Jennie Garth on the Big 90210 Reveal and More
It was finally revealed on last night's 90210 that bad boy Dylan McKay is the father of Kelly Taylor's 4-year-old son. Jennie Garth, who plays Kelly, talked to PEOPLE.com about the big baby daddy reveal, the loyal fans and possible future cameos from the old-school cast. --Elaine Aradillas
What did you think when they told you Dylan was going to be the father? It was very confusing for me because initially the idea of having a son was my idea. I thought it would bring a great amount of depth to my character. Then the question came up, 'Well, who’s the father?' And I really hadn’t thought it through that far. So, I was like, Oh, I guess need one of those. It’s gone back and forth: Who and what and when and why? I think they settled on Dylan because Kelly and Dylan had such a passionate relationship in the past. Their relationship was so heated. It was kind of undeniable.
Since you started the new 90210, who did the fans want the father to be? It’s funny because everyone who was a fan of the original show has an opinion about who Kelly ended up with. I had been so detached from it for so long that I was like, I don’t even know how the show left it off. Had she gone away with Brandon or Dylan? I remember that one time when she said, 'I choose me,' which was really great. That was hilarious to me. I’d have to say it’s 50/50--it’s either Brandon or Dylan. Everyone wanted to know who the father was, and you know, I’d say it could be Steve Sanders or it could be Nat from the Peach Pit. You don’t know.
How did the producers decide who the father would be? I was completely in the dark. They’ve been trying to secure Brandon to come back on the show, or Dylan or Donna. They’re trying to get little cameos from all of the original cast. A lot of it has to do with availability … where, when they would need them. It was never like, we definitely want to make it Dylan because of X,Y and Z. It was kind of like wait and see how it pans out. I didn’t even know for the first three or four episodes who the father was. And then I read it in the script, and I was like, 'Oh, okay. I guess Dylan’s the dad. Great.' And it made sense to me because like I said, Kelly and Dylan ultimately do belong together. They have a fiery thing.
How do you think the fans will react to the news? Either way, whether the son was Brandon’s or Dylan’s, the fans will be excited. Because that’s a direct connection with what they want--the original show. And those characters from the original show are seared into those old hardcore fans’ mind, and to have that connection and to have that tie-in, they’re going to love it. And they’re going to analyze everything that little kid does. He has no idea what he’s gotten himself into.
Any chance Dylan will show up in a cameo? I would love to work with Luke Perry again. I love him dearly. And I also would love to work with Jason Priestley again. It’s a great question for the producers. I would be nothing but totally happy to have either of them there.
Do we find out where Dylan is? You find out a little bit of information, but I don’t think it’s until a little bit later. A later episode. I think there might be more surprises in store.
Any chance of another love triangle?There are some that think Kelly and Brandon belong together. It’s interesting, just because the father is Dylan doesn’t mean that’s who Kelly is ultimately going to end up with.
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