Jennie Garth recalls the time she and '90210' costar Luke Perry were put in a 'zoo cage'

Jun 11 2021 09:43 AM
Jennie Garth recalls the time she and '90210' costar Luke Perry were put in a 'zoo cage'

"Beverly Hills, 90210" star Jennie Garth realized just how famous she was in the 1990s when she was thrown into a zoo enclosure to escape fans.

Garth recalled the moment recently on People's "People in the '90s" podcast alongside her "90210" costar Tori Spelling.

It was Earth Day in 1991, according to Garth, and she and costar Luke Perry were at a zoo in Fresno, California when all hell broke loose. A group of passionate fans of the show rushed toward her and Perry and the two stars were put into one of the zoo's cages to protect them from the crowd.

"And it sort of summed it up for me because I felt like a zoo animal," Garth said on the podcast.

"It was just weird," Garth continued. "And then it got too crazy, and people were rushing the zoo cages. And we had to go out through one of the enclosures of the animals - I don't remember, the monkeys or something - but I just remember them actually putting us in a cage at the zoo."

Looking back, Garth said that was "one of the pivotal moments" in her life as she realized she and her costars were famous.

By 1991 the series showcasing the lives of high school teens in Beverly Hills had begun airing its first season on Fox and teens went wild for the show. Especially Garth, who played Kelly Taylor, and Perry as Dylan McKay (Perry died in 2019).

At that time, no star of the show could go out in public without being chased by fans, but Spelling pointed out on the podcast that the male stars got it worse than the females.


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