Dishing with Beverly Hills 90210′s Charlie Weber

The second go-round of Beverly Hills 90210 (a.k.a. 90210) is set to wrap up on The CW in May after five seasons. Among the show’s last new characters is Mark Holland, an LA gourmet food truck driver played by Charlie Weber.

Weber dropped into the show February 11 as the half-brother of Naomi (Annalynne McCord) and makes his third episode appearance tonight in “Life’s a Beach.” The actor best known for his recurring role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer is set for two more episodes after tonight and is also currently being talked up by his fans as a perfect choice for the role of Christian Grey in Hollywood’s adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey. The 34-year-old Jefferson City, Missouri native recently took time out to answer a few questions from FishbowlLA.

What is your favorite thing about living in Los Angeles?

The beaches are the best. When I first moved out here, I had never surfed before. But a buddy of mine got me into it and I’ve been surfing ever since.

What was some key advice you received about making it in show business and surviving the pressures of Hollywood?

The most important thing I’ve learned in this business is to be patient. Everything isn’t going to happen all at once and it’s important to always be yourself. Once you let yourself grow and work hard then your career will grow.

What is one of your funnier early-career experiences?

When I was in New York, I did a few modeling gigs. I ended up doing this ad and it was in Vanity Fair. It raised a lot of people’s eyebrows, but I thought it was funny. The ad ended up being me and a girl both naked on top of an elephant. It was a different experience and I enjoyed being part of it.

What is the oddest public place you have been asked for a picture or autograph?

When I was in Toronto recently I went to the Canadian National Exhibition, which is Canada’s largest annual fair. I was getting on this ride called The Zipper, where they lock you in a cage and whip you up and down. As I was getting locked into this cage, the guy next to me recognized me and asked to take a picture with me. It was funny considering we were both locked in a cage at the time. We obviously had to wait until after the ride was over to take the photo.

What have you learned from your experiences on Twitter @TheCharlieWeber?

I love that fans can really connect and interact with you on a level other than a television screen. I also learned that apparently a lot of people think about me when they read 50 Shades of Grey.

[Photo credit: Gabriel Goldberg]