Ian Ziering On Acting, Parenting, and the Pursuit of Happiness
Most 90s kids probably have fond memories of sitting down to watch Beverly Hills, 90210, maybe alone, maybe with their parents so afterward they could discuss the important issues the episode covered. Either way, the show was a prominent part of the 90s, and Jasmin Terrany of Jasmin Balance got to sit down with Ian Ziering, who played Steve Sanders (you remember him, right? Wild, crazy, party boy Steve Sanders?), to discuss his career, his marriage, and his life as a devoted father.
Born to two loving parents in West Orange, New Jersey, Ian was incredibly lucky when it came to family. But, as he explains in his interview with Jasmin, his school years were difficult. In first grade it was discovered that he was dyslexic, which by no means made him feel dumb – just a little inadequate. When it was his turn to read, he’d turn to cutting up instead, giving him the title of class clown.
Fortunately, Ian excelled at music and art, which is exactly what pushed him into becoming a performer. “I auditioned for school plays and community theater and was getting the leads,” he told Jasmin. “It propelled me to do more and more, and it encouraged me to go out and take bigger risks.”
While discussing the importance of good parenting, Ian explained how much it meant to him to have parents who were so devoted to helping him succeed without pushing him too hard. “They never berated me to get good grades,” he said. “They just insisted that I do the best I can, which pushed me in the direction to do things that would make my parents proud.”
By the time Ian was 14, he had made appearances in nearly 35 national television commercials, but he was hungry for even more work. In college he took two spring semesters off from college to travel to California and audition for pilot shows. Finding no luck in the big entertainment helm that is Hollywood, he eventually snagged a small role in a soap opera in New York.
Flash forward a year and half without any real employment and not a whole lot of income coming in, Ian found himself part of the class of Beverly Hills. “I loved being able to work every day with great people, playing Steve Sanders,” he explained to Jasmin. “Each day I opened up the script, excited, wondering what Steve was going to do next. It was like a jungle gym to play on.”
It was during his time on Beverly Hills, 90210 that he met his first wife. But it was during this rocky marriage that he learned some truly important lessons about love. “If I pick a girl based solely on my wants, it’s going to be shallow and insubstantial,” he stated. “Identify your needs and wants, and understand you can’t compromise on your needs, but you’ll have to compromise on your wants.” After two years of couple counseling, it was decided that the two were just looking for completely different things.
Ian realized he needed someone who came from the same familial background – loving, nurturing, and supportive – which he finally found in his wife Erin. “Love is in full bloom at my home,” he said. “I have two little girls and a supportive, intelligent wife.”
Because of his wonderful upbringing, Ian has been able to provide so much love and support for his family. Nicely tying his interview with Jasmin together, he ended by saying, “If I had one word to describe myself, it’d be blessed. I’m a very lucky guy.”
You can watch the full interview at Jasmin Balance to hear more about Ian’s career and family as well as the hilarious stunt he pulled to secure the role of party boy Steve Sanders.
*This is a sponsored post written by Jasmin Balance.