I'm just gonna come right out and say this: Joe E. Tata, aka Nat from the Peach Pit on 90210, kissed me. Twice. They were both just pecks on the cheek, but that doesn't change the facts: That Nat, he's a kisser.
At the time of the kisses, Tata was presiding over a Peach Pit-themed breakfast to promote the 90210 spinoff at the TCA press tour. Besides his more romantic inclinations, Tata also chatted with me a bit about his return to the Zip code that made him famous. Here are some highlights:
What was it like getting the call saying, "We're bringing 90210 back, and we want Nat"?
I was on the ceiling. First of all, when I heard that — they always said, "We're gonna do a movie." Well, eight years went by, and I'm still waiting for the movie! Where's this movie?
What have you been doing for the past eight years?
I went to Europe, did a couple of films there. I was so glad to come home.
There was a rumor seven or eight years ago that you were going to open up a string of Peach Pit restaurants. What happened there?
We had a giant, big attorney. It took too long. . . . We had the plans and everything done, and then, the attorneys!
To see what Tata had to say about the new cast, just
How much of the new cast have you met so far, and do any of them remind you of the original cast?
I met four or five people, and they're all different. There's a couple of devils in there, I like that much. They're going to be fun.
There isn't a whole lot of precedent for a show being completely recast and brought back from the dead like this. is that a gamble?
I would think so. But then again, it's up to the stories, and it's up to if [people] like and connect with the cast. That was the whole thing on our show — we had good words, and they liked the characters, every one of them.
Are you a good cook in real life?
You bet your ass.