Once known for late-night partying and erratic behaviour, Shannen Doherty, 29, has left her dark Beverly Hills 90210 days behind. Now she plays a witch in Network Ten's hit series, Charmed, and says she's a totally different person.
"I have learnt so much about who I am and what i want, so in a strange way I'm glad I went through it. I think it made me a stronger and better person."
While on 90210, she was briefly married to Ashley Hamilton, and last year she was engaged to director Rob Weiss, but now she's single again. Another thing that's been left behind is the show that made her famous. "Leaving 90210 was the best thing I ever did," she says.
"I don't care how stunning you are, everybody is insecure about their looks," says Shannen. "But I'm getting more secure. And I'm not obsessed with the outer shell. I knew that there people who didn't think i was attractive, and maybe that bothered me before, but now I don't care. My eyes aren't perfectly even and I used to have really bad buck teeth. But I think I've grown into my face more, which I'm really happy about."
According to Lucienne Zammit, make-up artist Cloutier Agency in LA, Shannen can look great without much make-up. To Shannen's bone-china complexion, Lucienne applies translucent powder or a light coat of Stila Complete Coverage Foundation. The she creates a natural look with Prescriptives Softlining Pencil eyeliner in Cocoa, Stila Ebony with Monlight eyeshadow and Lorac Amethyst lip gloss.
Laurent D of Privé Salon in LA shaped Shannen's new hairdo, a chic layered bob with a long fringe. He uses his De Frizz Relaxing Balm to keep her hair from getting "poufy". After blow-drying, he adds drops of Laminateur for shine.
On Charmed, Shannen is outfitted by costume designer Molly Harris Campbell.
By day, she's in Katayone Adeli or Bette Paige tops, dresses by Betsey Johnson or Mark Wong Nark, and high-helled sandals.
Does Shannen have any fashion tips?
"No," she says. "Although I'm not a huge fan of tight, short skirts that show your butt."
Shannen would be the first to admit that her diet is very unhealthy. A fan of greasy food, for breakfast she typically carbo-loads on banana hotcakes at Duke's in West Hollywood. Lunch might be hot chips, coffee and lots of cigarettes.
"I feel bad that I smoke," says Shannen, who used to campaign against smoking as a teenager. She drinks, too, but in moderation these days.
"I'll have a glass of red wine at dinner, but that's it. You won't see me out at a bar getting wasted any more."
Shannen mey eat whatever she likes but she works it off in the gym. She does about 1250 abdominal crunches a week and aerobics every other day. And, she claims, everything about her is natural. "And it's absolutely nobody's business but my own," she says.
She has three horses, Louisito, Samourzakam and Alberro. "Riding is a total escape," she says. "It's calming, but it's also my passion. Some people meditate - i ride horses."