It’s not unusual for younger adults to play excessive schoolers on TV, however Gabrielle Carteris wasn’t taking any probabilities when she auditioned for Beverly Hills, 90210.
In an unique interview with the unique solid members for PEOPLE’s new particular version in honor of the brand new reboot, BH90210, Gabrielle Carteris recalled mendacity about her age to land the position of 16-year-old Andrea Zuckerman, telling producers she was 21 when she was actually 29.
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“When I got the role, a lawyer told me I could sign a contract and state a different age, as long as it was over the age of 21,” stated Carteris, now 58. “When did come out, the show was just starting to take off and my character was established enough that they did not fire me. But a producer did say to me, ‘You’re lucky we didn’t know your age when we hired you.’”
Carteris additionally shared that occasions from the actors’ actual lives typically ended up as storylines for his or her characters. For instance, she had surgical procedure for bunions and had to make use of a wheelchair throughout her restoration, which translated right into a severe automobile accident for Andrea, and when she was anticipating her first little one, her teenage character bought pregnant on 90210.
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“Before I got pregnant with my first child, I went to Aaron and said, ‘My husband, Charlie, and I would like to start a family, and I’d like for you to write it in that Andrea gets pregnant because I don’t want to hide my pregnancy. I want my baby to know I was proud and share it with the world.’” Cartelois recalled. “Aaron was so shocked, but he said, ‘Yes, we’ll do it.’ So Andrea was full-blown pregnant.”
She added that there was some backlash from the general public due to it.
“Somebody wrote an article about, ‘How dare Andrea get pregnant? It’s high school, she’s supposed to be a smart girl,’” Carteris stated. “I responded back in an editorial, ‘You know, smart people make mistakes. Smart people make decisions about the choices they make in their lives, and this is real life.’”
BH90210 airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.