The Betty Interview: Candace Bushnell and Jennie Garth
The author and actress brief BettyConfidential on their new web series ‘The Broadroom,’ as well as their feelings on the newest reincarnations of ‘Sex in the City’ and ‘90210.’ Oh, and their respective feelings on homemade sausage.
Candace Bushnell and Jennie Garth don’t appear to have much in common. Candace is the godmother of the modern chick lit era, the writer who penned Sex in the City and introduced us to Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda. Jennie is the actress best known for her decade-long stint blanketing the ’90s playing a pouty Kelly Taylor on Beverly Hills, 90210 — a role she recently reprised in the CW spin-off series.
Candace, 50, is a real-life Carrie, not only helping launch the TV-series based on Sex but also pumping out another bestseller, One Fifth Avenue, as well as Lipstick Jungle (the TV version of which arguably put Robert Buckley on the map and got Brooke Shields back on it). She’s danced at hotspots from Studio 54 to Bungalow 8, and, finally, into the arms of husband Charles Askegaard, a principal dancer in the New York City ballet.
Jennie, 37, leads a more laid-back, West Coast lifestyle that revolves around family (including husband Peter Facinelli, and daughters Luca, 12, Lola, 6 and Fiona, 3) and filming. Although she has filmed scenes with former co-star Shannen Doherty for the new 90210, the ’90s catfights that plagued the cast seemed to have been gone the way of crimped hair and scrunchies.
But the Sex-y scribe and the working mom are teaming up for a new adventure, a webisode series called The Broadroom, that the editor of More magazine Lesley Jane Seymour has called “the next Lipstick Jungle.” Written by Candace, The Broadroom is a four-part series starring Jennie and Jennifer Esposito. You can see the first episode below and the final two episodes debut at thebroadroomonline.com on October 9 and 23.