Growing up is almost never completely easy, but when you do it on camera in front of millions of (supposedly) adoring fans every week, it tends to be way more difficult than usual. Tons of child actors have been faced with the realities of maturing as the world watches, and now Tori Spelling, who began starring on Beverly Hills, 90210 as a teenager, has decided to be candid about being bullied over her looks while on the high school drama, and talk about how it's affected her.
If you missed out on the absolute sensation which was Beverly Hills, 90210, the show was a mega-hit. The teen soap ran for 10 seasons, from 1990 through 2000, spawned both a remake and a revival, and saw much of the previously unknown young cast (which also included Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry, Jennie Garth, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green and Ian Ziering) raised to teen idol status. But, things weren't always so rosy for Tori Spelling. She recently took to Instagram to talk about the bullying she got about her looks while starring on the series, and it's clear that the mean things people said about her left a mark:
I know it can be hard for younger people to believe, or some older folks to recall, but Tori Spelling is very much correct when she says that we had internet trolls back in the days before most people even had the internet. I distinctly remember hearing about some of the terrible things that people said about Spelling during her early days on 90210, and I didn't even own a computer at the time, which proves that trolls don't need the internet to make themselves heard.
Spelling noted that she had always been told by her father, TV super-producer Aaron Spelling, that eyes were the windows to the soul. She had always made an effort to look people in the eye while talking (which, honestly, is the proper thing to do), suddenly, though, with the massive spotlight which was put on her because of starring on 90210, Spelling became self-conscious about her eyes to the point where she hated them. It wasn't until several years after the debut of the show, when working on Scream 2 (which premiered in 1997) that Spelling started to see her eyes as "an asset."
Unfortunately, Tori Spelling didn't just have to deal with negative comments about her eyes, but her whole face in general. And while she was able to eventually feel better about the look of her eyes, the same isn't quite true about her face. Spelling continued:
It's obvious that Tori Spelling is still dealing with the impact those "hurtful comments" from when she was much younger had on her. Hopefully, opening up about it, and asking people to remember that the people they tear down do feel the effects of those comments, will help her continue to heal, if nothing else.
If you'd like to revisit the glory that was the original Beverly Hills, 90210, you can stream the series on CBS All Access, Hulu and other services. For more on what to watch on the small screen in the coming weeks, check out our guide to fall TV!
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