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Currently starring on WB's "What I Like About You", Jennie is a familiar face to mainstream T.V. fans after thriving on "Beverly Hills 90210". Garth was born in the farming community of Urbana, Illinois, and spent her early childhood on the family's 25-acre horse farm in Arcola, Illinois. With her parents and six siblings, Garth moved to Phoenix, Arizona, when she was just 13, and it was there that she met her manager at a local beauty pageant. She then convinced her parents she needed to move to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. Once in Los Angeles, Garth quickly landed a role in her first television series, A Brand New Life starring Barbara Eden. At 17, Garth dazzled legendary producer Aaron Spelling who hired her to play spoiled rich girl Kelly Taylor even before she got back to her car. In 1996, Garth executive produced and starred in the television movie An Unfinished Affair, where she met her future husband, actor Peter Facinelli. Garth's other credits include the television movies Without Consent, Loss of Innocence, Danielle Steel's Star, Darren Star's television series The Street and the made-for-tv movie NBC's Secret Santa. Garth currently divides her time between her home in Los Angeles and ranch in Northern California, with her three loves: her husband, Peter Facinelli, and her daughters Lucca Bella and Lola Ray and her horses. Garth was born on April 3, 1972 in Urbana, Illinois.
In Her Words: "I could never work again and be so happy — that's how happy I am."
Five Things You Must Know about Jennie Garth
Jennie Garth has produced and developed several of her own television movies.
Her father and mother each had three children when they met and married — Garth grew up in a real-life "Brady Bunch"!
She designed her own wedding gown for when she married Peter Facinelli in 2001.
Garth loves animals. Her ranch houses cats, dogs, horses, goats and rabbits.
She stars in "What I Like About You," a sitcom about two sisters living together in New York City.
Jennie Garth: "90210" Girl
Jennie Garth became famous as "Beverly Hills 90210" bad girl Kelly Taylor, but at heart, she is a Midwestern girl who loves animals and, above all, her family.
Jennie Garth became famous as "Beverly Hills 90210" bad girl Kelly Taylor, but at heart, she is a Midwestern girl who loves animals and, above all, her family.
Garth grew up on a farm in rural Illinois, but her father's poor health forced the family to move to the warmer climes of Phoenix. The pretty blonde began modeling when she was 14 years old, and soon afterward her mother moved with her to Hollywood so she could try her hand at acting. After returning to Arizona briefly to tend to her ailing father, Garth headed back to Los Angeles — and landed a part. In 1989, she was cast in a short-lived sitcom called "A Brand New Life," playing the daughter of Barbara Eden's character, the show's star. When the sitcom was cancelled the following year, she auditioned for "Beverly Hills 90210," a new show about rich, raunchy teens. Unfortunately, her first audition went so poorly that the casting director tossed her head shot into the trash can. At the persistence of her manager, she landed several more auditions and met the show's creator, Aaron Spelling, who says, "When you meet [Jennie], you just fall in love with her."
Garth's character, Kelly, was rich, spoiled, conniving and despised by all. The actress relished playing a person who was so different from her, and "90210" was a wild success with audiences. Garth enjoyed her job immensely, but some setbacks — the glare of the spotlight; a bitter, publicized rivalry with co-star Shannen Doherty; and the disappointment of a failed first marriage — caused Garth to reevaluate her lifestyle. She bought a big farm and moved her parents to California. In 1996, Garth met actor Peter Facinelli on the set of "An Unfinished Affair," a made-for-TV movie. The two fell in love. Soon afterward, the couple discovered Garth was pregnant. Their daughter, Luca Bella, was born on June 22, 1997, and two years later, Garth and Facinelli tied the knot. "[We] spent time making our foundation solid so that we could create a stable family for our child," says Garth. When "Beverly Hills 90210" finally came to an end in the spring of 2000, after 10 roller-coaster seasons, Garth relished having more time to spend with her family. She has made occasional appearances on television, her home away from home.
