Tiffani Thiessen fights 'Pandemic' in new movie

By The Associated Press / May 23, 2007 / Source

LOS ANGELES: Tiffani Thiessen always looked good as one of the fashionable residents of "Beverly Hills 90210." She could have used some of that cool clothing on the set of her latest movie.

The actress got her fill of what she called "horrible, horrible" hazardous materials suits while filming "Pandemic," airing Saturday on the Hallmark Channel.

Thiessen plays a doctor who leads a team from the Centers for Disease Control that is trying to stop the spread of an avian flu-like virus. The CDC team rushes to locate a vaccine that can be given to residents of Los Angeles as the city is quarantined after thousands of people are infected.

"Our world is changing every day," Thiessen said. "We're living in a time where there seems to be danger all around us. Even though I may see the film as a way to entertain people for a few hours, it certainly may make people think, which is always a good thing."

Thiessen, who co-starred in the recently canceled ABC series "What About Brian," filmed many of her scenes at Los Angeles International Airport decked out in full hazmat gear.

"The first day that we had to be in those suits we were at LAX on the tarmac during a 110-degree summer day," she said. "I drank water all day and, weirdly enough, didn't have to go to the bathroom once because I was sweating out every ounce of water that I took into my body. It was a pretty miserable day."

"Pandemic" also stars French Stewart, Eric Roberts, Vincent Spano and Faye Dunaway as the governor of California.