‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ Star Carol Potter Admits To Crushing On Luke Perry: ‘We Would Flirt & Talk Dirty’
Senior Evening Writer
9021-0h my! Carol Potter, who played Mrs. Walsh on the OG ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ says she would flirt with Luke Perry, even though he was on-screen dating her TV daughter Shannen Doherty.
The Beverly Hills 90210 set sure seemed to be quite an interesting place behind the scenes back in the day. OG stars Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling welcomed Mrs. Cindy Walsh herself, actress Carol Potter, 72, to their “9021OMG” podcast on Jan. 4. She of course portrayed the mom to teenage twins Brenda Walsh (Shannen Doherty) and Brandon Walsh (Jason Priestley) on the iconic 90s Fox drama. Carol let it spill that she had a bit of an off-screen crush on Brenda’s TV boyfriend, late actor Luke Perry, who played heartthrob Dylan McKay.
“We would flirt!” Carol dished to Jennie and Tori, who played Brenda’s West Beverly High pals and classmates Kelly Taylor and Donna Martin on the show. “We used to joke [about everyone having crushes on Luke] all the time.…We’d talk dirty to each other!” Oh my goodness Mrs Walsh! Carol also revealed that she had the “biggest crush” on Luke while they appeared on the show together.
Carol Potter in a promo photo for ‘Beverly Hills, 90210.’ Photo credit: Everett Collection.
She then played a game of “Kiss, Marry, Kick to the Curb” with the male actors from the show. Carol said that she would kiss Luke, marry Brian Austin Green (who played David Silver) and kick Jason to the curb, since having those kind of feelings for one’s TV son would be pretty icky.
In addition to crushing on Luke — and who didn’t back in the day? — Carol also revealed that her relationship with TV daughter Shannen was simply cordial at best. “We weren’t warm and fuzzy. I mean, we had some nice scenes together, but I never felt that close to Shannen. I felt really close to James [Eckhouse],” she revealed, referring to the actor who played her TV husband Jim Walsh.
Jason Priestly, Luke Perry, Shannen Doherty and Carol Potter in a scene from ‘Beverly Hills, 90210.’: Photo credit: Everett Collection
Shannen was with the show from its 1990 debut on FOX through 1994, departing amid reports of clashes with fellow cast members. She was replaced by Tiffani Thiessen, who played secret bad-girl and Walsh family friend Valerie Malone. “When Tiffani came, she and I had a blast,” Potter dished. “She would just shoot the sh*t back and forth…We would play when we were working on the scene. My sense of Shannen is she was…doing her thing. I didn’t feel like there was a lot of space for me.” Well, at least there was space for Luke and Carol 5o have some flirty fun during her eight on and off seasons of the show. The beloved actor sadly passed away on Mar. 4, 2019 after suffering a massive stroke at the too-young age of 52.