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Surfer Betty teaches Yoga?

September 19, 2011

I love the original “Beverly Hills, 90210.” I’ll never forget flipping channels the night of October 4, 1990 and I stopped on this teenage dream of a show that is still a guilty pleasure.

So, today I had a minor freak out at the gym when I realized I was in the presence of an original 90210 alum!

Wait…it wasn’t Tori or Shannen so don’t get too excited, friends.

I was hanging out in front of studio one waiting for some booty-buster class to finish and I catch a glance at the face of this woman approaching the waiting area. Hmm…she looks familiar but from where, I wondered. I have a crappy memory and always think I went to high school with someone before realizing who they really are. Anyway, another woman starts chatting her up and then I hear her distinct voice.

OMG!! She is “Surfer Betty” from the 1990 episode called “The Green Room.” You know the one, Dylan was trying to teach Brandon how to surf and Sarah (or “Surfer Betty” as the loser surfer dudes called her) almost drowned because she had been drinking beer on the beach and surfing. Of course, Brandon rescues her and all is wonderful again. She was also in a 1992 episode called “Cardio-Funk” (horrible thong aerobic outfits in this episode too, ew) where Sarah and Dylan meet again at an A.A. meeting and she’s having some trouble staying clean so he helps her out but ends up making the moves on him which really throws Brenda into a jealous fit. Sounding familiar?

And now she’s sitting next to me and I’m having a tiny panic attack. I’m seriously that much of a dork.

Finally, booty-bonanza lets out and we file in to get our downward dog on and HOLY WHAT??? Surfer Betty is the instructor?

She introduces herself to the class as Heather and explains why she hasn’t been teaching the class for a while because she just got married…yada, yada.

I was eagerly waiting for her to say something about being lip-to-lip with both Jason Priestley and Luke Perry but nothing of the sort came up. The only thing that was even a remote mention of 90210 was when she was demonstrating a pose and she likened it to surfing. *sigh*

Heather McAdam

After class – actually, while I sat in my car Googling from my iPhone – I found that she is indeed a certified yoga instructor and lives here in Orange County. It doesn’t look like she’s acted in some time (like, the late 90’s) but damn, teaching yoga is doing wonders for her!

The crazy thing is that this isn’t the first time I’ve been in the vicinity of someone from the original Hills. When I was in college, the girl who played the younger version of Erica (Dylan’s sort-of half-sister but not really) took a chemistry class with me. Freaky!

Have you ever randomly shared space with a celebrity of sorts? Did you tell them how much you loved or hated them? Do tell.

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Ashley @ It's Fitting September 19, 2011 at 3:54 pm

You crack me up that you know 90210 that well. I wouldn’t have had a CLUE as to who that was. And yes, when I lived/worked in LA it happened all the time. Most times I ignored them unless someone introduced us at a party or something. I figured, unless they want to talk to me, I didn’t really need to accost them :-)

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Wendy September 19, 2011 at 3:59 pm

I know! I’m super embarrassed to admit it but whatev.

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Denise September 19, 2011 at 6:01 pm

My sister shared a plane with the guy who played the Governor on Benson. When she got off the plane she did ask if she could have her picture taken with him and he was very gracious.
My parents were at a fundraiser with Rob Lowe and talked to him but didn’t discuss his career at all.
Guess I need to spend more time in CA :)

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Wendy September 19, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Hey Denise – I remember Benson but not the guy who played the Governor. Ooh, and Rob Lowe…I would have called him Soda Pop!

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