Jennie Garth: I Almost Quit Acting After Amanda Bynes Sitcom

Celebrity News Nov. 5, 2012 AT 6:00PM
Jennie Garth arrives at ELLE's Women In Hollywood Celebration on October 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. Jennie Garth arrives at ELLE's Women In Hollywood Celebration on October 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty

Jennie Garth is too legit to quit -- but she almost did anyway.

Sitting down to chat with Survivor host Jeff Probst for his new talk show, the Eleventh Victim star revealed that there was a time, after she wrapped up the TV series What I Like About You with Amanda Bynes, when she considered never acting again.

"I forgot that I actually like what I do," Garth, 40, explained. "I thought that I was done as an actress [after the sitcom]. I really thought that I was retiring and I didn't want to do it anymore. And now I'm doing it again, and I really enjoy it."

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Her former co-star, the 26-year-old Bynes, is another story. Though the self-proclaimed "retired multi-millionaire" recently told Us Weekly she's doing fine, reports of her multiple driving-related arrests are concerning to family and friends -- among them, Garth.

"I haven't talked to her," the former Beverly Hills, 90210 actress told Probst. "I've tried. She's like a little sister to me, so I would love to wrap my arms around her right now. But I haven't been able to reach her."

In any case, Garth has her hands full with three girls of her own: Luca, 15, Lola, 9, and Fiona, 5, her daughters with estranged husband Peter Facinelli. (Garth and the Twilight Saga star, 38, announced their separation after 11 years of marriage in January.)

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And then, of course, there's her newly active love life.

"I always said when I was married that I would rather lick the bottom of my shoe than go on a date," the actress said, adding that she has had trouble finding people to take her out. ("There's a guy on my Instagram who wants me to marry him, but I don't know him," she joked.)

In fact, the blonde beauty has had no shortage of suitors since announcing her split with Facinelli. In recent months, she's been spotted out with HGTV star Antonio Ballatore, photographer Noah Abrams, and Jason Clark, a managing director at Jones Lang LaSalle in Los Angeles. But there's no one special right now, she told Probst.

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"I have no personal life," she insisted. "The minute I think I'm ready to start dating, I realize, 'Oh no, [I'm] not.' I get in my own way...I just don't know how to date."

When she does date, though, she has some very specific requirements. Her ideal guy? A tall, funny, financially stable bad boy who's open to getting tattoos. (Hello, Dylan McKay!)

"I only like guys that are not nice," Garth told Probst. "What is wrong with us girls? It's not that I want somebody to treat me badly. I want somebody who looks like they could treat me badly but then really treats me good."

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