Bright Lights Film Journal

Well, first of all, by then he wasn’t my boyfriend

The setting couldn’t have been more innocuous: Shannen Doherty was being interviewed by Newsweek, hoping to create a little buzz for her new TV show Breaking Up With Shannen Doherty, when she was hit with the question that, subconsciously, all of us dread and, yet, we all know it’s coming: “You tried to run over one of your boyfriends once, didn’t you?”

Naturally, Shannen, who doesn’t take crap from anyone, least of all a pissant reporter from Newsweek, ended the interview immediately. “Any man might do a girl in,” said T.S. Eliot, in one of his less Christian moods. And any girl might run her boyfriend over too. A lot of them, after all, need running over.