Exclusive: Ryan Eggold Talks 90210 Day, Season 3 And Creative Castmates

13 09 2010

Take a deep breath. The wait is over. After the second season finale left fans with quite a few cliff-hangers, 90210’s third season begins tonight.  But make no mistake: a new season won’t necessarily bring answers. The one thing we can count on is new storylines.

And, thankfully, I could count on Ryan Eggold (Ryan, 90210) to give me the dish last week as we chatted about the new season, his character’s evolution and just which of his talented castmates he’ll share significant screentime with in the upcoming episodes.

TeenDramaWhore: First off, I wanted to wish you a happy belated birthday.

Ryan Eggold: Oh, thank you very much. I appreciate that.

TDW: Did you celebrate on set?

Eggold: No. I didn’t. I wasn’t working. It’s really funny – I live near Universal Studios and we actually ended up going to Universal Studios. It was just sort of a random, “Why don’t we do this?” and it was a lot of fun. They have a new rollercoaster there that’s awesome.

TDW: Really? I’d love to try it.

Eggold: Yeah, this new Mummy ride. It was fantastic.

TDW: Well, I’ve been meaning to come out to L.A., and I was really bummed that I missed last week’s City of Beverly Hills’ 9-02-10 Day event.

Eggold: Yes! Oh my gosh, it was insane.

TDW: What did it mean to you to be part of the 90210 franchise on that day?

Eggold: It was cool. It was really fun. It was kind of weird because in Beverly Hills, and all over the place actually, they had posters up that said 90210 for 9-02-10 Day, not for the show. But it felt like it was for our show, because I can’t separate 90210 from anything but the show. I’d just see these posters all over town, in L.A. and Hollywood. It was kind of overwhelming, but it was fun. It was fun to be a part of something that means something to the history of a city.

TDW: I was able to watch a live-stream of the red carpet and part of the event online, and what I loved was seeing almost the whole cast there. The whole cast hasn’t been out in public for a while. There were only a few of you at The CW upfront, so this was the first time nearly all of you were together at an event in a long time. It was a really special event.

Eggold: Yeah, that’s true. I didn’t even think about that. It has been a while since everyone’s been out somewhere together. It was fun.

TDW: And you guys got feted with all sorts of amazing food and wine!

Eggold: Oh, there was some incredible food. If you make it out here, you have to eat in Beverly Hills. Everyone was sampling their restaurants, and it was amazing. And I was really hungry, too, so I was walking around eating everything in sight. It was delicious. There’s this place called Bouchon and they had these melons with feta cheese on top of it, and it was the best thing I’ve ever had in my life.

TDW: That’s awesome. So, there were no cast members there from the original series, right?

Eggold: No, there weren’t. I’m not sure why. I don’t know if they invited them or didn’t. I assume they did but I’m not sure. I assumed I’d see at least Jennie Garth (Kelly, Beverly Hills 90210) there or somebody, you know?

TDW: What memories do you have of the original show?

Eggold: I remember Luke Perry (Dylan, Beverly Hills 90210) being just sizzling. And I remember being just too young to be participating in what they were, in the sense that they’d be drinking and going to parties and having sex and all these things, and I’d be like, “What is that? I want to check that out. I don’t really know what it is, but one day I’m going to be a big kid like them and I’m going to do that stuff and it’s going to be awesome.” That’s what I remember.

TDW: That’s really funny, because I was really young when I started watching and it put these ideas in my head of what it was supposed to be like to be a teenager, and I always felt really crappy when my life didn’t measure up to theirs.

Eggold: Yeah, when you didn’t get a Ferrari for your birthday.

TDW: Yeah, exactly. Alright, back to the present day and this show and this show’s cast. A music video by Shenae Grimes (Annie) was recently released, and you starred in it. How did that come about?

Eggold: Shenae wanted to experiment with directing, and she got this song together. We actually ended up recording it here at my place, and had a lot of fun. She was embarrassed to sing, but she did and sounds great. She did a really great job. Everyone that’s seen it has said it looks really great and came out really well, and I agree. I hope she continues directing stuff. It’s fun to mess around with your friends in terms of making a short film or making a little music video or whatever.

