Taking part in the 19th episode of the Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth iHeartRadio podcast, “90210MG,” “The Young and the Restless” actress Sharon Case (Sharon Newman) not only talks about her experience playing two different roles on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” and working opposite “Friends” star Matthew Perry in one of them, but she also revealed that she’s been dating “Y&R” co-star Mark Grossman (Adam Newman) in real-life and that the two have been quarantining together.
In the episode aptly titled “The One with Matthew Perry” (aka: S1, E19 “April Is the Cruelest Month”), Case joins Spelling and Garth virtually at the 22-minute mark from the “Y&R” studio. Although not on set at the time, it’s discussed that Case is using a backdrop of Victor Newman’s office which included a snap of the show’s patriarch. At the outset, the three discuss how Case was booked for a role on “90210” but didn’t film with the core cast the first time but actually ended up playing a whole different character opposite Perry. In her second appearance, she played opposite Ian Ziering‘s Steve Sanders.
Later in the podcast, Case noted that the cast of “Y&R” had been responsible for their own wardrobe when the show first returned to production last July — that is no longer the case as they are now getting dressed by the wardrobe department once again. Case went on to explain how touching and kissing scenes weren’t possible unless scene partners were romantically involved in real-life, and it’s there where we learn that she has been quarantining with Grossman and that the two are officially dating.
“We’re still not allowed to touch or kiss. We have to stand six feet apart. But if you are acting in a storyline with somebody who you in real-life quarantine with, which is the case with me, we can touch or kiss.” She added, “We have a couple of people on the show that can touch or kiss. It doesn’t mean we’re in a storyline together but we could be.”
When pressed by Garth on whether that means she is publicly dating one of her co-stars, Case says of her relationship with Grossman, “We’ve never really talked about it so bluntly. I guess the reason why we finally mentioned it to the studio is just so that we wouldn’t have to distance if in case the show wanted to write us in scenes together. At least there would be some people that you would see on screen not having to distance all of the time.” Case noted that the show was receiving complaints from fans about how far apart characters appeared on-screen. Earlier, she mentioned that she was hearing the show might be shortening the distance between actors from six feet to three which might placate those complaints.
For more on Case’s interview on the “90210MG” podcast, including how she remembers kissing Perry in their episode together but when re-watching the episode recently she saw there was no kissing, among other topics, click the play button above or visit the podcast’s iHeartRadio website.