Garth relished having more time to spend with her family. But after several years, television beckoned again, in the form of a sitcom role on the WB show "What I Like About You." Garth couldn't turn down an opportunity to apply her talents in a comedic role, a far cry from her earnest character on "Beverly Hills 90210." Today, she couldn't be happier with her balanced life as mom, wife and accomplished actress. On Friday, December 6, 2002, Garth gave birth to a new baby girl, Lola Ray.
For stars like Jennie and her husband Peter, it's more than just a game
Jennie Garth, star of the WB's "What I Like About You" and the '90s classic "Beverly Hills, 90210," knows the pressure of performing.
Yet the burden of playing a part is nothing compared to what she experiences on "Celebrity Poker Showdown." "It's the most stress I've been under in I don't know how long," she said.
Despite that pressure, Garth said she enjoyed participating on the second season of the star-studded game show, which begins on Thursday at 9 p.m. on Bravo. The show, taped at the Palms casino in Las Vegas, features celebrities who play in groups of five. Each two-hour episode features one game of Texas Hold 'Em poker.
The celebrities also have more at stake than their reputations -- they're playing for the charity of their choice. Everyone gets at least $5,000. Championship winners -- and this year there are two championship tournaments instead of one -- receive $100,000.
Poker expert Phil Gordon, who has won two World Poker Tour events, said the pressure is immense, so much so that it brought at least one contestant to tears.
"There was one celebrity who cried for about five minutes" after losing a place at the table, he said. He wouldn't name names.
During the show, Gordon offers commentaries -- which the celebrities cannot hear -- and explains the rules of the game to help viewers follow along. Those tuning in can see the players' cards, thanks to miniature cameras built into the poker table.
Celebrities are taught to hold their cards so the TV audience -- but not opponents -- can see their hands.
That's not all the coaching the players receive. They also get a booklet filled with tips from Gordon. "The production company sends them books and software they can play with" to prepare, said Gordon, who also offers tutoring sessions for the stars. "They wanted to play well."
Those who don't play well enough to stay in the game are sent to the Losers Lounge, where host Dave Foley -- formerly of NBC's "News Radio" -- joins the stars to watch the rest of the game on a TV monitor.
"The Loser's Lounge is not fun," Garth said. "They try to make it look all pretty with snacks and drinks, but you just want to go home."
Actor Peter Facinelli, Garth's husband, is back for season two.
"It becomes almost like a sport instead of a game," he said. "The competition level is raised when you come to the table. It's the embarrassment of being out first. You want to at least get down to the last couple of players."
There are two levels of playing, Facinelli said, that indicate a player's experience. "The first time I played, I was at the first level. I was concerned with my cards. The second level is concerned with other people's cards and the other people at the table," he said.
"From the first tournament to the second, I got that it didn't matter what my cards are. It matters what the others' cards are. Look at the players and see how they react to the cards that are on the table."
That's where acting skills can come into play as the celebs try to maintain a "poker face."
Garth said being the only woman at the table worked in her favor because her opponents weren't able to read her. "They didn't know what was thinking or what was going on in my head," she said. One of Gordon's tips is to remember that bluffing is an important part of the game.
However, Facinelli says fortune also plays its part. "You can play your cards as perfect as you want, and you could still lose. At the end of the day, it just comes down to dumb luck."
''Til Ratings Do Us Part'' said Jennie Garth
Talk about life in the "Fastlane". Since January, Peter Facinelli's cops-and-cool-cars Fox drama (the show's season finale airs this week) has been facing off against wife Jennie Garth's WB sitcom, "What I Like About You". But Garth downplays any competitiveness. "If we were on shows that were similar, it would be harder," says the 31-year-old former "Beverly Hills, 90210" star. "He'll have an episode about drug heists or counterfeiting, and mine will be about a lost teddy bear." Still, Facinelli, 29, admits he was hardly thrilled about the face-off. "No one wants to be pitted up against their spouse," he says. "I don't know what we'd do if we were both home Friday night. We'd probably fight over [the remote]."