TDW: I really loved it, and it was a surprise to see your face in the video and then it was a surprise again to see your name in the credits for providing some of the music as well. It just got me thinking how the whole cast has all these different side projects going on. Quite a few of you are involved in music, from Jessica Lowndes (Adrianna) to Tristan (Wilds, Dixon). All of you have these other avenues of art that you’re experimenting in.

Eggold: Yeah, it’s cool. There’s some really creative people on the show, and it’s really fun. I think everyone’s going to keep doing their little passion projects, whether it’s their music or writing or whatever they’re working on. Shenae’s into photography, too, and everyone’s got different things going on. I know Jessica Lowndes is releasing a single, and Tristan’s trying to put a record together, and I’m sort of trying to put some stuff together. It’ll be cool to start hearing those things, and seeing those things come to fruition.

TDW: I don’t expect you to remember, but I’ve actually interviewed you twice before.

Eggold: Oh, wow.

TDW: It was more than two years ago, on back-to-back days. It was your first CW upfront and the next day you guys came to the PEOPLE magazine offices where I was interning at the time.

Eggold: Yes!

TDW: And you guys just had preliminary ideas of what shape your characters would take, and I don’t think anyone could’ve guessed Ryan would now be struggling with alcohol and his self-confidence and about to be a father. He’s come a long way in just two short seasons.

Eggold: He’s fallen a long ways. It’s so funny to think about that day. When we first were starting the show, we had no idea what to expect.

TDW: I think an original storyline that you guys teased in those first few interviews was possibly a student-teacher romance, and that never happened. I understand showrunners have changed, and storylines are always rewritten. But something I’ve noticed recently is that Ryan isn’t interacting with the West Beverly students as much as he used to.

Eggold: No. He’s definitely more in his own storyline with Jen (Sara Foster). But this season Naomi (AnnaLynne McCord) and I develop sort of a relationship, because I’m having a kid with her sister and sort of being part of the family in that way. Their relationship is affected because of it. Naomi and Jen haven’t been the best of sisters, but through this and her having a nephew, they kind of come back together a bit, which is nice to see. Also because of the Mr. Cannon (Hal Ozsan) stuff, which I caught a glimpse of in the finale of season 2, Naomi’s dealing with some really interesting stuff and some terrible stuff from what happened. I sort of become part of that with her and help her with that. I think Ryan is a good sort of – what’s the word, not role model – he’s a good guy to be a teacher because he’s grounded and he’s got a good heart. He cares for his students. I think he can be there for her. And it’s great to work with AnnaLynne.

TDW: What storylines would you like to see for him, or is there a cast member you haven’t worked with much that you’d like to share some scenes with?

Eggold: I’ve always said that I want to work with Lori (Loughlin, Debbie). That would be a lot of fun. I’d love to do some more stuff with Tristan, just because we have such a great time off set. He’s such a great dude. I often work with my romantic partners, whether it’s Jen or Laurel (Kelly Lynch) or somebody, and I’d like to see [Ryan] branch out of that, and see him develop relationships with the kids, maybe a new character or something.

TDW: I believe you guys are about a quarter of the way through the season in terms of script reads, and I thought it would be fun to play a quick game of Two Truths And A Lie. So if you could give me three plausible spoilers for the upcoming season, two of which are completely true and one of which, while possible, isn’t at all going to happen.

Eggold: Okay, so two things that are true and one’s not. Somebody dies in the first episode. Somebody is born in the first episode. And somebody becomes a woman, who is a man originally, in the first episode.

TDW: Funny. Very nice. Thank you. One last question, and I always ask everyone this because I keep track of it for my readers. I wanted to confirm that you’re not on Twitter. I know you’re not, but people rather hear it from you.

Eggold: I’m not on Twitter. I’m like a caveman. I’m not on Facebook. I don’t even know if MySpace exists anymore. I’m not on Twitter. I feel disconnected. I’m probably a loser because  I’m not on any of these things.

TDW: Well, I don’t think you’re a loser. You’re a hot guy and a star of a popular show. So you’re definitely not in loser territory.

Eggold: I like your interpretation better.

TDW: Thank you. But I would maybe ask your castmates to help set you up with a Twitter account. Nearly all of them have joined in the last year, and I think you have to be next.

Eggold: What do I say? What do you do on Twitter? Do I just say “I’m eating breakfast”?

TDW: Well, AnnaLynne likes to share a lot of her charity endeavors. Trevor (Donovan, Teddy) holds a lot of contests. He gives away swag to his followers. Tristan shares his music, and he’ll go on Ustream and show us him recording his music. People do say what they have for breakfast, and others get to know their fans. It’s what you make of it. It’s like “Choose Your Own Adventure” because you can choose who to follow and who to reply to and all that.

Eggold: It sounds really cool. It sounds like a lot of work.

TDW: Well, there’s no quota for how many times you have to tweet. But if you disappear, I might be upset with you but I’ll get over it eventually.

Eggold: I would like to share a little bit of music. But I would end up writing bizarre comments, just those weird thoughts that you have mid-day that you don’t share with people. I would end up sharing those and everyone would know I’m a total weirdo.

TDW: Well, I think Kanye West has that area covered on Twitter, but there’s room for you, too. And I know fans would love to have you. So if you do it, great.

Eggold: I’m fighting this 21st century but I probably have to join.

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Spoiler: Watch With Kristin

17 08 2010

RELEVANT QUESTIONS–DON’T READ IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW!!!

Jorja in Boise, Idaho: Loved the ScrubsCougar Town casting scoop! Any other stars interested in coming on the show?
Well, Bill Lawrence has asked his cast if they have any friends who want to guest star, and Busy Philipps tells her famous bestie may be on board! “Michelle Williams and I were talking about how hilarious it would be if she came on and played my sister,” she laughs. “I don’t think her agents are going to go for it though.” Um, we are! A Dawson’s Creek reunion is long overdue, don’tcha think? I wonder what that Joey girl is up to?

Benny in Rhode Island: On Gossip Girl, what’s the deal with Serena’s new love interest? Does this mean Serena-Dan and Serena-Nate are over?
I’m told that the Dan-Serena-Nate triangle is definitely not over. The new squeeze is played by Sam Page and he isn’t the kind of guy she usually dates. Thoughts? Which guy are you rooting for?

On 90210, can you say who the guy who is going to come out of the closet is? Will he have a love interest? Also, what’s up with the rapist teacher guy? Is he out?
No, I can’t name the gay character (sorry—I’m glad you asked, but I can’t tell!) but I can tell you he definitely will have a love interest, and actor Kyle Riabko has been cast to fill the tole. As for Mr. Cannon, I’m told he’ll be Silver’s senior advisor. Dun dun dun.

Brandon: Anything else on 90210?
How about an Entourage-ish crossover? Naomi is going throw a crazy-lavish 18th birthday party early in the season and Adrian Grenier‘s band Honey Brothers has officially been named the house band. Pretty cool, huh?

Heather: Anything on True Blood? Will Joe Manganiello be back on One Tree Hill at all?
He told us he’d love to, and he has the space in his schedule, but I’m told there’s no talk right now of him returning, sorry! But at least you get to seen him scantily clad in an upcoming ep of True Blood…Which some of you probably won’t hate.

Zach in Santa Clara, Calif.: What is the deal with the two universes on Fringe and what does it mean for Joshua Jackson that Peter doesn’t have an alternate?
You can file this under no good, very bad news: Josh is only in every other episode. The artist formerly known as Pacey Witter himself told us he isn’t in the season premiere and he’s not in any of the odd-numbered episodes. Blasphemy! Why are the powers that be doing this to us, you ask? We spoke with his co-star Lance Reddick who spilled that, “Every other episode is going to be either one universe or the other. So, they’re going to be alternating universes at least for the first half of the season.” On the bright side, at least Josh now has more time to plan next year’s Pacey-Con, and that upcoming guest stint on The Vampire Diaries.

