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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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





Happy Birthday Lori Loughlin and Dustin Milligan!

28 07 2010

Loughlin (Debbie, 90210) turns 46 and Milligan (Ethan, 90210) turns 25 today!

Check out one of the scenes they shared on 90210.





Happy Birthday AnnaLynne McCord!

16 07 2010

McCord (Naomi, 90210) turns 23 today!

This video was uploaded just recently but was actually recorded last fall. Watch as Lori Loughlin (Debbie, 90210) and Matt Lanter (Liam, 90210) honor McCord at The Noble Awards, where she makes a moving speech about the ongoing issue of sex trafficking and her work with The Blind Project.





News Roundup: 90210, One Tree Hill, The O.C and Dawson’s Creek

28 06 2010
  • Teen Choice 2010 has announced additional nominations, with lots more teen drama-related picks. Kellan Lutz (George, 90210) is nominated for Choice Movie Scene Stealer Male for New Moon. Paul Wesley (Donnie, The O.C.) is nominated for Choice TV Breakout Star Male for The Vampire Diaries. Bethany Joy Galeotti (Haley, One Tree Hill), Shenae Grimes (Annie, 90210) and Hilary Duff (Olivia, Gossip Girl) are all nominated for Choice TV Scene Stealer Female while James Lafferty (Nathan, One Tree Hill) is nominated for Choice TV Scene Stealer Male. Together, Galeotti and Lafferty are nominated for Choice TV Parental Unit and Lori Loughlin (Debbie, 90210) and Rob Estes (Harry, 90210) are also nominated.
  • The Miami Herald has a short interview with AnnaLynne McCord (Naomi, 90210).
  • Seems that Vanessa Marcil (Gina, Beverly Hills 90210) married her old boyfriend, Carmine Giovinazzo, recently, as she was introduced at the Daytime Emmys last night with his last name.
  • Highlight of the Emmys for me: a clip of Luke Perry (Dylan, Beverly Hills 90210) from his Loving days being included in the tribute to soap opera maven Agnes Nixon. Bummer, though, that Jonathan Jackson, who appeared on One Tree Hill with his band Enation, and Carolyn Hennesy (Mrs. Valentine, Dawson’s Creek) did not win in their respective categories.
  • Galeotti has released a song called Shiver in hopes of raising funds to improve the water conditions in Kenya.
  • As a birthday present for Sophia Bush (Brooke, One Tree Hill), some fans are organizing a group donation to Global Green.
  • Zap2it posted pictures of Brittany Daniel (Eve, Dawson’s Creek) at last night’s BET Awards. One word: wow.
  • Wesley is nominated for Top Breakout Star Male in Kristin’s Tater Top Awards for The Vampire Diaries.




News Roundup: Gossip Girl, The O.C., 90210 and One Tree Hill

19 04 2010
  • The Brown Daily Herald has an interesting article on the school’s portrayal in entertainment media, including how it was depicted on Gossip Girl and The O.C.
  • Zap2it has photos of Taylor Momsen (Jenny, Gossip Girl) in her New Look campaign.
  • You can bid on a tour of the Gossip Girl set with Zuzanna Szadkowski (Dorota, Gossip Girl) in support of Shakespeare on the Common.
  • TVGuideMagazine.com has an interesting “exclusive” about Rob Estes (Harry, 90210) leaving the show. Here’s what’s new: quotes from Lori Loughlin (Debbie) and Shenae Grimes (Annie), and the suggestion that the finale is the last episode with Jennie Garth (Kelly, Beverly Hills 90210).  Loughlin and Grimes don’t seem too happy (though not entirely unhappy, either) and I was under the impression that Garth’s last episode had already aired. Here’s what’s not new: Debbie and Harry are having marriage problems and that will somehow play into Harry’s exit. I leave you to draw your own conclusions.
  • showbizzle, the digital company run by Charles Rosin (executive producer, Beverly Hills 90210), has relaunched its website. There’s a pretty nifty video explaining what showbizzle is (if you haven’t read my interview with Rosin about it–or even if you have!) and you can see a little of Ian Ziering (Steve, Beverly Hills 90210).
  • General Hospital’s headwriter told Soap Opera Digest he is in talks with Vanessa Marcil (Gina, Beverly Hills 90210), something we also heard a few months ago.
  • The New York Post has an article on stars getting acting experience through soap operas and it features a few quotes from Marcil.
  • The new One Tree Hill Connection podcast features an interview with Tym Bucheran (make-up artist, One Tree Hill).




News Roundup: Gossip Girl, The O.C., 90210 and Dawson’s Creek

16 04 2010
  • So glad I’m back to contributing Gossip Girl recaps to the Talking Gossip After Dark podcast! Make sure you check it out!
  • This week’s Gossip Girl made TVGuide.com’s list of Top Moments of The Week for the Most Tearful “IDo” with Blair (Leighton Meester, Gossip Girl) telling Chuck (Ed Westwick, Gossip Girl) “this is the end” for them.
  • The Gossip Girl season 3 DVD hasn’t been officially announced yet and there isn’t a release date but you can check out the cover art and pre-order it from Amazon.
  • The Gossip Girl tour of New York City will allow moms to go free Mother’s Day weekend.
  • CNN has their Connector Of The Day video interview with Chace Crawford (Nate, Gossip Girl).
  • PEOPLE.com has a short article on Taylor Momsen (Jenny, Gossip Girl) filming the music video for The Pretty Reckless’ Make Me Wanna Die.
  • Beauty & The Briefcase, starring Hilary Duff (Olivia, Gossip Girl) and Chris Carmack (Luke, The O.C.), will air Sunday night on ABCFamily.
  • Tiffani Amber Thiessen (Valerie, Beverly Hills 90210) filmed a PSA for the World Society for the Protection of Animals.
  • Tori Spelling (Donna, Beverly Hills 90210) will be on The Ellen DeGegeres Show Monday with hubby Dean McDermott. Duff was on today.
  • Shawn Christian (Wayne, Beverly Hills 90210) spoke a little bit about the show in an interview with We Love Soaps. Never knew he was asked to stick around in season 1o! He also discusses being on Summerland, which starred Lori Loughlin (Debbie, 90210), and working with Roger Howarth (Professor Hetson, Dawson’s Creek).
  • Kellan Lutz (George, 90210) is in talks to star in the action flick Deathgames.







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