Juggling two full-time careers and two daughters -- Luca Bella, 5, and Lola Ray, 4 months -- hasn't been easy for the couple, who met on the set of the 1996 TV-movie "An Unfinished Affair" and were married in 2001. "It's been the most challenging year of our lives," admits Garth. "A year we'll need to take a nice long break from and sort of sit back and go, 'Whoa! What just happened?' " Agrees Facinelli, "We're definitely looking forward to hiatus."
In the meantime, Garth is enjoying her light-hearted turn on "What I Like About You" -- a far cry from the "90210" days when her character survived everything from a drug problem to a stalker. "I'm a goof ball in general," says Garth. "So (comedy) is something I knew would come naturally." Jokes Facinelli, "She used to go off to do the drama, and I'd get the comedy at home. Now she does the comedy at work and comes home with the drama."
So what do Garth and Facinelli do when the working day is over? They watch their favorite show, "American Idol". "We used to watch 'Survivor' religiously, but [now] it's 'American Idol'," says Garth, who took her daughter to the show's finale last season. "We hope to go this year as well. I think we might have a couple of friends at Fox we can call."
New Sitcom "A Big Step" for Garth
She's bad with computers, can't figure out how to work her answering machine, and programming her VCR is an impossible dream. In today's electronic climate, you might say that actress Jennie Garth is a loser.
Of course, in show business, she's one of the winners. The star of TV's legendary "Beverly Hills 90210" has conquered her toughest challenge yet - comedy.
"That was a big step for me," she says, looking rosy-cheeked in the afternoon sunlight.
"I kind of went out there on a limb. That was, I think, the hardest thing I've ever had to do. It crossed my mind at times that I couldn't do it. I had to just shove that aside because that was not going to help me through it," she says.
"I think it was the perception of everyone else that was scaring me more than anything. But once you did it, and everything went smoothly, those fears sort of subside till you have to do it again," she says with a grin, running her fingers through her straight, blond hair.
Garth, 30, is starring in her first sitcom, "What I Like About You," airing on the WB at 7 p.m. Fridays. And to everyone's surprise (even hers), she's amazingly good with physical comedy. Of course, her gentle demeanor and soft-spoken delivery have always masked a dogged determination that saw her emancipated and performing professionally at 16.
Today, pregnant with her second child (due in December), she calls herself a "late bloomer," but it's clear that Garth grew up quickly.
"My father was sick when I was about 13 years old. He developed heart disease and has been sick ever since, but he's still tickin'. . . .
"It sort of ended my childhood at that point and changed the dynamics of my family a lot. And we had to be uprooted from our home, and it changed things on every level. We were in Illinois (Urbana) at that time, and we moved to Arizona (Phoenix) for the warm climate for him," says Garth, whose gushing note about Tucson's Maya Quetzal still hangs on the Guatemalan-food restaurant's wall.
"We had to separate from the family . . . so that was a really traumatic time - let alone watching my father go through that. That was tremendously life-altering for me and for every member of my family."
Garth has four sisters and two brothers (three of the siblings are half-sisters). It was her agent, Randy James, who first convinced her that she should leave Arizona to try her luck in Los Angeles. "He put the bug in my mom's ear and my ear, and we just said, 'Oh, what the heck,' " she says with a shrug.
"I'm not a planner. I didn't have anything that was disrupting. I wasn't really loving my high school experience, so. . . . I was really smart, but I wasn't applying myself. It wasn't going well, so I got my GED, and we came out."
Even though she played the comely, rich co-ed in "90210," Garth says her own high school years were not "Happy Days."
"I liked school; high school didn't like me," she recalls. "I had some peer pressure, girl problems, that sort of normal stuff that I pray and hope my own daughter doesn't have to go through. Girls can be so vicious."
Garth and her second husband, actor Peter Facinelli, have a 5-year-old daughter, who was 3 when they were married. They met on the film "An Unfinished Affair," which she produced. It was love at first sight, she confesses, adding quickly: "It was probably lust at first sight; then he opened his mouth, and I was done."