Credit: E! Online

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Notes:

Busy Philipps, Michelle Williams and Joshua Jackson all starred on Dawson’s Creek as Audrey, Jen and Pacey, respectively. And Joey was played by Katie Holmes.





Teen Choice 2010 Live-Blog

9 08 2010

Teen Choice 2010, more commonly known as the Teen Choice Awards, airs tonight on FOX at 8pm eastern.

In addition to Gossip Girl and 90210, a slew of current and former teen drama stars have been nominated in a variety of categories.

Since the show is pre-taped, the winners are all over the Internet already, but I like to be surprised.

Below is a list of categories and nominees that relate to the teen dramas. As the categories air, I’ll update this post to show who the winner is. Keep in mind, the awards will likely not be broadcast in this order and not all awards may be given out during the broadcast.

Key: Italic represents the teen drama nominee(s). Bold represents the winner.

CHOICE TV SHOW: DRAMA

Gossip Girl

90210

Grey’s Anatomy

House

The Secret Life of the American Teenager

CHOICE TV ACTOR: DRAMA

Penn Badgley, Gossip Girl

Chace Crawford, Gossip Girl

Tristan Wilds, 90210

Ken Baumann, The Secret Life of the American Teenager

Daren Kagasoff, The Secret Life of the American Teenager

CHOICE TV ACTRESS: DRAMA

Blake Lively, Gossip Girl

Leighton Meester, Gossip Girl

Sophia Bush, One Tree Hill

Olivia Wilde (Alex, The O.C.),  House

Shailene Woodley (Kaitlin, The O.C.), The Secret Life of the American Teenager

CHOICE TV ACTOR: FANTASY/SCI-FI

Joshua Jackson (Pacey, Dawson’s Creek), Fringe

Paul Wesley (Donnie, The O.C.), The Vampire Diaries

Josh Holloway, Lost

Ryan Kwanten, True Blood

Tom Welling, Smallville

CHOICE TV BREAKOUT STAR: MALE

Paul Wesley, The Vampire Diaries

Ken Jeong, Community

Kevin McHale, Glee

Mark Salling, Glee

Rico Rodriguez, Modern Family

CHOICE TV SCENE STEALER: FEMALE

Bethany Joy Galeotti, One Tree Hill

Shenae Grimes, 90210

Hilary Duff, Gossip Girl

Amber Riley, Glee

Katerina Graham, The Vampire Diaries

CHOICE TV SCENE STEALER: MALE

James Lafferty, One Tree Hill

Chris Colfer, Glee

Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory

Matthew Morrison, Glee

Simon Helberg, The Big Bang Theory

CHOICE TV VILLAIN

Ed Westwick, Gossip Girl

Russell Hantz, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains

Jane Lynch, Glee

Terry O’Quinn, Lost

Ian Somerhalder, The Vampire Diaries

CHOICE TV PARENTAL UNIT

Bethany Joy Galeotti & James Lafferty, One Tree Hill

Lori Loughlin & Rob Estes, 90210

Kris and Bruce Jenner, Keeping Up with the Kardashians

Lauren Graham, Parenthood

Mike O’Malley, Glee

CHOICE SUMMER TV STAR: FEMALE

Shailene Woodley, The Secret Life of the American Teenager

Lucy Hale (Hadley, The O.C.), Pretty Little Liars

Nikki Blonsky, Huge

Josie Loren, Make It or Break It

Anna Paquin, True Blood

CHOICE MOVIE ACTRESS: ROMANTIC COMEDY

Kristen Bell (Gossip Girl, Gossip Girl), When In Rome

Sandra Bullock, The Proposal

Queen Latifah, Valentine’s Day and Just Wright

Jennifer Lopez, The Back-Up Plan

Amanda Seyfried, Letters to Juliet

CHOICE MOVIE ACTRESS: COMEDY

Kristen Bell, Couples Retreat

Lizzy Caplan, Hot Tub Time Machine

Tina Fey, Date Night

Zoe Saldana, Death at a Funeral

Emma Stone, Zombieland

CHOICE MOVIE ACTRESS: HORROR/THRILLER

Michelle Williams (Jen, Dawson’s Creek), Shutter Island

Rumer Willis (Gia, 90210), Sorority Row

Katie Cassidy (Juliet, Gossip Girl) A Nightmare on Elm Street

Megan Fox, Jennifer’s Body

Audrina Patridge, Sorority Row

CHOICE MOVIE ACTOR: HORROR/THRILLER

Penn Badgley, The Stepfather

Adam Brody (Seth, The O.C.), Jennifer’s Body

Leonardo DiCaprio, Shutter Island

Jackie Earle Haley, A Nightmare on Elm Street

Micah Sloat, Paranormal Activity

CHOICE MOVIE SCENE STEALER: MALE

Kellan Lutz (George, 90210), New Moon

George Lopez, Valentine’s Day

James Marsden, Death at a Funeral

Mark Wahlberg, Date Night

Sean Combs, Get Him to the Greek

CHOICE MALE HOTTIE

