AnnaLynne McCord on 90210's Naomi Clark: 'She's the bitch with soul!'
AnnaLynne McCord’s two most famous characters—90210‘s Naomi Clark and Nip/Tuck‘s Eden Lord—have a lot in common: They’re big ol’ B-I-T-C-H-E-S. Naomi, who has been scheming her way around West Beverly High more deliciously than ever this season, is so much the bitch that she recently made EW’s list of Best TV Bitches, which is on newsstands right now. Making the list, which got some expanded treatment here on EW.com, is truly no small feat, as she’s there alongside such awesome TV personalities as Vanessa Williams’ Wilhelmina Slater from Ugly Betty and Ian Somerhalder’s vampire Damon from The Vampire Diaries.
But with two nasty roles under her belt, does she worry about being typecast? “Initially, it was something that concerned me,” the always-brassy McCord told EW. “But I’ve always wanted to play the tough girl.” McCord cites bad-ass chicks like Sharon Stone and Angelina Jolie as actresses whose careers she’d like to have. But really, what calms her nerves about the bitch wrap she’s got is her knowledge about her 90210 character Naomi’s true nature: “Naomi is the bitch with the ever-emerging heart,” she explains. “She’s the bitch with soul! She does have the edge, but at the end of the day, she’s the most loyal friend you’ll have—as long as you don’t screw her.”
But screw her is exactly what Naomi’s sister Jen (Sara Foster, pictured at right above with McCord’s Naomi) did to her—by, specifically, screwing her boyfriend Liam at the end of last season. 90210 viewers have been dying for the eventual showdown between the two bitches, a wait that has extended throughout the whole season as Naomi has been blaming the encounter on her former friend Annie instead.
As McCord explains, we might be surprised at what transpires between the two. “It was supposed to be this full-out crazy brawl,” she says. “And I don’t know if it’s disappointing, but it might be where you see another side of Naomi, too, where she’s not that fiery, crazy explosion that you expect. She was really, really hurt by what Jen did. Sarah [Foster] and I were talking about it because Sarah was ready to have it out, and I was definitely ready to pull that girl’s hair out who’s playing that evil sister of mine!” But it didn’t happen like that: “What it kind of set up was Liam, instead, really having to work to fix this. Honestly, I was a little disappointed! I was disappointed because I want that righteous indignation, you know? Yeah!”
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