"I've gotten nothing, but positive feedback," Donovan tells us of the reaction he got to the storyline. "It eerily coincides with what's going on in the nation and in the media right now, which led to the PSA I did for "It Gets Better." The tweets and the Facebook messages that I've received have been tear-jerking, heartwarming stories."
Donovan is proud to not only be playing the role in a time when we're hyperaware that anti-gay bullying can have deadly consequences, but also he's happy that the storyline is reaching kids in small towns who may not have any gay role models to turn to as they're struggling with their own sexuality.
In the upcoming November 1 episode, the West Bev kids throw a hilarious event called "The Undies," a celebration of underachievement. And Teddy's gay one-night-stand, Ian (played by
Kyle Riabko), is hosting the festivities. Donovan tells us that we'll see his character bring his guard down a bit -- if only for a fleeting moment.
"Teddy's watching [Ian] kind of hold court on-stage," he says. "And you see him kind of soften and kind of find a little respect. And then he holds back and runs out. But, you see him start to break a little bit."
"90210" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.
Watch Trevor Donovan's video for the "It Gets Better" campaign below: