“The Following” has been a much different experience than “90210” for Jessica Stroup, which is a big reason she wanted the job.
The actress had planned to take a break from TV work after her five-year run on The CW’s “Beverly Hills, 90210” reboot, but the chance to play Kevin Bacon’s niece and sleuthing partner changed her mind. The dark FOX suspense drama ends its second season Monday (April 28), and while Stroup has enjoyed playing Max Hardy, she also looks back fondly on her time as “90210’s” Erin Silver.
“It was a beautiful part of my life,” she tells Zap2it. “I’d say it was endless learning. It was growth for me as my personal self. There were so many years in there when I needed to become who I am, and I’m thankful to the show for providing that platform.
“I loved every year of it, though it was difficult at times,” Stroup adds. “Shooting TV is always difficult, but it was incredible to take part in something like that. We were able to bond as a family. Those girls and those guys I spent five years with changed my life, and they’re in my life forever.”
Among them were several co-stars who also have gone on to other series, including AnnaLynne McCord (“Dallas”), Matt Lanter (“Star-Crossed”) and Ryan Eggold (“The Blacklist”).
Stroup knows “90210” also connected with its fans through social media, but she admits with a laugh, “I’m terrible at that! I forget that I have a phone most of the time, but I’m workin’ on it. It’s a long-term goal.
“I use it mainly for music and charity work and showing pictures of my dog, but things have changed. You’ve got to adapt and embrace it and become great at it, and I think I should, because the platform is so big. You can make such a difference by talking to people out there.”
At the same time, Stroup admits, “It’s scary to me. It makes me want to go change my face. It makes me paranoid at times, but it’s actually a cool tool that I should be able to use.”
Better late than never right? Jessica Stroup starred back in April 2012 in the beautiful shot music video for
Eight and a Half‘s “Go Ego“.
Jessica looks absolutely stunning in this video, so I had to share it in case you missed it. ;)
Others > Music Video: Eight and a Half – “Go Ego” (2012)
Fox’s dark thriller The Following returned for its second season last sunday night, and Jessica Stroup made her debut as Ryan Hardy’s niece, Max, a tough NYC cop who reconnects with her uncle and helps him in his quest track down serial killer Joe Carroll’s cult of followers.
Stroup, 27, made her acting debut in 2005 and went on to appear in several horror films, including “Prom Night”, “Vampire Bats”, and “The Hills Have Eyes 2”. In 2008, she landed the role of Erin Silver on “90210”, the reboot of Beverly Hills, 90210.
Parade.com caught up with Stroup at The Following season 2 premiere, and she dished on what it’s like working with Kevin Bacon, “bawling [her] eyes out” over certain scenes, and what her character Max will be up to this season.
What drew you to the role of Max Hardy?
“I watched the show last year when it was actually airing, so I loved the show last year. I’d been looking for something that was a strong female [role]. I like doing stunts, I like doing action, and I love Kevin Bacon—so when the role came along, it [was] completely up my alley. There’s a lot more action to come, too.”
Below you ca watch 90210’s season 4 bloopers.
I’ve added to the gallery 3 stills from The Sea Change episode.
Episode Stills > 5.2 – The Sea Change
Jessica, AnnaLynne McCord and Shenae Grimes were spotted on the set of 90210 yesterday, on October 3. I’ve added to the gallery 79 medium quality pictures!
Candids from 2012 > October 3 – On the set of 90210