By now everyone has heard about Lifetime’s Saved By the Bell film. The made for television tell all about the 80s NBC sitcom is expected to have a lot of fans tune in, but there’s one person who has no interest in the film, and that’s actress Elizabeth Berkley.
The Saved By the Bell Star turned Dancing with the Stars reality contestant revealed that she knew nothing about the tell-all film and is not curious to know.
The Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story will tell the scandalous behind the scenes that happened during the filming of the 1989-1993 show. Most of what we know is through star Dustin Diamond’s retelling of what went down via his 2009 book, which the film is believed to be based on. As the youngest member of the cast, he says that he was often left out, and that it allowed him to act as an observer of his cast mates. According to Dustin, everyone was very promiscuous on the show and hooking up with each other.
Lifetime plans to air the film sometime in September.
That said, according to Us Weekly, Elizabeth Berkley is not interested to know what’s going on with the film.
“I know nothing about what they are planning. I’m not really curious about it because we know the life we led, and I have no idea what their picture of it is. So who knows!”
— Sam Ro (@bySamRo) July 20, 2014
Berkley played Jessie Spano, the 80s version of what a teen feminist looked like when portrayed on a kids sitcom. Known for being muscle head A.C. Slater’s on-again-off-again girlfriend, the character Jessie Spano is most notable for her character’s centric episode, which features a very “after school special” narrative on addiction. In the episode, Jessie is struggling to keep up with her grades while being a member of a girl pop group. To keep up with everything Jessie turns to caffeine pills and becomes addicted for a few days. It eventually all comes to a crashing halt when confronted by friend Zack Morris, and subsequently she has a nervous breakdown to the 1982 song “I’m So Excited.”
This episode resulted in a larger than life moment turned into a lesson for all kids of the 80s and 90s. Due to its over the top nature, it has lived on in YouTube and was the center for some hilarious memes. The moment has gotten such attention that even Elizabeth Berkley took notice and danced to the 1982 hit on Dancing with the Stars.
Although it doesn’t seem like she minds her character’s rejuvenated popularity, Berkley did say that she didn’t dig all the one piece bikinis that NBC stuck her in. Elizabeth said that instead of expressing her character’s feminist qualities by owning her sexuality, a lot of what she wore was very conservative.
“I didn’t like it because I felt like as a young woman, just because you are a feminist, why can’t you also dress in things that make you feel girly and empowered.”
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