Jennie Garth fears for a ‘Left for Dead’ daughter

Lifetime ‘Summer of Secrets’ offering dramatizes another true story

Jennie Garth of ‘Left for Dead: The Ashley Reeves Story’ Saturday, June 12, on Lifetime

Q: In playing the mother of a teenager attacked and then abandoned in “Left for Dead: The Ashley Reeves Story,” how challenging was it for you to help depict the true story?

A: Yeah, it was definitely so heart-wrenching. Especially being the mother of three young girls, this movie really tapped into a lot of very deep and true emotions for me. It was important for us to have as much fun as we could on the set while working under the crazy time constraints, giving everybody their space to go through everything that they needed to go through, then sort of let it all go at the end of the day.

Left for Dead: The Ashley Reeves Story Premieres Saturday, June 12 at 8/7c on Lifetime.

Q: You went through plenty of crises as Kelly Taylor during your “Beverly Hills, 90210” days, from being stalked to becoming an addict. Does having had to portray those experiences then help you do a role like this now?

A: It sort of serves you as you get older and do more complex roles, absolutely. My character went through so much on that show that there’s a lot there, plus there’s real-life experience with being a mom, and just putting myself in this woman’s shoes and really kind of feeling this terrible tragedy firsthand. So, it’s a combination.

Q: You’ve also produced a number of your acting projects in recent years, including the “BH90210” reimagining a couple of summers ago. Do you welcome chances like this to focus only on the acting?

A: Well, it’s definitely changing hats when you’re producing and working on all fronts, calling the shots and in charge of things. I was very respectful of the producers that did such a great job with this film and Gloria (Ui Young Kim), who did such a wonderful job directing it. I was trying to kind of “zip it” creatively and let them do their job, and stand back and do my job. It was changing gears, but there is something refreshing about just being an actor for hire sometimes.

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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