It’s been 20 years since she was fired from Beverly Hills 90210, but Hilary Swank won't let bygones be bygones!
RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned the Oscar-winning actress is refusing an offer to guest star on the new reboot of the hit 90s show.
“She still feels slighted to this day by the way she was treated as a young actress by the show’s producers,” a source told Radar. "The way they gave her the boot totally crushed her, and for a little while she considered never acting again.”
As Radar previously reported, BH90210, the new version of the classic drama, has just premiered. In the reboot, the original stars of the soap play fictionalized versions of themselves. The first episode, for example, has a running gag about Tori Spelling’s real-life financial woes.
While the main characters are well known, fans may not even remember Swank’s short time on the show. The now 45-year-old star joined the cast in Season 8, playing cash-strapped single mom Carly Reynolds, love interest to Ian Ziering's perpetually immature character Steve Sanders.
But fans weren’t in favor of their love story, writing letters to producers demanding Swank be shown the door. Roughly halfway into her first season, she was finally let go. Now, with the new reboot up and running, some of those same fans are wondering if she’ll be back.
In a word: No.
“She heard they were going to approach her for a cameo on the new series, and she instructed her people to send word back that she would absolutely not consider their offer,” the source said.
Just a few months after Swank's 90210 canning, she was cast in Boys Don't Cry as real-life transgender man Brandon Teena, who was brutally murdered in 1993. The 1999 film earned her a Best Actress Oscar, launching a career that included a second Academy Award in 2004 for Million Dollar Baby.
“Hilary’s a nice person,” the source said, "but a small part of her still gets a kick out of the fact that she became an Oscar-winning star while the rest of her former castmates, who were perceived as better than her, are still desperately clinging to a 90s TV show.”