Tori Spelling Opens Up About Feeling 'Really Insecure' During Her Teenage Years on 'Beverly Hills, 90210'

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She may have played the headstrong, popular girl Donna Martin on Beverly Hills, 90210, but actress Tori Spelling revealed that she didn't always feel that way in real life. 

In a touching throwback Instagram post, the 46-year-old actress shared a photo of herself in an epic pose, rocking a black mini-dress with one hand on her hip and one arm in the air, writing, "Fake it till you make it."

She added that she was "a young, really insecure teenager" who "never thought I was good enough." 

Despite playing an admired character on the small screen, Spelling noted, "Off camera I didn’t feel at all beautiful or good about myself." 

Though she was flaunting it in the flashback photo, Spelling explained, "perception is not always reality." 

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Fake it till you make it... - I was a young really insecure teenager that never thought I was good enough. Yet, I was on a hugely successful tv show playing a beautiful popular teen that had it all together. A character that girls everywhere looked up too and boys adored. Off camera I didn’t feel at all beautiful or good about myself. - But, in this pic I was ALL IN for the camera! “ Playing ” Donna Martin would be model 😂Goes to show that perception is not always reality. - Now, I look back at that young insecure girl and I give her HUGE props. She stepped up and went for it. I wish I could have off camera hugged her and told her she was good enough and was beautiful just the way she was. Life is hard enough for teens living up to the expectations the world, society, and peers put on us... let alone being on camera weekly in front of millions. Don’t get me wrong... one of the best times of my life!So blessed and grateful for the successful tv series I got to be a part of and will always cherish the #90210 cast that became my family and friends and relationships that would continue for a lifetime. I just wish I wouldn’t have been so hard on myself. Let myself “off camera” be the girl I felt I was “on camera”. - Bc of Donna Martin I tell my girls everyday they are good enough, smart, beautiful, and can be anyone they want to be. But never be who everyone expects you to be! Be you. #donnamartingraduates #beverlyhills90210 #bh90210 #tbt

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"Now, I look back at that young insecure girl and I give her HUGE props. She stepped up and went for it," she wrote. "I wish I could have off camera hugged her and told her she was good enough and was beautiful just the way she was."

Sadly the tongue-in-cheek "revival" of the hit Fox series, BH90210, was not picked up for a second season. Prior to the news breaking that the gang would not be back, Spelling opened up to ET's Leanne Aguilera about her hopes for a second season. 

"The first season was just kind of showing behind the scenes and getting the group back together. I think we did a really nice job," she said at the time. "So second season would be a 50/50 blend of Beverly Hills, 90210 and BH90210." 

For more from the exclusive interview, watch the clip below: 

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