When they met, she was in the middle of "90210" and finalizing her divorce from her first husband, Daniel Clark.
"I met my husband (Peter) at a challenging time in my life, and that sort of just changed everything around," she says. "And it hasn't all been peaches since then, but it's certainly been good growth, as opposed to the road I was on before. I was in a bad relationship and was not sure which way was up at that point. Things were not . . . it was not a great time in my life. . . . He's been like an angel, kind of."
Even though she's suffered doubts in the past, it never seemed to stop her. "I'm really a confident person, that carries me through," she says. "Even if I were to fail, I would remain confident on some level. I do think that fear is a good thing, it keeps people going and keeps people reaching for more. So if there is a little fear mixed in with the excitement and anticipation, that's not a bad thing."
Jennie Garth on her new show and a ''90210'' reunion
If it's hard to believe that it's been 12 years since ''Beverly Hills, 90210'' debuted, here's some proof: The producers of Jennie Garth's new WB sitcom hired the erstwhile Kelly Taylor in hopes of reaching ''older people.'' ''What I Like About You'' (Fridays, 8 p.m.), which debuted to promising ratings last week, stars 30-year-old Garth as a New York publicist who reluctantly takes custody of her accident-prone younger sister -- played by another blonde, 16-year-old Amanda Bynes.
Thanks to Bynes' Nickelodeon shows and movie success (''Big Fat Liar''), the perky junior comedienne is as familiar to 2002-model teens and tweens as Kelly, Brandon, and the gang were to Gen-X (now known as those ''older people'').
But Garth doesn't mind playing straight woman to a teen sensation -- she's got bigger concerns, like trying to keep her character from looking like she's seven months pregnant (Garth's second baby is due later this year). Garth tells EW.com about her first ongoing series since ''90210,'' working with a 16-year-old, and why she's not ready for a reunion with her old pals.
I was not looking forward to doing a drama again. I was looking to do a comedy, but no one thought I had it in me. You sort of get stereotyped -- people had seen me do a lot of drama. There were other [sitcoms] where it was down to me and one other person, and the other person got it because of people's lack of confidence in my comedic ability based on one cold read in a room. They didn't give me the chance, but luckily those shows didn't get picked up.
Amanda was attached to the show before me. It was a little bit of a different show at that point. But the WB wanted to appeal to another audience, and not just have it be a teenage show. They wanted to bring someone in to bring an established audience of older people, and I kind of fit that bill. And we met and they liked me, they really liked me!
How does it feel to be working with someone who was three years old when ''90210'' debuted?
At least I'm the sister -- thank God I'm not her mother. We get along great. There's no weird, ''she's 16 and I'm 30'' vibe. It's just easy.
You're about to give birth to a member of an even younger age group -- how is that affecting the show?
I was actually one or two months pregnant when we did the pilot, but I didn't know it, so I did the flipping over the couch and all that stuff while newly pregnant. Since we've come back, it's growing more challenging every day. They haven't changed the writing at all, and we just hide it. I tend to carry a lot of things [as cover-up].
Your character is a harried publicist. Would you hire her?
She's definitely less intense than my publicist. But I would hire her if I didn't know about her sister. If her sister's anywhere near, things are gonna get messed up. But she's very on the ball. She's very eager. She wants to be the best.
Simon Rex, who plays your boyfriend, seems to get a hard time from the critics. Is he misunderstood? I never watched ''Jack & Jill'' or any of his previous shows -- I didn't even know he was an MTV VJ! He's a great guy, and he's doing a great job with the comedy. I don't know what other people's perceptions are.
Ultimately, how much of a liability has it been to come from ''90210''?
I think I anticipated the perception that would come from 10 years on that show. I chose to take some time off. I needed it, and I wanted the public to have a break from me so they could see me in a different light. When Darren Starr asked me to do a little arc on ''The Street,'' that was a nice chance, even though the show was canceled before my episodes aired. At that point I really felt like I had put ''90210'' behind me and moved forward -- whether people saw it or not.
