To celebrate the launch of the new Dove VisibleCare Crème Body Wash, the brand wants to award the opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to show off your fancy footwork on the season finale of "Dancing With the Stars." Garth is stepping in as a mentor to the winner of the Dove Close-Up Challenge.
StyleList caught up with the blond beauty on the set of the Dove VisibleCare commercial that will help launch the contest during this year's Oscars telecast Feb. 27. During a touch-up in hair and makeup, the "90210" star chatted about the contest, her honest to goodness love for body washes and who she'd like to see pick up an Academy Award.
StyleList: How do you feel about mentoring the contest winner for "Dancing With the Stars"?
Jennie Garth: I think I'll be helping them get ready in some capacity, which is so exciting. I know that this will be so much fun for somebody. Every woman I've met has said, "I wish I could do 'Dancing with the Stars' -- it looks so amazing. I've always wanted to do that." So I'm really excited to help give someone that opportunity.
StyleList: When you did the show, what was one piece of advice that your professional dance partner gave you?
J.G.: With me, it was always overcoming my nerves and shyness. I'm not a performer in that sense, so he was always telling me to keep my eyes up and really engage with the audience.
StyleList: Contestants have to create a video to be eligible to win. So you have any pointers that might help them stand out?
J.G.: I would say if I were making a video, I would probably talk about how I would like to try the Dove VisibleCare products because I know that I've had dry skin in the past and this is like a godsend to have a product that I can use in the shower that's actually going to save me a step after the shower. It's a really helpful product. I think they're probably looking for someone with a great, fun energy about them.
StyleList: How can someone prepare for the dance training, which can be grueling, for a "DWTS" performance?
J.G.: Stretching is a good thing to do every day, whether you're going to be on "Dancing With the Stars" or not!
J.G.: I've always been really good to my skin, but there's a million products out there and sorting through and finding the right one is really hard to do. I do take advice from campaigns like this and advertisements -- I really do look to those. I know this product is good because I've tried it and it does work. I used to use a product that Dove doesn't make anymore that was an in-shower moisturizer. They stopped making it and now this product is like the answer to my prayers because I was so sad when you couldn't buy the other one anymore. Now this one is like washing and moisturizing all in one, so it's good.
StyleList: When you were on "DWTS," you were prone to having to apply a lot of makeup and product for your performances. How did you care for your skin when it was under so much stress?
J.G.: A lot of exfoliating, a lot of body wash scrubs -- that kind of a thing. Getting the fake tan off was basically my goal every night!
StyleList: Since this commercial is premiering during the Oscars, is there anyone who you're rooting for to pick up an award this year?
J.G.: Probably James Franco because my manager represents him -- that would be great. Keep it in the family. I haven't seen any of the movies. That's sad and pathetic but my husband has been gone for a really long time so I have no one to take me to the movies. I need to get some screeners. Anybody out there, send me your Academy screeners!