Where are they now? Tiffani Interview (August 24, 2012)
From August 20, 1989-May 22, 1993, our Saturday mornings were centered around one thing: Saved by the Bell. In the almost 20 (!) years since Zack, Kelly, Slater, and the rest of the gang went off to college, we've been paying homage through re-runs (and slightly better style). Now, let's take a look at where the cast is now, plus an exclusive interview with Kelly Kapowski herself—Tiffani Thiessen—about her favorite episodes and more!
Glamour: Why the decision to drop the Amber in your professional name?
Tiffani Thiessen: It was an agent's suggestion a long time ago when I was in my early 20s. I think I was just going on to 90210, and she said 'You know, I think it's time to drop it,' and I said 'OK. Whatever you say.' It wasn't anything [big]. I think people thought a lot more thought had been put into it and it hadn't. It's still on my driver's license!
OK, time to talk Saved by the Bell! Do you ever catch episodes now in syndication?
Tiffani: [laughs] I don't. Every now and then, since they play them on Saturday mornings and I'm going through the channels to have Harper watch Sesame Street in the morning, I'll pass by it. I'll stop on it occasionally to see if she remotely recognizes her mother, but she hasn't. As a 2-year-old, she wants it right now and right that second. So it never stays on the show for more than a couple seconds. I haven't really sat down and watched it in ages.
What was your favorite episode?
Tiffani: Oh, wow. Vegas was probably the most fun. I think it was the last episode that we did, and it was kind of tying up the whole Saturday morning portion of the show. That was really fun, and it was kind of our last hurrah. We were all adults at that point and that was definitely one of the favorites for sure.
Who were you closest to back then?
Tiffani: It was all of them, really. I've stayed really close to Mark-Paul, and Elizabeth, I talk to all the time now. She emails me parenting questions, since she's in the beginning stages of being a mom. I'm closest to the two of them in my adult years, but I was close with everybody when we were younger.
Where would Kelly be now?
Tiffani: Oh gosh, there is always the joke that I say that Kelly is married with like, nine children! [laughs] I don't know. I would be kind of a sucker to say that I hope Zach and Kelly are happily married with kids and live a very white-picket fence life. That's the TV dream!
You said at times it felt like you and Mark-Paul were Barbie and Ken. How so? You also said he was like a brother. So, you never dated?
Tiffani: Well, you know what's so funny is that Mark-Paul and I started the show when were around 15 years old, and you don't really date until you're in your later teens. Mark-Paul and I spent a ton of time together, so I think that's where he's coming with that. And we were. We were like two peas in a pod, traveling all over Europe, and traveling all throughout the United States and doing autograph signings. It was intimate because we were 16 and literally going from one place to the next place. A lot of times our parents weren't there, and we'd have a little chaperone woman who came with us. Sometimes his mom did come with us. It was an intimate relationship in that we knew each other so well, but it was more of a brother and sister relationship. The word intimacy sounds completely wrong to describe that, but we knew each other so well and traveled the world together. I mean, the first time we had a glass of wine was together. We went to Europe for the first time together. So it's like that. We had a huge bond because we had a lot of firsts together.