Watch out Dylan and Brandon – Kelly Taylor is wielding a sledgehammer. Jennie Garth, who played the poor little rich girl on Beverly Hills, 90210 for 10 seasons, is reinventing her life postdivorce.
Among the top priorities: Remodelling a 1970s ranch home into a modern retreat for her and her three daughters. The redo is chronicled in the new HGTV series The Jennie Garth Project, debuting on Sunday.
It’s clear from the first episode that Garth isn’t just there to enhance the decor. Dressed in an oversized orange T-shirt and faded jeans, with minimal makeup and a messy ponytail, Garth has plenty of opinions about how her haven should look and works with her contractor to get it done.
The actress spoke about the process, being a new single mom and her hazy, crazy days on Beverly Hills, 90210.
Q: What about renovating houses excites you?
A: It’s about envisioning things. You can imagine what something can be and then being able to bring that into fruition. It’s the imagery and creativity of it all.
Q: We see you swinging a sledgehammer in the first episode – how important is it to you to be so hands-on? A: It’s really important because
I feel like if I didn’t do some manual labour, it wouldn’t mean as much to me and I wouldn’t be as invested.
Q: How many other houses have you renovated?
A: Any house I’ve ever lived in has had some sort of a little remodel. This is probably my fourth or fifth project. But none of them have been this scope, and none of them have been for me to live in with my girls.
Q: You talk about being a new single mom in the show – how are you redefining your life now?
A: I’m super-grounded now and I feel happy to be alone, happy to be with somebody maybe – I’m good with anything that comes my way. I didn’t feel as on-myfeet before.
Q: It was refreshing to see you go with low-key makeup and clothes. Was that a conscious decision? A: I didn’t really think about it at the time – maybe I should have! But there were days when I was dropping kids off at school and running to work and there was just no time to deal with all that. That’s just how I roll every day in the real world. Q: How do you look back on your Beverly Hills, 90210 days?
A: I don’t remember a lot about it. When I see photos of myself from then, I think, “Oh, that’s a nicelooking young lady.” I don’t really relate to it, in a weird way, because it was so crazy and so fast and so foreign to me, that whole life. I do remember working hard and being proud of the fact that I was part of something that everyone seemed to love.