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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News Roundup: Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill and 90210

23 08 2010
  • TV Guide Magazine has a few Gossip Girl spoilers.
  • Jessica Szohr (Vanessa, Gossip Girl) is on the cover of Nylon’s September issue.
  • Interview has an, um, interview with Taylor Momsen (Jenny, Gossip Girl).
  • Everly, featuring Bethany Joy Galeotti (Haley, One Tree Hill), has a new website.
  • Austin Nichols (Julian, One Tree Hill) has started a humorous (parody?) Twitter account under the name @SensitiveJulian.
  • Tristan Wilds (Dixon, 90210) tweeted that he started a blog.
  • The Beverly Hills 90210 Season 10 DVD will be released November 2. TVShowsOnDVD.com has a look at the cover art and reports that The Final Goodbye will be included as a bonus feature. (The set itself is being marketed as The Final Season, as opposed to The Tenth Season.) While I am happy that there are special features again (it’s the first time since season 4), I wonder if its inclusion and the timing of the release means there won’t be a complete series set. They are not only missing out on the opportunity to market it for Christmas, but to have it come out on a year of double anniversaries for the show. But I suppose anything is possible own the road. And at first I was thrilled to see what I thought was an authentic cover photo – as in, it was an original group photo with all of the tenth season’s regular cast members; no one was photoshopped in or out like in the past and the photo wasn’t otherwise altered in any way- but I doubled-checked and a Google search of the original photo shows they did make some subtle, needless changes. It’s pretty amazing: ten seasons, ten DVDs and not one with appropriate and/or unedited cover art! The photo on the top left also looks suspicious but I can’t say for sure without seeing the cover first-hand. Also, it’s interesting that there’s three pictures of Tori Spelling (Donna) on the front and another on the side. I mean, are two solo pics necessary? Really? Also, love how Vincent Young (Noah) went from being left off the covers for seasons 8 and 9, but gets two pictures on this one. Sigh.




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 Tristan Wilds, Brian Austin Green And Me!

15 07 2010

Wilds (Dixon, 90210) turns 21 today, Green (David, Beverly Hills 90210) turns 37 and I turn 23!

A great day, no?

Check out Wilds in the chilling trailer for Indelible.

And check out Entertainment Tonight’s feature on Green’s marriage to Megan Fox, including their gorgeous wedding pics.





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

2 07 2010
  • Leighton Meester (Blair, Gossip Girl) and Ed Westwick (Chuck, Gossip Girl) are nominated for Drama Mama and Drama King, respectively, in Kristin’s Tater Top Awards.
  • Gossip Cop called X17 out for posting an upskirt photo of Taylor Momsen (Jenny, Gossip Girl), who is a minor.
  • E! Online spoke to Tristan Wilds (Dixon, 90210) about the divisive season finale.
  • The TV Addict has an interview with Peter Gallagher (Sandy, The O.C.).
  • Gossip Cop busted a rumor about Katie Holmes (Joey, Dawson’s Creek) appearing on Glee.




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.




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

10 06 2010
  • Digital Spy has a very interesting video interview with Tristan Wilds (Dixon, 90210).
  • Shenae Grimes (Annie, 90210) will be a presenter at the MuchMusic Awards later this month.
  • It’s not too late to book a ticket to Nashville for the Jana Kramer (Alex, One Tree Hill) concert on the 16th, featuring a “special One Tree Hill surprise.” There are a few spots remaining. There will also be an open rehearsal the day before at Steve’s Restaurant & Bar at 7pm.
  • The One Tree Hill Season 7 DVD will be released August 17 and Gossip Girl Season 3 will be released on August 24, the same day as the 90210 Season 2 DVD. (Note that the press release for GG seems to overstate the ratings for season 3.)
  • Kevin Zegers (Damien, Gossip Girl) is starring in a Rock Mafia video with Miley Cyrus.
  • Kristen Bell (Gossip Girl, Gossip Girl) and Olivia Wilde (Alex, The O.C.) are both nominated for PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarians of 2010. Bell won in 2006.
  • Navi Rawat (Theresa, The O.C.) will have a three-episode appearance on Burn Notice, beginning later this month.







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