MTV just aired the latest edition of When I Was 17, an opportunity to discover what some of our favorite pop stars were doing when they were just shy of being legal. This go around, Jordan Knight (right) of New Kids on the Block fame, 90210 actor Tristan Wilds, and Nikita actor Shane West all confessed their teen sins and embarrassments. Check out the highlights below.
Jordan Knight (17 from 1987-88)
Hi hair – “My hair was kind of short on the side, big on the top,” Knight explained. “But I had, like, a rat tail.” “I remember the day he cut it off my mother kept it,” his brother Jonathon recalls. “So it’s sitting around in a box somewhere. “
Cheaters prosper? – As a senior in high school and burgeoning pop star, Knight didn’t have the time to do homework and almost didn’t graduate. Thank goodness a classmate gave him her science report. He then re-typed it in an attempt to make it more authentic. “I passed it in that Monday morning,” Knight remembers. “The teacher’s like, ‘Jordan Knight… congratulations. You have graduated high school.’” Victory, and a diploma, was his.
Favorite album: Al B. Sure!’s In Effect Mode
Favorite movie: Coming to America
Random: “I was a ping-pong fiend.”
Shane West (17 from 1995-96)
Prom memory – After a fun prom with his date, West finally had an opening out on the balcony to plant a kiss on her. “I thought this is the moment to make a move with her and try to get this first kiss with her,” West started. “ I was very nervous. I remember making the move. I don’t know how. And… she turned away. She said she wasn’t feeling well.” “I’m sure that was just a line,” his sister followed. “ I think she was just trying to be polite.” Sheesh. Thanks, sis.
Favorite album: Green Day’s Dookie
Favorite show: Friends
Tristan Wilds (17 from 2006-07)
Prom memory – Because he found just a week before prom that he’d be off from his gig as a drug-trafficking teen on HBO’s The Wire and able to go, he didn’t have a date.
His dad took him to a shop in Brooklyn, NY to find a tuxedo. “I came out of there with a beige and yellow suit,” Wilds said laughing. “I had a cane and some big beige hat. It was a pimp suit more than a tux.”
When it came time to take pictures with his friends—who all had dates—he stuck out like a sore, um, pimp. “The funny thing is there’s a picture out there and all of my friends are with their dates and I’m standing at the end,” Tristan said. “It looks like a pimp lending out his girls for the night. That picture’s amazing.”
Favorite album: Chris Brown’s self-titled debut
Favorite movie: 300
If you missed the show, you can catch it after the jump.
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