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EXCLUSIVE! '90210' Star Matt Lanter On The Show's Homophobic Bullying Plot: It's 'Scarily Relevant!'

Mon, October 11, 2010 6:18pm EDT by Add first Comment

Plus, Matt spills on how HE would feel playing West Bev’s newest gay character.

When the creative minds behind The CW’s 90210 concocted Teddy’s (Trevor Donovan) coming out storyline this past summer, they had no idea just how relevant it would be come fall. With the current buzz surrounding homophobia, bullying and teen suicide, Teddy and Ian’s (Kyle Riabko) secret — and often violent — relationship is hitting eerily close to home for many viewers. “There are obviously a lot of things that are fun and fake on the show, but there are some things that are closer to real life, and this is one of them,” 90210 star Matt Lanter tells exclusively at his Handprint Ceremony at Planet Hollywood Times Square in New York City on Oct. 7.

Michael Steger, who plays student journalist Navid on 90210, already told us that he wishes he could have been the one to play gay on the show — so naturally, we had to ask Matt if he feels the same way.

“It would have been tough on one hand, but it would have been exciting to tackle that,” Matt tells us.

What do YOU think of the show’s timely new storyline?

— Reporting by Lindsey DiMattina