Kellan Lutz

Ian Somerhalder

Robert Pattinson

Taylor Lautner

Zac Efron





Spoiler: Watch With Kristin

20 07 2010

RELEVANT QUESTIONS–DON’T READ IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW!!!

Monica: Please, some good Gossip Girl news! I heard that Clémence (Eva) is going to be a series regular. Please say that’s not so! I want hope for Chuck and Blair.
Here’s the teensy bit of hope I can offer: I’m told Clémence Poésy is not a series regular for the coming season. I’m also told that Blair does not have a new love interest in the works. So maybe that’s…something?! In other news, you know those photos of Dan and Vanessa pushing around a stroller? I hear that’s Dan’s actual baby! I’m still in shock they’re going through with that storyline…You? Should be Crazytown.

Gina in Tallahassee: Will Dan and Serena be together when this season starts?
I’m hearing no. I can’t imagine what she doesn’t see in her sorta-kinda half brother soon to be with child!

Rebecca in New York: Hey, what’s with Sophia Bush hinting that she and Austin Nichols will get married on One Tree Hill? Is there a wedding or not?! Also, will Peyton and Lucas ever come back?
I’m hearing there’s no wedding yet in the works. Probably some day, but I’m told there are no current plans right now.

Brynn in San Diego: How about some 90210 scoop?
Forget Liam. Annie’s found a sexy new mature man, and it’s all because of some spilled coffee. Thanks to a little run-in with a sexy stranger, Annie is going to find someone she has a lot in common with (theater geek, anyone?), but unfortunately, at least initially, Naomi’s ex will stand in the way of a little lovin’. Oh, and did we mention that this guy might just be related to Mr. Liam?

Jasmine in North Dakota: I love Annalynne McCord. Any fun stuff coming up for her ?
Jen and Naomi are going to continue duking it out, only this time there are lawyers involved. And N’s eight-month pregnant sis is determined to keep her equally unstable sis away from the family funds, but luckily (?) for Naomi the court sides with her this time around.

Credit: E! Online





News Roundup: One Tree Hill, 90210, Gossip Girl and More

1 07 2010




News Roundup: Gossip Girl, 90210, One Tree Hill and More

29 06 2010
  • The next CW Sourcies category is Best Villain, with Georgina (Michelle Trachtenberg, Gossip Girl), Jen (Sara Foster, 90210) and Katie (Amanda Schull, One Tree Hill) among the nominees.
  • Chuck sleeping with Jenny in the Gossip Girl season finale is nominated for Moment That Made You Want to Throw Out Your TV in Kristin’s Tater Top Awards.
  • PopMatters has a great (but long) piece on the trend of teen dramas showcasing teens in adult-like ways, with a look at the genre but most of the focus on Gossip Girl.
  • RadarOnline recorded Trevor Donovan (Teddy, 90210) as he went skydiving.
  • Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian will guest-star on the 90210 season 3 premiere.
  • Brian Austin Green (David, Beverly Hills 90210) and Megan Fox were married last week.
  • Sophia Bush (Brooke, One Tree Hill) was on KTLA this morning.
  • Bush told Zap2it that if she wins at Teen Choice 2010 in August, she will auction off her surfboard to benefit Global Green.
  • There is a contest to win (essentially) an all-expenses paid trip for two to the Everly, featuring Bethany Joy Galeotti (Haley, One Tree Hill), and Enation show at the Corn Palace in August.
  • Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark, starring Katie Holmes (Joey, Dawson’s Creek), will be released January 21, 2011.
  • PEOPLE.com has a “first look” photo of Holmes as Jackie Kennedy.
  • Author Bret Easton Ellis, who has worked with at least two teen drama stars including James Van Der Beek (Dawson, Dawson’s Creek), spoke to TVGuide.com about whether he inspired the teen drama genre.
  • The Daily Telegraph has an interview with Benjamin McKenzie (Ryan, The O.C.), where he mentions he is not in touch with Mischa Barton (Marissa, The O.C.).




