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Shannen Doherty wouldn't have done new 'BH 90210' series if she was the villain

"I’m not the villain," Doherty said while promoting the new series (Wednesday, 9 EDT/PDT) at the Television Critics Association Wednesday. "I’m the antithesis of that. ... I definitely am not interested in being a part of that kind of show." The meta-series, in which the actors plot their own revival within the show, "is really focused on our friendship(s) ... I just want to keep spreading good positive energy into the world as in real life, as does my character."

In "BH," Doherty is shown as slightly estranged from the rest of the original cast members, appearing at a fan convention only via Livestream. But eventually, she joins the revival that the actors put on together to help their careers.

"I’m like the girl that wants peace and who has found her life and has things figured out," Doherty says, noting that there are "only a few journalists left in the world" who want to keep rehashing old alleged feuds and bad behavior. "You can’t face something like cancer and not be a different person. Not that I was that person, to begin with. It just allowed me to maybe take down my walls a little bit to maybe show the softer side of who I am, but there’s none of that in the new ‘90210.’"

Doherty, who says she is "healthy" now after her cancer battle, was initially reluctant to sign on to the project.

"I definitely wasn’t going to do it, and nothing against the show, I knew that the show would get sold and do well with or without me. They didn't need me," she says. "It just wasn’t at that moment what I wanted to be doing."