Jason Priestley, More ‘90210’ Stars Deny Jessica Alba’s No Eye Contact Claim


    A misunderstanding that could’ve been solved over Mega burgers? Jason Priestley, Ian Ziering and more former Beverly Hills, 90210 stars spoke out after Jessica Alba claimed she wasn’t allowed to make eye contact with the cast during her two-episode arc on the series in 1998.

    “I couldn’t even make eye contact with any of the cast members, which was really strange when you’re, like, trying to do a scene with them,” the 39-year-old actress claimed during an episode of Hot Ones that debuted earlier this month. “It was like, ‘You’re not allowed to make eye contact with any one of the cast members or you’ll be thrown off the set.’”

    Alba guest-starred on Beverly Hills, 90210 as Leanne, a teen mother who sought out Kelly (Jennie Garth) to help her at a clinic during season 8.

    During a trailer for Garth’s upcoming podcast with former costar Tori Spelling (Donna Martin), the 48-year-old actress acknowledged that she worked the closest with Alba on the show.

    “I had all the scenes with her. If anybody didn’t want to have their eyes looked into, it would’ve been me, but I don’t remember ‘cause I have the world’s worst memory,” Garth, who starred on all 10 seasons of the drama, quipped in the “9021OMG” podcast teaser on Sunday, October 4.

    Priestley, who played Brandon Walsh for 245 episodes, denied that the cast — which also included Brian Austin Green (David Silver), Tiffani Thiessen (Valerie Malone), Vincent Young (Noah Hunter) and Lindsay Price (Janet Sosna) during season 8 — made Alba uncomfortable on purpose. (OG stars Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry and Gabrielle Carteris had left the show by season 8.)

    “‘Don’t look at the stars of the show’ was never an edict that came down on our show. I don’t know who told Jessica Alba not to look at us,” Priestley, who also directed 15 episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210, said on KiSS 92.5’s The Roz & Mocha Show on Tuesday, October 6. “We never thought we were MC Hammer.”

    Priestley, 51, added that Alba’s “story line” had “nothing to do with” his character Brandon.

    “I’m sorry that that happened to her,” he added. “It seems really incongruous with everything else that happened on our show, so I don’t know what her experience was.”

    Scroll through for more from the cast on Alba’s claims:

    Jennie Garth

    “From the vague memories I have of working with her, I only remember her being super talented,” Garth told Spelling of Alba. “She was very young, and she was really sweet. It does not surprise me that she’s gone on to be so successful.”



    Tori Spelling

    Spelling, who was also part of all 10 seasons, wondered if producers sent a “cool memo” about making eye contact without the cast knowing.

    “I was a little horrified when I saw that clip … because her baby wipes are my favorite,” she told Garth in the “90210OMG” podcast trailer, referring to Alba’s Honest Company. “Like, I wipe my child’s ass with her baby wipes every single day. I’m so upset right now.”



    Jason Priestley

    “I don’t know what Jessica Alba’s experience was coming on our show as a guest star,” the actor noted. “I never would have made her feel that way. … I always went out of my way to make sure that our guests always felt incredibly welcomed and I would always go and talk to them and make sure they knew this was a place where we wanted them to succeed.”



    Ian Ziering

    Ziering, who played Steve Sanders for 10 seasons, said Alba’s claims surprised him. “I can’t for the life of me ever imagine a situation where any of the actors would say that,” he said on Access Hollywood on Tuesday, October 6. “I’m not doubting that that was her experience. … If anybody said something, it must have been the second assistant director or whoever for whatever reason. It doesn’t even make sense. Acting is acting and reacting, you have to look at who you’re talking to. None of my castmates ever requested anything like that. How that was told to Jessica, it saddens me because it lessened the experience for her. It certainly didn’t slow her down in life, but it’s hard to hear that there was any negativity on the set. If I had known about that, I would have shot that down immediately.”



    Brian Austin Green

    “First time I’ve ever heard that,” Green, who starred as David Silver for 10 seasons, replied to an Instagram user who asked about Alba’s comments.

    He later said on SiriusXM’s The Jenny McCarthy Show, “The one thing that we really were good about on our set was making people feel welcome and feel like they were a part of the family and what we were doing, and they were a part of the team. So I can’t imagine that at all. And I can’t imagine that she heard that from somebody close enough to us that it was a direct reflection of any one of us.”


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