As we all know, celebrities are people, too, and actress Jennie Garth admits that she hasn't always made the right decisions along the way. Especially in her younger years. Garth told us that she had some time in her life where she was a "lost teen."
Though Garth wasn't specific about which time in her teens was the biggest struggle, she did leave school during her junior year of high school to move to Los Angeles and pursue acting. She landed her first role in Growing Pains when she was just 17.
Garth, who now has three young daughters of her own, explained that she uses that experience to help her as a mother. "I hope that they'll do as I say and not as I did sometimes. But I think we can all say that. You have to learn your own lessons, though, in life. So that was me learning my lessons, hopefully," she explained with a laugh. "My girls have definitely seen me fall down and get back up over and over and over in life... I'm open with them to a certain degree, and I teach them about success and failure and how it's all, sort of, interwoven. It's important to let them see that.
"I'm not always right," Garth added, "But I'm always going to do the best that I can."
Though Garth described her three daughters as "feisty, spirited and independent," she does recognize that young girls face particular challenges in this day and age.
"One of our biggest enemies is ourselves in this world of teenage girls because they're so hard on each other," Garth said. "If we could unite and girls were supportive of one another in those critical teenage years, that's where you're going to have the most success. It's hard being a teenage girl, and I think that camaraderie of other girls is so important.
"We can be supportive of one another. There's enough of everything to go around."
She also wants young girls to stay grounded and "not get so consumed by this whole media and social media and all of this stuff because what really matters is where you are, who you're with and the connection that's happening there."
These ideas go hand in hand with Garth's idea of feminism, which she's definitely on board with. "I would definitely say that I'm a feminist. Being a feminist is being a beautiful woman and having the education and the capabilities to do whatever it is I want to do in my life. And also creating a world where there are no boundaries for women, that women are treated equally. Women are women and men are men, I definitely agree with that. But I definitely think being a woman is a very special thing just like being a man is a very special thing. If you have pride in who you are and what you do and how you do it, that's the definition of feminism for me."
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