Leah Remini explains why she was ‘petrified’ to be on ‘Saved by the Bell’
Leah Remini has had an excellent career, starring in both sitcoms and films. But it's her role on Saved by the Bell that people remember most.
“For a very long time in my career people said, 'I loved you on Saved by the Bell'”. Podcast.
"I've done 207 episodes of 'The King of Queens' and people say,' Yeah, yeah, yeah, 'King of Queens' but' Saved by the Bell '‘ "
Remini, left, played feisty New York transplant Stacey Corosi, who eventually fell in love with Gosselaar's Zack. (NBC)
In six episodes, Remini played Stacey Carosi, Zack's tough boss at the Malibu Sands Beach Club, who eventually goes out with him. She says there is an "80/20" ratio of people who want to talk to her about her "SBTB" role versus "The King of Queens".
"It's wonderful. And I'm so glad I did," she said.
Renini, 51, said she was afraid to join the show and be on par with the cast.
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“I was petrified. I was like, 'Oh, I'm not going to be that kid's type. Will he be disappointed that they cast me?” She said.
“Tiffani-Amber Thiessen is so beautiful. For me she was like "The Little Mermaid". And I was just impressed with her face. Awe of her face! Every day when I showed up I thought, 'Aggghhh! She is a little mermaid. She's a little mermaid. ”I felt like a fat cow there. I just felt old and not pretty. Every time I put this skirt on I thought, 'Oh my god. I look so stupid. ‘I was hinted at by you."
However, Gosselaar said he and Remini definitely had a connection - one that was even stronger than the bond between him and Thiessen, who played his love interest throughout the show.
"There's an undeniable chemistry between you and me," he said.
"Those are real kisses," he added. “Because Tiffani and I have never kissed like in these six episodes. In my opinion, there isn't a single person Zack comes into contact with who has the chemistry that you and I had. "
Related: Leanna Creel shared her memories of playing Tori Scott on "Saved by the Bell" in an interview with TODAY.
Remini said her appearance in classic '90s comedy opened doors for her, particularly because she came from a family that followed Scientology.
"We were in a sect back then and my mother and stepfather weren't big on things," she said.
“It was important to them to pay for the cult. And so all her money went for it and I started and I see you all, I remember going into Tiffani's apartment for the first time ... I was like, 'Oh my god. That's how the rich live. ”I saw a whole new world, didn't I? Because it was just like my second or third job when I was doing 'Saved by the Bell'. "
"Coming from the world I come from, I'm just exposed to a new world, a new group of people, because all of my friends have been to Scientology and I meet the successful ones, so I could have been mentally." Probably the same way of being young and feeling like 'oh', feeling myself, ”she added. "Even though I was 21, I was still a bit behind in life."
She said being on the show increased her need to adjust:
"Here are these cool kids that work and make money and do their own thing, kind of, and I get in and I think every girl wants to be wanted, I think, in general, so I was just like" going to that little hit wait, “she said.
Her upbringing in Scientology also played a large role in her self-awareness.
"I was a little embarrassed to say that we were not Catholic, Christian, or Jewish," she said. “I wasn't normal and I wanted to be normal. I always just wanted to be a normal person. "
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