Do you feel like you have it easier than your ''90210'' castmates?
I was one of the cast members who had fewer stereotypes on them than the others. I won't mention any names, but it was really hard for some of them, and it will continue to be hard, because that show was a cultural icon, and it's tough to shake that.
There were rumors of a reunion show coming. True?
Well, Fox thought of that. I told them it's too soon for me personally. I would never turn my back on the show that made me who I am and put the roof over my head, but it's too soon. And it's too soon, also, for the good of whatever show it would be. It would be a better show if it was 10 years later.
Jennie Garth' Full Life After ''Beverly Hills 90210"
Not many young women spend their formative years with the whole world watching, but Jennie Garth did, playing Kelly on the phenomenally successful television series Beverly Hills 90210 for 10 years. And, like many others from the series-- Jason Priestly, Luke Perry, Tori Spelling-- Garth has become a familiar name in American households.
"Beverly Hills 90210 was a great ride," Garth says, "and the time of my life. I grew up on that show. I grew up with those people. It was an incredible experience for me from the age of 17 or 18 until now that I'm an adult." "I got to travel around the world doing public appearances for the show," Garth continues. "Greece, Japan, England, Israel, Canada, and all across America. Fox sent us out to publicize the show and create fans. I worked really diligently at it."
Much of the shows popularity among young people stemmed from the realistic portrayal faced by young people growing up fast-- grades, peer pressures, drugs, sex, and parental conflicts.
Garth was born in Illinois but moved to Arizona when she was 13. A couple of years later, she entered the acting profession through the time-honored cliche--a man came up to her with the old "you ought to be in show business" routine
"I was approached by this man from Los Angeles who said I could do it," Garth recalls. "My mother and I were skeptical. But then we met him again, with his wife this time, and we decided to give it a try. My mom moved to LA with me and put her life on hold to help me. I wasn't even convinced I wanted to do it. Eventually, mom went back to Phoenix, but they've moved here now. They live in the Santa Ynez Valley."
Beverly Hills 90210 was still on the horizon for Garth, however. "I started in an NBC show with Barbara Eden called A Brand New Life," Garth says. "The show didn't last but Barbara was my mentor. She taught me a lot about the technical aspects. It was a really good training ground."
With the success of Beverly Hills 90210 firmly established, Garth started doing other things as well, primarily television movies. Her first was a NBC movie-of-the-week, Danielle Steel's Star, which launched the network's 1993 fall season, gathering great ratings along the way.
The next year, Garth starred in and was the executive producer of Without Consent for ABC. This television film, which Garth developed for nearly a year, tells the story of a fictional Laura Mills who is committed by her parents to a private psychiatric hospital. Based on true accounts, Without Consent explored a growing problem in the mental health care system, and endeavored to bring about change by raising public awareness of this important issue.
"Without Consent was based on a newspaper story my manager read," Garth says. "We investigated and researched the story, had the script written, and took it to the studio." "I really learned a lot from producing. I learned it's a lot more fun at that level, having control over casting and locations. It gave me the opportunity to explore the business side of the industry."
The success of Without Consent led to a deal at ABC for Garth to develop and produce her own projects. The most recent television movie was a period about illicit love in Mormon Utah called A Loss of Innocence. I really wanted to do A Loss of Innocence, but I had to call the network president and plead, 'Please lets do it.'"
Another project is developing The Rapture of Canaan by Sherry Reynolds. "It was on Oprah's book club," Garth says, "but it's not an easy sell. It's the story of a girl in a religious community in the South. She's coming into her own, falling in love, and growing up. It's a beautiful story, but quite dark.
Garth made her feature film debut in Brother in Arms, an independent feature set against the backdrop of the conflicts of Northern Ireland. The Hollywood Film Festival, created by Francis Ford Coppola, Rob Reiner, and Sherry Lansing, selected Brother in Arms to kick off their inaugural event. It went on to win first place in the competition and was released in the fall of 1998.
