When you think of popular shows from the ’90s, you can’t help but think of “Beverly Hills 90210.” When you think of “Beverly Hills 90210,” you can’t help but think of Jason Priestley.
In Priestley’s new memoir, he talks about how he was roommates with Brad Pitt (yes, THE Brad Pitt) in 1987. Believe it or not, but there was a time where Pitt was just another actor trying to make it in Hollywood.
“Just for fun, we used to have competitions over who could go the longest without showering and shaving,” Priestley wrote. “Brad always won. Having to go on an audition meant cleaning up, which is what usually put an end to the streak.”
Priestly, who’s a dad of two, also dishes on Shannen Doherty, his co-star from “Beverly Hills 90210.” He didn’t take too warmly to her in 1990 when the pair was forced to make a last minute trip to NY on a private jet to meet with advertisers.
“I could not believe my ears at Shannen’s very first words after she boarded,” he writes. “Her butt had barely hit her seat before she said loudly to to the PR person, ‘Really? A town car? You send a town car to take me to the airport, not a limo.’ She sighed a very put-upon sigh. I laughed, as I couldn’t really tell if Shannen was kidding or not.”
He adds, “But that was just the beginning. I looked on, becoming more uneasy by the minute as she began bitching about the short notice and the food on board and the temperature in the cabin and everything else.”
It sounds like she was quite the diva, huh?
Priestley also talks about the uber hot Bradley Cooper in his memoir. The two starred in the 2004 ABC Family film, I Want To Marry Ryan Banks. Would you believe that Cooper advised Priestley on how to pop the question to his now wife Naomi Lowde while on vacation?
Cooper allegedly told him, “Do it as soon as you get there… Your nerves will be shot enough.”..
He ended up proposing and the couple wed in 2005.
You would think that Priestley would have some behind the scenes info to share about “Beverly Hills 9010” in the book, right? Well he does dish on directing the seventh season finale, in which Donna (Tori Spelling) loses her virginity.
Aaron Spelling had asked Priestley to direct it, and after he shot it he brought the film to Aaron’s office to view it.
“I sat next to him and tried not to squirm as we watched an episode featuring his only daughter losing her virginity on screen. I was beyond nervous,” he wrote in his memoir. “Aaron chewed on on his pipe the whole time and said nothing. Finally we came to the end.”
I for one can’t wait to read Priestley’s memoir. I love gossipy celebrity memoirs, and his memoir looks like it’s very gossipy. It’s out May 6th.