"If I had more of a typical career, I probably would have just stayed on '90210' for 10 years and never left. Because I think that's what you're supposed to do. You're not supposed to ever leave a hit show. But I was too young and just had too much of a creative appetite to do that and so I just chose to always take risks and try new things and that's what I keep doing."
About This Interview
In his two-and-a-half-hour Archive interview, Darren Star talks about his college years studying writing at UCLA and his first industry job as an assistant at the public relations firm, Guttman & Pam. He discusses his early successes as a screenwriter, and how he transitioned to writing for television with his show Beverly Hills, 90210. Star details working with Aaron Spelling and the immense success of Beverly Hills, 90210, as well as creating his next hit show, Melrose Place. He talks about his break from Spelling Entertainment and creating two series about the glamour of New York City: Central Park West and the cultural phenomenon, Sex and the City. For Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place, and Sex and the City he talks about censorship issues that arose from the shows' often controversial subject matter, as well as his favorite moments and episodes. He also details the casting of Beverly Hills, 90210 and Sex and the City, plus the legacy of each show. Star concludes by discussing his latest series, Younger, and giving advice to aspiring writers. Adrienne Faillace conducted the interview on October 10, 2015 in New York, NY.