"I didn't have a lot of time to do other feature films," Garth notes. "We did 33 episodes a season for Beverly Hills 90210 so we had a very short hiatus."
After such a long and successful run with Beverly Hills 90210, what does Garth have planned for the future? "Right now I'm coming down from the wrap of 90210. I'm figuring out what the next step is going to be. I've definitely decided to really focus on the acting side of the business for now while I still have my looks. When roles get slimmer, I'll go to producing. But I'm actually excited about going on auditions. I'm meeting people and it's exciting for me. I never had to do that before.
"I also want to do some theater," Garth says. I'm scared of it, so it's something I have to do. I'm actually pursuing stage work."
Garth has plenty to do while she plans the next step in her acting career. She spends a lot of time at her ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley with her three-year-old daughter, her family, and her animals. "We have horses, dogs, goats, rabbits, all the basic farm animals at this point," she says, "and I'm looking for a cat for my daughter. I do love being in the Santa Ynez Valley. I love Los Angeles, But I really love being on a farm."
Garth is Also enjoying being a full-time mother and planning her wedding to actor Peter Facinelli It's set for early next year "We're always juggling our schedules so we can see each other, trying to figure out who's going to be where and at what time."
In addition to her hobbies like photography and furniture-making, Garth is involved in a number of charitable activities as well.
"I'm active in several animal rights groups and I donate time to the AIDS project," Garth says. "I just got involved with World Vision, which helps underprivileged children around the world. I really want to get more involved with that."
A perfect life for Jennie Garth
Could life be any more perfect for 90210 star Jennie Garth? She has a stunning home, a gorgeous man and an even more beautiful baby.
Like her 90210 character Kelly Taylor, the 26-year-old has experienced her share of ups and downs. Married to rock musician, Dan Clark in 1994, their relationship soon began to crumble. Jennie filed for divorce two years later, but found new love again soon after while shooting on the set of the television movie An Unfinished Affair when she met and fell in love with her co-star Peter.
"Peter was very interesting and sort of intellectually stimulating," says Jennie. "It was sort of fate." Jennie admits that even with fate on her side, her romance with 24-year old Peter was a complex affair at first. "I was legally married, but no longer living with my husband," she says. "I was trying to get a divorce, which wasn't an easy thing to do."
Then Jennie discovered she was pregnant with Peter's child.
"Luca Bella was a big surprise," she admits. "But after much talking and trying to figure things out, I just finally said this is the greatest thing that could have happened." "I was very excited, I had always wanted children and at so many points in my life that weren't appropriate I'd said I wanted to have a baby." "When I fell pregnant I wasn't at one of those points in my life where I wanted to have a kid. But it happened, and I couldn't imagine life being any other way now."
Since Luca Bella was born, Jennie and Peter have worked hard to create a caring and loving environment. However Jennie's refreshingly candid about adjusting to life with a new child.
I have everything I could want. To marry Peter would only be the icing on the cake. He has left it open to ask me whenever he thinks it is appropriate. I trust his judgement
Jennie's judgements and decisions about her daughter preserve. An ethical vegetarian for several years, Jennie's raising Luca Bella meat-free.
"I feed her tofu hot dogs and tofu bologna," says Jennie. "She eats beans and pastas and rice. She's never been on dairy products - she started on soy formula and now she's on soy milk." "Knock wood she has never been sick. Luca Bella hasn't had a cold or anything yet and I attribute that to her diet."
Although not quite a vegetarian, Luca Bella's father believes a healthy lifestyle is important. Peter, 24, is a native New Yorker and aspiring actor, and stared in the recent film Can't Hardly Wait.
Jennie's personal happiness and budding maturity are reflected in her unruffled lifestyle and earthy four-bedroom home. Built on over an acre of wooded land situated about 20 minutes out of Los Angeles, the patio and backyard are linked together by a rustic planked bridge that arches above a twisted creek. The living room fireplace is the nucleus for a home bathed in warmth, while elegant stone-carved angels adorn the granite hearth enclosure.
