Millions of fans felt the sudden death of Luke Perry in March when the actor passed away after suffering a massive stroke.
Before his recent recurring role on “Riverdale”, Perry became a household name as cool high schooler Dylan McKay on “Beverly Hills, 90210”. Now, his former co-star Jason Priestley is opening up to ET Canada’s Cheryl Hickey about the profound loss of his friend and co-star as the original TV cast gathers to film the rebooted series, “BH90210” in Vancouver.
“I think that all of us being together has been good. Obviously, Luke not being there… Luke was a big part of that cast and a big part of our family and his absence is definitely palpable but I think all of us being together has been good for all of us,” he says in a sit-down interview in Toronto.
Though Perry never officially signed on to join Priestley, Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, Brian Austin Green, Ian Ziering, Shannen Doherty and Gabrielle Carteris in the reboot, it was widely assumed he would make a guest appearance in the meta show about a group of actors attempting to revive the 1990s series. Now, the original cast is making sure Perry won’t be forgotten, including nods to him in “BH90210”.
“I think we had to talk about the fact that he wasn’t there. And I think we’ve done it in a tasteful way that’s not exploitative. You know it’s a difficult line to walk,” he says. “It’s not like you really know how to do it because it’s not something you do every day. So hopefully we’ve done it in a way and we’ve been successful in navigating those waters successfully.”
“BH90210” will arrive on Global on August 7.