Jason Priestley, the now-44-year-old former star of the 1990s hits Fox TV drama Beverly Hills 90210, has authored the autobiography long awaited by fans nostalgic for the pop culture landmarks of that decade — and he doesn’t disappoint, delivering juicy off-camera stories not only about his 90210 co-stars, but about his onetime roommate, a young, up-and-coming actor named Brad Pitt.
“Just for fun, we used to have competitions over who could go the longest without showering or shaving,” Priestley said of his friendship with the then-unknown Hollywood hopeful who would go one to become one of the world’s most famous movie stars. “Brad always won. Having to go on an audition meant cleaning up, which is what usually put an end to the streak.”
He also talks in the book, Jason Priestley: A Memoir, about smoking pot with Mick Jagger.
“Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall (were) lounging on a bed, passing a joint back and forth,” Priestley wrote. A friend of his then approached the Rolling Stones’ legendary frontman and said, “‘Hey Mick, pass it around.’ ‘So sorry, love,’ he said. Then he got up and handed the joint to me I took a drag and passed it.”
Jason Priestley also expresses his shock at seeing former 90210 co-star Tori Spelling — daughter of the show’s producer, Aaron Spelling — holding a yard sale in 2006 and selling the wedding invitation he had sent her, for all of five dollars.
“She sold my wedding invitation to a stranger,” he wrote, in astonishment.
But co-star Shannen Doherty, who played the sister of the Jason Priestley character, Brandon Walsh, on the show which ran from 1990 to 1200, gets perhaps the most cutting treatment in the book.
During that era, Doherty developed a reputation as a difficult actress to work with — and difficult person to be around. Priestley recalls witnessing a vintage Shannon Doherty performance once on a private jet, bound for a meeting with Beverly Hills 90210 advertisers.
“I could not believe my ears at Shannen’s very first words after she boarded,” Jason Priestley wrote in his new autobiography. “Her butt had barely hit her seat before she said loudly to the PR person, ‘Really? A town car? You send a town car to take me to the airport, not a limo?’ She sighed a very put-upon sigh. I laughed, as I couldn’t really tell if Shannen was kidding or not.”
Jason Priestley: A Memoir is scheduled for release on May 6.