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Jason Priestley Says '90210' Was 'Just Another Job' on 'Chelsea Lately' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 28th 2011 3:31AM
Jason Priestley, 'Chelsea Lately'To an entire generation of young people Jason Priestley was and forever will be associated with the character of Brandon Walsh from the original 'Beverly Hills, 90210.' While he accepts this, he doesn't seem to be as attached to the character himself, as revealed on 'Chelsea Lately' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on E!).

On his new-to-the-US DirecTV series, 'Call Me Fitz,' he plays a much smarmier and unlikable anti-hero, and that seems to suit him just fine. Though he couldn't find the expression to say it, he indicated that playing such an iconic role on such an iconic show is a bit of a double-edged sword.

Certainly many actors and actresses have struggled with typecasting after playing signature roles for many years on television. The kids of the original '90210' were no different.

As for the role itself, Priestley said he didn't get caught up in the hype of it all himself. "I know that that show had a lot of import to a lot of people who watched it," he said "But to me it was just another job, really."

"Well, that's a disappointing answer," Handler responded for all of us. Live it, love it and own that moment in your life. Do you think Captain Kirk was just another job for William Shatner? Michael Knight was just another job for David Hasselhoff?

Watch the full interview here:

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Hi Meryl

I watch 90210 from the start to the last episode. I liked Jason and I dont think he wants to be typecast into it. Sure, we get attached and never want to see it end. But life goes on and they grow up. He probably doesnt want anyone to think that is the only part he can play.

April 28 2011 at 2:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Centurion Agency

He's only saying it was just another job because he's so type cast as Brandon Walsh. He's trying to make it not such a big deal to make people believe he can play another character. In past interviews he's always had positive things to say about the experience on the show.

April 28 2011 at 11:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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