News Roundup: Gossip Girl, 90210, One Tree Hill and More

14 06 2010
  • Gossip Girl led the Teen Choice 2010 nominations, earning six total. Gossip Girl and 90210 were both nominated for Choice TV Show: Drama. Penn Badgley (Dan, Gossip Girl), Chace Crawford (Nate, Gossip Girl) and Tristan Wilds (Dixon, 90210) were all nominated for Choice TV Actor: Drama. The Choice TV Actress: Drama category featured all current and former teen drama stars: Blake Lively (Serena, Gossip Girl), Leighton Meester (Blair, Gossip Girl) and Sophia Bush (Brooke, One Tree Hill) along with Olivia Wilde (Alex, The O.C.) for House and Shailene Woodley (Kaitlin, The O.C.) for The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Ed Westwick (Chuck, Gossip Girl) was nominated for Choice TV Villain. Joshua Jackson (Pacey, Dawson’s Creek) and Paul Wesley (Donnie, The O.C.) were both nominated for Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi for Fringe and The Vampire Diaries, respectively. Kristen Bell (Gossip Girl, Gossip Girl) was nominated for Choice Movie Actress: Romantic Comedy for When In Rome and Choice Movie Actress: Comedy for Couples Retreat while Michelle Williams (Jen, Dawson’s Creek) and Rumer Willis (Gia, 90210) were both nominated for Choice Movie Actress: Horror/Thriller for Shutter Island and Sorority Row, respectively. Badgley and Adam Brody (Seth, The O.C.) were each nominated for Choice Movie Actor: Horror/Thriller for The Stepfather and Jennifer’s Body, respectively.
  • The CW Sourcies have begun and the first category is Best Kiss. From our shows, you can vote for Adrianna and Navid’s reunion kiss in the 90210 season finale or Haley and Nathan’s kiss in the One Tree Hill season finale after she reveals she’s pregnant.
  • SoapNet made a few changes to the Sunday teen drama schedule: The O.C. is getting two additional hours, now airing from 6-9am while Beverly Hills 90210 airs from 9am to 1pm and One Tree Hill from 3pm to 7pm. I’ve updated their show pages to reflect this.
  • MTV spoke with Kevin Zegers (Damien, Gossip Girl) about his upcoming film schedule, including The Story of Bonnie and Clyde, which will also star Hilary Duff (Olivia, Gossip Girl).
  • AnnaLynne McCord (Naomi, 90210) was on the Today Show this morning.
  • Mekia Cox (Sasha, 90210) was cast in Undercovers, a new NBC series.
  • Tori Spelling (Donna, Beverly Hills 90210) will co-host The View tomorrow, the same day her book uncharted terriTORI is released. I am planning to go to her book signing tomorrow night.
  • An excerpt from uncharted terriTORI was posted on the Today Show site.
  • Paul Johansson (Dan, One Tree Hill) is directing and starring in an adaptation of Atlas Shrugged.
  • SoapNet has a new One Tree Hill quiz called Test Your Dan Scott I.Q. I scored a 90 percent and was told “YOU’RE DANGEROUS! You know too much about Dan Scott for his comfort. Arm yourself, or take a page out of Abby Brown’s book and hightail it out of Tree Hill before he confronts you” but I don’t think all the answers are accurate.







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