One of the best things about being a young girl who devoured Beverly Hills 90210 back in the day was that, depending on the week's drama, you could easily switch TV boyfriends and dump Brandon for Dylan, or vice versa. If Jason Priestley's Brandon was acting like a total dork in one episode, you could count on Luke Perry's Dylan to pick up the slack by leaning on his car all James Dean-like and looking like no 16-year-old boy on Earth (probably because Perry was 25). Naturally, Tori Spelling had a crush on all of her Beverly Hills 90210 male cast mates — and it really isn't all that shocking that she revealed she actually even had sex with two of them.
One of the lucky guys was (drum roll) ... Priestley, Spelling claimed during her one-hour special, Tori Spelling: Celebrity Lie Detector. The 42-year-old actress revealed that she actually slept with two of her co-stars, but decided to keep the identity of one a secret for unknown reasons. Anyway, here's what she had to say about Priestley, who (in case you're wondering) has made it known on Twitter that "it's nobody's business" who he slept with:
It was a summer fling. It was off-set. It was our version of a summer romance. The 90210 version. And that was it, and we stayed great friends for the rest of the run and beyond that, we had that one summer fling.
I'm trying to picture it, but I can't — Donna and Brandon would have never dated on the show. I can't recall a single time my 11-year-old self sensed any chemistry whatsoever between those two, and by then I had years of practice pouring over every detail of their lives with a fine-toothed comb.
Want Brandon Walsh chemistry? This is what it looks like when sparks fly between cast members:
Can I get an Amen?
Spelling, who was cast at age 16, was one of the youngest members of the troop, along with Brian Austin Green, who played her on-screen boyfriend David. Well, apparently, Spelling and Green were also an item off-screen because, as she tells it, she had "feelings" for him from the first moment they met and she shook his hand. She even says: "He was a little bit of my everything. We grew up together. I think I was always in love with Brian."
Strong words! But, at the very least, theirs was a relationship I could handle — one where their virginity was a constant source of drama and they sort-of agreed to date one another because Dylan, Brandon, Kelly, and Brenda were already taken.
So far, many 90210 fans are now realizing they share more in common with Spelling that they probably every dreamed was possible. Allow me now to prove every 16-year-old girl was exactly like Spelling: she, too, had an enormous crush on Perry from the day they met on set. Because, come on:
Here's what Spelling had to say about him: "From the very first episode Luke Perry was on, I had a mad crush on him. What everyone felt on TV, we all felt in real life."
I take back everything I just wrote about Spelling being just like any old girl with a schoolgirl crush — she was obviously a sorceress with the power to charm teen heartthrobs into making out with her.
Before anyone has a chance to use mean, dumb words to describe Spelling — the kinds of words that are often used to describe girls who are honest about having sex and feelings about boys, they should probably think back to what it felt like to watch these guys on screen. How many teen girls in Spelling's shoes wouldn't have lost their minds working closely with professionally handsome young guys like the ones in this cast?
If given the option, how many would have chosen not to kiss or have sex with Priestley or Perry or Green? Hell, the only reason I'm guessing Ian Ziering's name hasn't come up in this conversation is because he was something like 27 when the show filmed and a teen girl has to draw the line somewhere.
There are a few things Spelling has done over the years that you might not be able to keep yourself from judging — but crushing on every Beverly Hills 90210 actor? Nope, not one of them.