On the evening of October 4, 1990, the FOX network aired the pilot episode of a show that would, over the course of its ten seasons and 296 episodes, expose viewers to a world of glitz and glamour while simultaneously redefining the concept of the modern serial drama. Beverly Hills, 90210 was the brainchild of acclaimed producers Aaron Spelling, Darren Star and Charles Rosin, and this week on Ten Minute Interviews, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic show’s debut.
There was no shortage of memorable characters on Beverly Hills, 90210, but perhaps none burned brighter than that of Emily Valentine, played by actress Christine Elise. The character of Emily arrived midway through the show’s second season, and immediately began making waves, flirting with both Dylan and Brandon and infuriating Brenda in the process. Though her relationship with Brandon blossomed into romance, Emily’s wild side soon became too much for him to handle. After she spiked his drink with the drug U4EA at an underground club, Brandon broke up with Emily. leading to a series of bitter interactions before Emily’s increasingly erratic behavior eventually led to her institutionalization. Though she would make a full recovery with the help of Prozac and appear in later seasons, Emily and Brandon never truly rekindled the fiery romance of their younger years.