Shannen Doherty was the bad girl of the ‘90s thanks to her success on “Beverly Hills, 90210” and her behavior in real life, but she doesn’t think the stars of her generation has much in common with the new crop of leading ladies.
“Our behavior then is nothing compared [to now] – we kept our panties on,” Shannen told Access Hollywood Live’s Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on Tuesday morning after Billy brought up Miley Cyrus’ bong video and asked about the behavior exhibited by some members of young Hollywood.
“We didn’t go out and flash people and I’m pretty sure none of us went to rehab,” Shannen continued. “It’s a very different day and age and it doesn’t mean it was easier then, because ‘90210’ was this huge show and the media was obsessed with us and followed us.”
Now all grown up – and a newly published author thanks to her book, “Badass: A Hard-Earned Guide To Living Life with Style and (the Right) Attitude” — Shannen said she understands why she was targeted by the media during her “90210” days.
“I’m not one to point a finger at anyone else… In my 20s, instead of just staying home and just working, I was working out my own issues, but I was doing it publicly and I was going out with my friends and going to clubs, pretty much everything 20-year-olds do, but… it was such a sensation, that whole show… It was probably best to stay home, which I did not do.”
Still, there were perks in the media attention that came during her days as Brenda Walsh.
“Being on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine,” Shannen said, when Kit asked what for a highlight of her ‘90s “90210” days. “I remember getting phone calls saying, ‘You’re being offered the cover or Rolling Stone with Jason [Priestley] and Luke [Perry],’ and I was floored. That’s one of those moments. It’s Rolling Stone magazine. It’s so cool; it’s so iconic.”
These days, Shannen is taking ownership of being a grown up “Badass,” something she defines as a person with “integrity, honesty and compassion,” who is “ambitious,” but won’t “step over others to get ahead.”
“And they care,” she continued. “They believe in karma, that’s the definition of a badass, and I, in my 20s, was not the definition of a badass.”
While she calls Katharine Hepburn the original badass, Shannen said Reese Witherspoon is the epitome of a modern badass.
“She’s a Southern girl first off and she’s a class act. She’s a steel magnolia and she has a ton of integrity,” Shannen said.