October 19th, 2010
11:30 AM ET
“Beverly Hills, 90210” star Shannen Doherty is opening up about learning from her mistakes.
The actress just finished her first book, “Badass: A Hard-Earned Guide to Living Life with Style and (the Right) Attitude," a title she chose because "You can either be a bad girl in life, or you can become a badass," she explained in an interview with Parade.
"It means owning who you are and being compassionate and knowing when you've made a mistake and not repeating it," Doherty added. "And, also not being afraid to kick some ass and take names."
The book "is a little tongue in cheek," Doherty admitted, "But, at the same time, it's very poignant because it's sort of telling the things that I went through and the mistakes that I made when I was in my 20s. I had this amazing career in front of me and because of some things I did, my career really suffered. Thank God that I've had some second chances."
The 39-year-old actress is now trying to drop her notorious reputation.
"I have a rep. Did I earn it? Yeah, I did. But, after awhile you sort of try to shed that rep because you're kind of a different person," she said. "You've evolved and all of the bad things you've done in your life have brought you to a much better place."
While she recognizes her mistakes, Doherty says that by today’s standards she wouldn’t seem like such a bad girl.
“If I was doing the same stuff now, I wouldn't be getting the attention. Like I never did a sex tape. I never didn't wear panties and flash a camera. You sort of stop and go, 'Wow, it's sort of what's acceptable now,'" Doherty said. "And, then, they always have excuses. When I made a mistake, I would admit to it. These girls don't seem to see their own mistakes, much less learn from them."
After her recent spotlight during season 10 of “Dancing with the Stars,” the actress is starring in the new Hallmark movie “Growing the Big One,” which premieres October 23.
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