiet and shy in high school… and not rich like Teddy Montgomery is.
TDW: Is it an ego boost or more strange than anything?
Donovan: A little of both…but at the end of the day …it’s acting… and the rest of the cast is great…all pro’s.
TDW: Does the working experience change knowing your castmates are a bit younger than you?
Donovan: Well I’m a pretty immature guy and most are not that much younger, so it works out well.. Ha ha ha..JK… but seriously, when I get into playing a role….. I don’t let things like age difference get in the way… Instead I direct my focus on making the character I’m playing –Teddy Montgomery”–come to life and be interesting to watch…a pleasure to have in your living room 1x a week…..and more if you TiVo it.
TDW: According to reports, your character is a tennis star. Are you skilled at the sport or did you have to learn?
Donovan: I’m skilled at a lot of sports, surfing, skiing, snowboarding, volleyball, baseball, football… you name it… but tennis….eh…they brought in a real pro to school me…..and wow….what a work out….but I’m getting there… I’m not whacking the ball over fences hundreds of feet away anymore. Tune in to see my improved backhand, haha.
TDW: You appeared on more than 40 episodes of Days of Our Lives. How is working on a daytime soap different from a primetime one?
Donovan: Soap operas are one take and 90 pages a day… It’s like a very very very intensive acting class….I left there feeling so confident and appreciative of the opportunity. It was a great experience.
TDW: What other projects are you working on?
Donovan: 90210 is full time……. But prior I had a role in Surrogates. I play Tommy, the surrogate Bruce Willis owns –and the scene is a pivotal part in the movie for Bruce’s character.
TDW: Are you on Twitter? There’s a lot of fake accounts for the 90210 cast; trying to clear up for my readers what’s real and what’s not.
Donovan: @TrevDon is mine.
Come back tonight for a live-blog of 90210’s season 2 premiere and come back again Sunday for another exclusive interview!