An Interview with Tristan Wilds

In the ’90s, I was a huge fan of the original Beverly Hills 90210. I watched each of the 296 episodes, and when the series went into syndication, I watched it over and over again. 296 times however many times I watched each episode — well, you do the math. Needless to say, after spending more time than I like to admit watching that show, nobody was more excited than I was when the CW announced plans to bring the zip back to the small screen.

Creating a dynamic and likable main family was essential, so rather than put together a goodie-two-shoes type family, the writers chose to take a different approach. I’d like to think that TPTB wanted to prevent viewers from comparing each of the characters to the original cast. Mission accomplished — the Wilson’s are nothing like the Walsh family.

Tristan Wilds plays Dixon Wilson on 90210 and instantly became a huge hit with fans of the show with his charismatic, vulnerable and honest portrayal of a teenager who was rejected by his drug-addicted birth mother, adopted by the Wilson’s and then forced to leave his friends behind and move across the country to live in one of the most affluent towns in the country. I had the pleasure of speaking with the equally charming actor about his role, where the show is headed and how well the cast of 90210 really gets along….

Q: When you took on the role of Dixon, were you worried that people would compare your character to Brandon Walsh?
Tristan: “Yeah, definitely. It’s funny, when he (Jason Priestley) came to direct an episode, we sat down and talked and I realized, ‘I’m playing you.’”

Q: Did Jason give you any advice?
Tristan: “He told me to steer clear of the paparazzi and to try and stay out of the public’s eye as much as possible.”

Q: Where you a fan of the original show?
Tristan: “I didn’t get a chance to watch it as much as I wanted to, but we had to watch a couple of seasons before we started the show. My sister and cousin were big fans and the only memories of watching it was fighting them for the remote because 90210 was on and I wanted to watch something like Secret Squirrel.”

Q: What’s ahead for Dixon?
Tristan: “Well, there’s some relationship hookups, breakups and terrible, terrible makeups. There is going to be a lot of stuff with the family, it’s going to heat up a whole lot.”

Q: Do you think Silver and Dixon will get back together this season?
Tristan: “I don’t know, we’ll have to wait and see. I can tell you that things always end up shaky. I think between Silver and Dixon, there is always going to be something there. They were so much to each other last season.”

Q: Can we expect a new love interest for him this season?
Tristan: “Hmmmm….maybe.”

Q: Do you think Silver and Dixon are destined to become the “supercouple” of the series?
Tristan: “I hope that we’re able to be that big. You never know.”

Q: What can you tell us about the direction of the series for the remainder of the season?
Tristan: “It’s going to take some big twists and turns. You guys need to put on your seat belts because it’s going to be a wild ride.”

Q: Are you having fun with the cast?
Tristan: “We do. We’re like a big family, I love those guys! Being around good people, good friends you can treat as family and calling it a work environment is amazing. It’s fun.”

Q: What do you think has been one of the show’s defining moments so far?
Tristan: “The argument between Annie and Naomi at the end of last season. It got so heated and it set up everything [for this season], it was so beautifully done.”

Q: Do you get a chance to watch any other TV shows?
Tristan: “I watch The Office every now and then and I try to watch all of the CW shows. I love True Blood.”

Q: Anything to say to the fans?
Tristan: “Thank you for supporting not just me, but the whole cast. We really appreciate it.”

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