Shannen Doherty says she shares “a lot of very personal stuff that I haven’t ever talked about before” in her November release book “Badass: A Hard-Earned Guide to Living Life with Style and (the Right) Attitude.” Don’t expect any of that sharing to lead to conciliatory talks with ex-friends or boyfriends.
“I don’t have nay hatchets to bury. There’s no one for me to apologize to,” says the actress, who caused lots of tabloid page turning during her “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Charmed” days. She goes on, “If someone dislikes me, that’s their issue. It has nothing to do with me. That’s what the book is about — why sit there and worry about someone who’s got an issue with you personally? As long as you know you didn’t do anything wrong, as long as you’ve held yourself to a certain standard, then just keep on going forward through your life.”
The actress, who stars in the Hallmark Channel’s charming “Growing the Big One” romantic comedy this Saturday (10/23), also lets us know, “You can’t take on anybody else problems; you have to deal with your own problems. You have to be strong within yourself.”
One of the chapters is titled “How to Turn Around a Bad Reputation.” So, how does one do that?
“This chapter is very tongue in cheek. The section about how to turn your reputation around has advice form people and apparently these things have worked for them,” she wryly replies. “They’re not anything I’ve personally tried. The book is meant for people looking for something funny and interesting, something they can relate to. You know, we all go through friendships that are negative or destructive, relationships that are disruptive. You need to recognize that, draw a line and move forward.”
Doherty shows off her lighter side in “Growing the Big One” – and that’s just the way she wanted it. The one-time “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Charmed” star says she liked the idea of doing something different, and playing the “Big One” radio talk show host — who finds herself trying to win a giant pumpkin-growing contest in order to save the family farm — filled the bill. “The whole energy on the set was relaxed and fun. It wasn’t a job where I had to stay emotionally detached for some reason, or stay into my character, so it was thoroughly enjoyable. The cast was so nice and so funny,” she says of the telepic, in which handsome Kavan Smith of “Stargate: Atlantis” plays her next door neighbor.
Also, Shannen says, there are her brother’s seven children to think about. “It’s nice for his kids to be able to see their aunt in something and then call me and talk about it,” she says. “I think Hallmark does great family movies that are original and fun.”