90210 star Gillian Zinser spills all the details on her new MTV movie, The Truth Below. Here’s what she had to say about everything from being a tomboy to making real friends.

You might know Gillian Zinser as 90210 surfer-chick-turned-teen-bride Ivy, but this month, she’s starring in a new movie called The Truth Below, on MTV (June 16, at 10 PM). In the movie, Gillian and three guy friends (including her crush) get trapped in a car in an avalanche, on a snowboarding trip. Things spiral out of control as they start freaking out and sharing their deepest, darkest secrets. The whole things seems pretty intense (and scary in a very real way), so we sat down with Gillian to get the scoop on her character Jenna, what it’s like to have mostly guy friends, and how well she thinks her friends actually know her.

17: What’s your favorite thing about your character Jenna?

GZ: Jenna is a guy’s girl. She’s a tomboy, but what I found interesting was how protective she is of herself. Underneath all these tough layers, she’s still your average, vulnerable girl with a crush on a boy.

17: In your own life are you more of a guy’s girl or a girl’s girl.

GZ: I grew up not having very many girl friends. Girls tend to be competitive. I actually went to the school Mean Girls was written about, so you can only imagine what my high school experience was like! I was more comfortable with guys growing up, but now I find myself more comfortable in my own skin and open to people, regardless of their gender or popularity or any other label, as a result.

17: This movie is all about letting down your defenses, and figuring out how well you really know your friends. How many of your friends do you think really know you?

GZ: That’s been a pretty relevant theme in my life lately! I moved from DC to NY and then from NY to LA. The most interesting part of my move was the social part. It was kind of a social detox. In NY you’re always around people, but in LA you can go days without seeing anyone. The people in my life are friends I have by choice. I’ve made a conscious effort to have them in life. I only have the time and energy for so many people, which has cut down my friend group to a handful, but I’m so much happier with fewer good people, who really do know me.


After its success with the My Super Psycho Sweet 16 slasher flicks, MTV goes for more psychological tension in its latest original movie, The Truth Below (premiering Sunday, June 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT). Yet the man who helmed it made his name with a stalker opus: Scott Glosserman, who won raves for his debut feature Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon a few years back and spoke exclusively with Fango about his new opus.

Forgoing Mask’s satirical approach, Glosserman aims for screws-tightening suspense with Truth’s study of four young people under pressure. Jenna (90210’s Gillian Zinser), Ethan (Reid Ewing), Dante (Nick Thurston) and Liam (Ricky Mabe) are a college-age quartet heading home from a snowboarding vacation when their car goes off a mountain road and winds up buried in the snow. Unable to free themselves or the vehicle, they decide to play a game in which they share secrets from their pasts, slowly revealing dark sides and threatening each other’s ever-dwindling hopes of survival…

FANG: How about selecting your cast? Was there any particular quality you were looking for during the auditions?
GLOSSERMAN: Before I sort of married myself to particular looks or intricacies or physical movements, I wanted to make sure I cast incredibly intelligent actors, who were confident in their own choices and their own skills. Being in such a confined space, there’s so much emotion in there, and so many things that needed to be conveyed with very little movement. And I also wanted to connect with the MTV audience, which is younger than me—but I knew my cast was going to be a lot more familiar with them. And some of the preconceptions I had about my cast, about my characters, some of the archetypes and most importantly about Gillian’s role, Jenna, got overturned. Gillian and I had some amazing, unbelievable talks about her philosophy, about pop culture, about women and young people and femininity and sexuality. And they informed my directorial decisions as much as I informed hers, and the other actors’.

The cast was spectacular. They were all anxious to do something different. Gillian’s role is completely different from the one she plays on 90210, and she really stepped up to the occasion. Reid Ewing also goes completely against type from what he plays on Modern Family, and I think people will be amazed at his performance. They all brought it; Ricky Mabe has been in the game for a long time, a lot longer than many others, and he brought a real even-keeled, professional quality to the cast. He was a real great anchor for everybody. And Nick Thurston’s a movie star; he’s incredibly charismatic and bright. All of them were so prepared, so professional, so talented, and it just made my life as a director that much easier. The other thing is, we were all friends, we were all a big happy family, especially given that we were in a confined space for such a long time, and we all got along tremendously. That really helped too.


I added in the gallery HD captures from new trailer of Ecstasy movie with Gillian. You can watch the trailer here. I really can’t wait for this to see Gillian in different role on another movie. You also can order your DVD copy.

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MTV will continue its original movie initiative with the June 16 premiere of The Truth Below.

The two-hour thriller stars Gilian Zinser (90210), Reid Ewing (Modern Family), Nick Thurston (Surviving Ophelia) and Ricky Mabe (Zack and Miri Make a Porno) as college friends who learn more than they bargained for about each other after getting trapped under an avalanche returning home from a snowboarding vacation.

