Jessica Alba reveals she wasn’t allowed to make eye contact with any Beverly Hills 90210 star

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Before her breakout success on Dark Angel, Jessica Alba appeared in two 1998 episodes of Beverly Hills 90210, though the actress revealed the cast wasn’t exactly welcoming.

The 39-year-old actress appeared on Hot Ones on Thursday, where she opened up about her role as pregnant teenager Leanne.

She revealed that during her time on the set, she wasn’t even allowed to look the main casts members in the eye. 

Opening up: Before her breakout success on Dark Angel, Jessica Alba appeared in two 1998 episodes of Beverly Hills 90210, though the actress revealed the cast wasn't exactly welcoming

Opening up: Before her breakout success on Dark Angel, Jessica Alba appeared in two 1998 episodes of Beverly Hills 90210, though the actress revealed the cast wasn’t exactly welcoming

Hot Ones: The 39-year-old actress appeared on Hot Ones on Thursday, where she opened up about her role as pregnant teenager Leanne

Hot Ones: The 39-year-old actress appeared on Hot Ones on Thursday, where she opened up about her role as pregnant teenager Leanne

‘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,’ Alba explained.

‘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,”‘ she added.

She also opened up about playing Jessica, the rival to the title character in The Secret Live of Alex Mack.’

No eye contact: '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,' Alba explained

No eye contact: ‘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,’ Alba explained

‘I got bullied as a kid, so it was sort of wish fullfilment, maybe, to play someone who was bullying me, essentially,’ she said.

Alba appeared on 90210 in the eighth season, where the series regulars were Jason Priestley (Brendan Walsh), Jennie Garth (Kelly Taylor), Ian Ziering (Steve Sanders), Brian Austin Green (David Silver), Tori Spelling (Donna Martin), Tiffani Thiessen (Valerie Malone), Joe E. Tata (Nat Bussichio) and Vincent Young (Noah Hunter).

Original stars such as Shannen Doherty (Brenda Walsh), Luke Perry (Dylan McKay) and Gabrielle Carteris (Andrea Zuckerman)

Bullied: 'I got bullied as a kid, so it was sort of wish fullfilment, maybe, to play someone who was bullying me, essentially,' she said

Bullied: ‘I got bullied as a kid, so it was sort of wish fullfilment, maybe, to play someone who was bullying me, essentially,’ she said

Alba is not the first actress to speak out about behavior on the Beverly Hills 90210 set, with Thiessen telling Howard Stern in 2012 that Garth and Spelling, ‘were not very nice to me.’

After the original show went off the air in 2000, it was rebooted in 2008 on The CW Network, which lasted five seasons.

One of the reboot stars, AnnaLynne McCord, also told US Weekly in November 2019 that the original stars weren’t too welcoming either.

Speaking out: Alba is not the first actress to speak out about behavior on the Beverly Hills 90210 set, with Thiessen telling Howard Stern in 2012 that Garth and Spelling, 'were not very nice to me'

Speaking out: Alba is not the first actress to speak out about behavior on the Beverly Hills 90210 set, with Thiessen telling Howard Stern in 2012 that Garth and Spelling, ‘were not very nice to me’

‘They were being a little shady toward me! And then I was a little shady back!’ McCord said in an interview.

She added that the original Beverly Hills 90210 stars didn’t see the 90210 reboot as being valid.

‘They don’t acknowledge your 90210 as the real 90210,’ McCord added.

Shady: 'They were being a little shady toward me! And then I was a little shady back!' McCord said in an interview

Shady: ‘They were being a little shady toward me! And then I was a little shady back!’ McCord said in an interview

 Alba most recently appeared on the big screen in the 2019 thriller Killers Anonymous with Gary Oldman and Suki Waterhouse.

She currently stars in the Bad Boys TV spin-off LA’s Finest, alongside Gabrielle Union, reprising her role from 2003’s Bad Boys II as Sydney Burnett. 

The show airs as a Spectrum Original series, though it made its broadcast debut on Fox last month. 

Roles: Alba most recently appeared on the big screen in the 2019 thriller Killers Anonymous with Gary Oldman and Suki Waterhouse

Roles: Alba most recently appeared on the big screen in the 2019 thriller Killers Anonymous with Gary Oldman and Suki Waterhouse

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