As Tori made a name for herself in “Beverly Hills, 90210,” she found herself with a steady self-earned income for the first time in her life. Once Tori realized how much money she was making, she got busy spending it. She moved out of “The Manor” and started living independently. “I had a hit TV series, so I didn’t really need my parents for anything,” Tori said in a 2008 interview.
However, this new sense of financial independence eventually got her into some deep trouble. When “90210” ended in 2000, so did her cash flow. As it turns out, Tori had been extravagantly spending beyond her means for years. She loved to go on shopping sprees that could total over $50,000, which she always charged on her credit card. This instance of near-bankruptcy was a tiny peak into Tori’s future financial woes.
Tori Dealt With a Bad Relationship
Tori did have at least one serious relationship during the early years of filming “90210,” although it wasn’t the healthiest. She dated actor Nick Savalas for a couple of years in the early 90s, but she wasn’t happy. Nick was verbally abusive toward Tori during the entirety of their relationship, calling her “ugly” when he knew how insecure she was about her looks.
Naturally, Tori’s parents and her “90210” costars weren’t the biggest fans of Nick. Her costar, Luke Perry, always stood by her side and defended her from verbal abuse more than once. Thankfully, Tori was able to extract herself safely from the relationship and move on to bigger and better things.
Tori the Snitch?
Any “Beverly Hills 90210” fan no doubt remembers when Shannen Doherty was dramatically fired from the show. However, fans may not know that Tori Spelling may have been the main reason Shannen was abruptly fired. Tori was really close with actress Jennie Garth, and Jennie and Shannen simply did not get along.
Tori always acted as the peacemaker between the two, but one day, they got into a physical fight. Tori was over it. She told her dad, Aaron Spelling, about Shannen’s behavior. Being an executive producer on the show, it’s no surprise that he fired Shannen a bit after he learned that news from his daughter. Looking back, Tori regrets that her ratting on Shannen is likely what led her to lose her job.
“90210” Meets “Scream”
You know you’ve made it big when a blockbuster movie makes a joke about you. Tori Spelling was forever immortalized when she became the butt of a joke in the original “Scream.” This classic 1996 slasher featured a scene where the character Sidney Prescott bemoaned the possibility of Tori Spelling playing her in a movie about her life.
The joke was meant as a jab (no pun intended) at Tori’s acting skills, but she took it in stride. In fact, she ended up fully embracing the joke. When fans first saw “Scream” in theaters, they had no idea what they were in for when “Scream 2” would come out. That’s right. Tori actually made an appearance in the sequel.
Tori, the “Scream” Queen
It seems that Tori Spelling has always been a good sport and a fan of self-deprecating humor. After being referenced in the original “Scream,” Tori actually had a cameo in “Scream 2,” which came out in 1997. Like many of her acting gigs after “90210,” Tori plays a fictionalized version of herself in the slasher sequel.
Tori plays herself being interviewed about a new movie called “Stab.” Several cheesy scenes from the fake movie are played as a “sneak peek,” too. Here’s where the joke comes in. The movie version of Tori plays a fictionalized version of Sidney Prescott in “Stab.” It seems that Tori ended up playing Sidney in the movie version of her life, after all.