"It's surreal and intimidating, I have to pinch myself every day," says Shenae Grimes, who plays Annie in the CW's updated 90210. "She's extremely intimated by Beverly Hills. I think the most fun part of playing Annie is was watching where this journey is going to go with all the peer pressures, man, Hollywood is a crazy world."
According to AnnaLynne McCord, who plays Naomi, the show's racier than the original. "It's sexy and more modern. It deals with what kids are dealing with today," says McCord. Her character was one any actress would adores sinking her teeth into. "She knows exactly what she wants and knows how to get it doesn't mind squashing people in a way."
Tristan Wilds plays Grimes' adopted African American brother Dixon. "It's a brand new flavor. It's not a remake in any way," says Wilds.
The story follows Harry Wilson (Rob Estes) who has moved his family from Kansas to the famous zip code to take care of his ailing and rich mother while taking the job as the new principal of West Beverly High.
Teenagers Annie and Dixon arrive in 90210 for the perfect fish out of water story that audiences can't get enough. Along for the ride is Lori Loughlin, who portrays Estes' wife, to take care of his ailing mother, Tabitha, played by Arrested Development's matriarch, Jessica Walter.
Loughlin appreciates the challenge of capturing the wonder of Hollywood shared by her character's children through hers. "She is from Kansas, has never been to Beverly Hills or California and she has never lived this kind of lifestyle," says Loughlin. "She is experiencing what her kids are going through."
Walter is eager for audiences to witness this new 90210 with a plot that expands the familial storyline. "It brings three generations together," Walters said.
The real buzz on the set surrounds the return of a few veterans from the original 90210 including Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth. The first to sign on was Garth, who is back to update Kelly Taylor, now a guidance counselor at the school. "I'm so thrilled to be back with this show. It was the first show that showed teenagers dealing with real stuff. Back then, the show was really controversial and cutting edge," says Garth. "We dealt with serious topics. Times have changed and we've going to reflect that on the new show."
Also back is the Peach Pit and its host, Nat.
"Going back to the Peach Pit is pretty awesome," adds Dixon.
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