“We were immediately drawn to the script for The Truth Below which explores the complex and challenging themes of friendship, sex, death and betrayal through the perspective of characters the same age as the MTV audience,” said Chris Linn executive vice president of programming & head of production in a statement. “The Truth Below is an opportunity to expand our original movie brand beyond horror and comedy and work with an incredibly talented group of young actors. The twists and turns in the plot combined with exceptionally strong performances make this movie a true thriller.”

The Truth Below marks the sixth original movie from MTV since the network launched its new movie initiative in 2009. The previous films include the horror-themed My Super Psycho Sweet 16 and sequel My Super Psycho Sweet 16 Part 2; the dance-tinged Turn The Beat Around, and comedy-based Made The Movie and Worst Prom Ever!


MTV.com before premiere of film The Truth Below, staring Gilian Zinser, Reid Ewing, Ricky Mabe and Nick Thurston posted new videos.

Hear the cast describe their on-screen characters, and get inside scoop on the complicated relationships depicted in the film. Gillian Zinser offers insight into her complicated character, Jenna. The cast and crew dish on the making of the film, and show off how they shot most of the movie from the inside of a car.

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Matt Lanter is ditching the beaches of Beverly Hills for the foggy streets of London in his upcoming psycho-sexual thriller, Liars All – and he tells HollywoodLife.com to expect a side of him you’ve never seen before! Let’s just say the movie involves threesomes, a nasty game of truth or dare, and a pretty good chance of death. Read what Matt tells about another work with Gillian:

And which girl gets to play your love interest?
There’s two. I’m pining after one girl [Gillian Zinser’s Missy] and this other girl is pining after me [Sara Paxton’s Katie.] It’s like this whole web of desire. It always creates tension and drama.

Any hot scenes we should be particularly excited about?
We definitely have some steamy scenes for sure.

With both women at once?
Let me just tell you, it is at once. I was the sandwich there. The way it fits in is really interesting and intelligent. It’s not really done just for the ‘wow’ factor. … It got a little steamy there with me, Sara and Gillian. It was fun. Sarah Paxton is so fun. We’re making out, doing our thing — kissing, rubbing — and the next second, we’re cracking up after a take.

Was it awkward being in the middle of two girls?
Not really. … How does that make me sound? I was like, ‘I’m going to work today and having a threesome.’ Those two girls are so much fun and just kind easy to laugh with. I know Gillian well, and I’ve actually known Sara through some friends. So we all kind of knew each other. We’re all professional, we’ve all done it before. So we’re kind of used to the making out thing.

Speaking of Gillian, were you happy you got to work together outside of 90210?
It was weird at first. I was talking to the producers and was like, ‘You know Gillian and I are on the same show, right? Is that going to be off?’ They were like, ‘No, we’re cool.’ We went with it. It’s great. Again, I play a completely different character from the character I play on 90210. And so does Gillian.


The Cannes Film Festival is a place where high profile movies debut, and many others try to snag international distribution deals. The movies don’t even have to be finished yet. Liars All is showing a sizzle reel to buyers. We were on the set in Los Angeles on Friday as they’re still shooting the movie.

“It happened so fast,” director Brian Brightly said. “In the first 12 days they cut a reel, we sent the publicity pictures over. ID’s [PR] been fantastic so [Cinema Management Group’s] got 16 meetings today with buyers looking at our sizzle reel, which is pretty great. It’s not the movie, it’s just a suggestion of the movie but it’s fun that everybody’s invested in trying to get it out there.”

For all you Cannes buyers, here’s what you’ll see if you take a meeting with CMG’s team. Liars All is a mystery thriller with sexual themes starring Sara Paxton, “The Tudors”’ Torrance Coombs and “90210” stars Matt Lanter and Gillian Zinser. A game leads to a murder, and three different recollections of the event uncover what really happened.

“Some of the sexual things that we’re doing are so foreign to me,” Paxton said. “I find it to be so nerve-wracking. I think that’s really difficult for everybody. Is that just me? I think it’s so awkward and it’s a whole different level of uncomfortable.”

Also a far cry from “90210.” Zinser gets to play a dangerous femme fatale.

“Why don’t you just say a manic depressive on the verge of losing her shit,” Zinser said. “It’s definitely something I haven’t played before. I took this role because of that. It’s probably the most powerful alpha character I’ve ever been able to play. She’s very much the opposite of who I am and who I’ve played thus far so it’s been interesting for sure.”

In the spirit of Cannes, Liars All is a European movie. It’s set in London as American college students go abroad, and Brightly is shooting it like a European movie.

“I was always excited about doing a movie that had sort of the thrills of a Blood Simple but the beauty of a movie like The Dreamers,” Brightly said. “I watched The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and The Dreamers and Amelie and visually just got a template for what I wanted the movie to look like, which is very painterly, fantasy dream as the night begins and then as the reality of the danger comes in, it’s fractured into a much more realistic thriller. So it was fun to sort of have the visual landscape and then pour the story into it.”

So a teen movie with Bertolucci references.

