Even in Hollywood where celebrity bashing is a standard practice, Tori Spelling has endured more than her share of mockery.
But among one set of fans, the former Beverly Hills, 90210 star is adored.
Gay men, it seems, can’t get enough of Tori Spelling, and she hopes to make them happy in the romantic comedy Kiss The Bride, her new movie debuting tomorrow in major U.S. cities.
“I’m a huge fan of gays," Spelling said. “They love me; I love them. They consider me kind of a gay icon, which they’ve labeled me as.”
Spelling began acting as a child on shows such as The Love Boat and Fantasy Island, which were produced by her famous father Aaron Spelling. But it was in the role of kindhearted teen Donna Martin on 90210 that Spelling gained her own measure of fame and earned a fan base.
For years, popular wisdom had it that the only reason she was hired for 90210 was because her dad’s company was behind the show, but she has proven adept not only at acting but also writing a memoir and being a mom.
In other words, Tori Spelling is no daddy’s girl. But she is beloved by many gay men, and the gay theme “was probably one of the top things that made me want to do the movie,” she said about Kiss The Bride.
Spelling plays the fiancee of a boy named Ryan, who had a homosexual fling with a friend in high school.
Spelling also has found other ways to embrace her gay fans — including being an advocate for same-sex unions.
Last year, she became an ordained minister after two male fans asked her to officiate at the wedding they held at the Fallbrook, Calif., bed and breakfast she ran with her husband, actor Dean McDermott.
“They said ‘We have this idea. We want you to perform the ceremony ... we’re huge fans, it would be so cool if Tori Spelling married us,’ ” Spelling said. “I haven’t done any since ... but I’m open. I’m free, my schedule is wide open.”
Spelling was joking about having lots of free time.