Plus, Abbie reveals which original ‘Beverly Hills, 90210′ character inspired her & why she almost didn’t get the part!
As Annie’s (Shenae Grimes) manipulative cousin Emily on 90210, Abbie Cobb is the girl everyone loves to hate right now — but I’ve got some good news for those of you hoping Annie’s life will soon go back to normal. “Emily’s going to be learning a lesson or two, and she may not be around much longer,” Abbie tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively. “The trouble she’s caused will be catching up with her rather quickly in the upcoming episodes.” Of course, that doesn’t mean Emily won’t come back someday…
“She doesn’t finish out the year, but there is always a possibility of her returning to haunt Annie when they go to college next year,” Abbie continues.
Abbie won’t say whether or not Emily will still be in town for the big prom episode, but since it’s being filmed now, I think it’s safe to assume we WON’T be seeing her in any Carrie-esque situations (though that would be pretty awesome.)
Here’s more from my interview with Abbie:
I’m sure you’re aware of this, but did you know you’re practically Jennie Garth‘s twin?
It’s funny, I almost didn’t get the part because of that. I walked in and the producer dropped her pen. She was like, ‘Oh my gosh!’ After I was cast, they told me I almost didn’t get the part because they were afraid it would confuse the fans and everyone would start whispering about [Kelly's] secret love child. Jennie is working on other projects, and they didn’t want the fans thinking she was coming back. They actually worked the hair dye into the script so it would make me look a little bit less like Kelly.
Emily’s fight scenes with Annie are pretty intense. How’s working with Shenae?
Shenae is really great to work with. The fact that we get to fight on-screen all the time makes for really funny conversations off-screen. Like, ‘OK, now you’re going to punch me in the face here, and I’m going to yell at you.’ It’s so funny. I think girl fights are some of the most fun you can have on-set. It helps that she’s a really cool, down-to-earth girl. We have a lot of fun with it. We don’t take ourselves too seriously.
Is Emily strictly after Annie, or does she mess with anyone else?
In the next episode, she definitely has a few interactions where everyone is participating. It’s group drama. Her whole goal is to turn everyone against Annie, so her plot is mainly to destroy Annie’s life and take her place. But I definitely have scenes with the girls in Monday’s episode.
You’re also not the first crazy Emily to attend West Bev. Are you familiar with the original series’ Emily Valentine?
Yes! I actually did a lot of research on her to figure out what she was all about, and how I could use her ideas from the old series, but still be different.
Emily Valentine was pretty crazy. I think [my Emily] is like ‘twisted, crazy conversations’ and she’s more like ‘twisted, crazy, set things on fire.’ I love it, though. I think the two-faced, manipulative back-stabber ALWAYS adds really interesting drama to the show. And I know it’s driving fans crazy online.
So you read a lot of what the fans say online?
Oh, my favorite thing to do is to go on my Facebook fan page and see what people are saying about me. I’ll write on the wall and say, ‘I’m not really like that! How could you say that about me?’ I like to freak fans out and make them think I’m some poser or crazy stalker.