“Actually Brian showed us all a scene from The Dreamers where he wanted us to have the feel of it,” Lanter said. “I was kind of intrigued by the movie. I hadn’t seen it so I actually watched the whole thing. [In] The Dreamers there’s a friendship aspect and in a nonsexual way a threesome aspect to it where they’re kind of friends, two of them are kind of romantic, the other one wants to be and then they end up.”

Oh, and Brightly’s already going for an R rating. There won’t be any nudity, but the plot gets twisted far beyond what they can show on The CW.

“For me [nudity] was less important than communicating that sex is power in this movie,” Brightly said. “So much of it is about the games and the manipulation. The whole movie for me was I’m fascinated by how our perceptions shift and I’m fascinated by the consequence of deceit, the consequence of falsifying. The movie’s all about that. It’s all about this is my version, what’s your version? This is how I remember it. How do you remember it? This is what I’d like to be saying but this is what I’m actually doing. Those kind of things.”


Matt Lanter, Gillian Zinser, Torrance Coombs and Sara Paxton will star in the psychological thriller Liars All, written and directed by Brian Brightly. The indie production is scheduled to begin filming Monday in L.A.

Alice Evans, Tiffany Mulheron and Randy Wayne also appear in the story of a group of friends celebrating New Year’s Eve in London by playing a provocative game that ultimately gets terribly out of control.

Jeffrey Allard of Indie Entertainment is producing along with Joey Carey of Sundial Pictures. Stefan Nowicki of Sundial, Alex Sagalchik of Mott Street Pictures and Kevin Iwashina and Ross Dinerstein of Preferred Content are serving as executive producers.

Preferred Content will handle North American sales of the film, while Cinema Management Group will shepherd foreign sales at Cannes.

Repped by WME and Emerald Talent Group, Lanter has appeared recently in The Roommate, Vampires Suck and Sorority Row. He is also a regular on the CW series 90210.
Repped by Suskin Management, Zinser is a regular on 90210.

Coombs, who is repped by D2 Management, appeared in a recurring role on the Showtime series The Tudors.

Repped by UTA and Stein Entertainment Group, Paxton has recently appeared in the films The Innkeepers, The Last House on the Left and Superhero Movie.


I added the new promotional picture for a new movie with Gillian “The Truth Below”.

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Taryn Manning (“Sons of Anarchy”) and Gillian Zinser (“90210”) join the massive Manson Girls cast also including Bill Moseley as “Charles Manson,” along with Eric Balfour (Skyline, Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Tania Raymonde (“Lost”), Brit Morgan (“True Blood”), Jennifer Landon, Chad Faust, Heather Matarazzo (Hostel: Part II), Michael Monks, Laura Harring (The Caller, One Missed Call, The Punisher), Patti D’Arbanville (“Rescue Me,” “Nip/Tuck”), Estella Warren (Planet of the Apes, The Cooler), Monica Keena (Freddy vs Jason, Night of the Demons), and Stella Maeve (“My Super Psycho Sweet 16: Part 2”).

The pic follows a young girl from a wealthy Malibu family who fell under Manson’s spell. She was not one the “Family” members involved in the clan’s infamous murder spree, but Pitman was later imprisoned after she became involved with the Aryan Brotherhood and was convicted of being an accessory (after the fact) to murder.

Susanna Lo is said to finally be getting behind the camera this coming April in Los Angeles.


Is claustrophobia not your thing? How about untrustworthy friends? Either way, you should probably check out the trailer for Behind The Mask director Scott Glosserman’s avalanche film The Truth Below.

Premieres this summer on MTV, the film follows four friends whose jeep is snowed under an avalanche following a wreck. Glosserman made an incredible debut with Behind The Mask, and while it may initially seem disappointing his follow-up is a film made for MTV broadcast, remember that the signal’s Jacob Gentry turned out the solid and very fun My Super Psycho Sweet 16 films in the same format.

Glosserman looks to be putting his talent to use here as the second half of the trailer highlights some good close quarters fear and paranoia. The Truth Below stars Gilian Zinser, Reid Ewing, Ricky Mabe and Nick Thurston. You can watch the trailer and also check captures from it.

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I added the new promotional pictures, press stills and poster for a new movie with Gillian “The Truth Below”.

A fun Spring break snowboarding trip soon turns into a terrifying journey as a group of four friends; Jenna (Gilian Zinser), Ethan (Reid Ewing), Liam (Ricky Mabe) and Dante (Nick Thurston), begin to make their way home from the mountain. When unpredictable weather forces their car to spin off the road, all four become trapped in the vehicle, buried by an avalanche.

Without any sign of rescue, the group decides to spend their last moments confessing deep secrets, only to reveal disturbing and unsettling pasts – which test and call into question their own friendships. As tension builds and air supply declines, the game soon turns deadly as they discover they not only have to survive the accident, but also each other. One question remains– How well do you know your friends?

The Truth Below premieres this summer!

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