"All the furniture is the same stuff from our old house that I picked out. We just moved it all here, " Jennie says throwing her legs across her velvet green ottoman. The country cottage style interiors are accented in neutral shades and hues, creating an ambiance of comfort, ease and balance. When the couple want to get away from the rigors of suburban life, Jennie and Peter take Luca Bella to the couple's ranch in northern California. "My Mom and Dad have moved to our ranch that's about 2 hours away from here," she says.
A lover of animals, the ranch not only provides a retreat for her and her family. It's a haven for her furry creatures, big and small. " Sasha, one of her poodles, is her at the house, but my other four dogs are up at the ranch."
Her homes offer the perfect getaway for the busy actress, who's enthusiasm for 90210 hasn't wanes over the years. "It's fun," she says, "I enjoy the people I work with very much. You would think I would be tired of it by now and there are days that are trying - but there's always something around the corner to look forward to."
"I'll be directing my first episode soon and I'm really looking forward to it. I don't know the name of the episode or what it's about, but I know the cast and the setting, " she laughs. "So there's always something to keep you going." Apart from her family that is.
Beauty talk with Jennie Garth
"My great-grandfather was a barber. My mom was a hairstylist. My sister Cammie owns Hair Biz in Arcola, Ill. It's totally Steel Magnolias!"
"I wouldn't be caught dead in Beverly Hills!" jokes Jennie Garth about the luxurious burg that has made her famous the world over. "I love the [San Fernando] Valley. It's so normal." Perhaps after nine seasons of soap-operatic drama on Beverly Hills, 90210, normalcy is the ultimate indulgence. Garth plans to part ways with her beleaguered TV alter ego, Kelley Taylor, after this season. The 27-year-old looks forward to playing different roles, planning her wedding to actor Peter Facinelli, hanging out with her 2 1/2 year-old daughter Luca Bella, and taking a break from her perfectly polished 90210 look. Although she's an admitted beauty-product junkie, Garth says, "I think I look the best when I'm not wearing any makeup, because I just feel real and raw."
Define your style. Platform shoes. I'm not happy unless I have platforms on. If you show me a flat shoe, I run screaming.
Do you have a favorite pair? I bought four pairs of Steve maddens so I'll never run out.
Who are your favorite designers? I like the gap and Banana Republic. I bought some Daryl K pants the other day. They fit me so well -- I was so excited.
Do you prefer your hair long or short? I hate having long hair, but Tori [Spelling] won't let me cut it short, and I don't want to hear about it. It's just easier to have short hair. She'd kill me if I cut it short!
How do you take care of your skin? I just started seeing Matty at Matty European Skincare & Cosmetics on third street [in L.A.]. She changed my skin. Now I truly believe that going to see a facialist about once a month is the answer.
Which skin-care products do you use? I use Matty's cleansing wash, toner and Glyco Complex at night. I use Philosophy Hope in a jar, which is a light moisturizer. And something with at least SPF 15 in it.
Are you into nutrition? I'm a total phaser. I'll eat healthy and clean for eight months, and then I'll be a junk food mama for four months. I just kind of do whatever I want to do. Until that presents a problem for me and my body, I'll continue to do that because food is social for me, it relaxes me.
Are you into exercise? I love to exercise, and I love it when I'm on an exercise kick. It comes and goes. It's gone right now. I belong to Crunch [gym], and I like kickboxing and Tae-Bo. And I like to ride horses.
Did you have a beauty guru growing up? My mom had a boutique in Arcola, Ill.; she'd give everyone perms and tease them out. I used to go in and paint my nails up to my knuckles. I've been into this whole beauty thing since I was really little.
What's your favorite fragrance? I like Donna Karan's Cashmere Mist. I also like this stuff from Fred Segal called Child. It's an oil-based fragrance. Guys are all over you if you wear it, so just be prepared.