That ’70s Show made it debut during the late ’90s, and it would thrive during the early part of the 2000s.
Today, a lot of the cast looks unrecognizable, though fans can rejoice knowing a lot of them are set to reappear on the small-screen for That ’90s Show.
However, in the following, we’ll take a look back at the emotional send-off that took place during the That ’70s Show finale. Fan theories aside on what happened with Eric and Donna, we’ll take a look at how Laura Prepon’s emotions caused a delay in the shoot.
In addition, we’ll take a look at how the actress felt, taking a look at the rebooted set.
Laura Prepon Was ‘Donna-Like’ From The Moment She Walked In The Audition Room
The first episode of That ’70s Show premiered in late-August of 1998. It instantly became something special, given how different the show was, and that included the cast as well.
What made things that much more special, was the fact that most weren’t established at the point – heck, Topher Grace, the lead in the series was spotted at a play and had no prior acting experience.
As for Laura Prepon, she was quite “green” as well at the time, though she recalls nailing her audition.
Looking back at her tryout for the show, Prepon claims the end of her audition really ensured she was going to get the role of Donna on the series.
“One of the things that’s really funny is later after I got on the show, I had said to our creators, Bonnie and Terri Turner, ‘What was the thing that made you know that I was Donna?'” she recalls.
“They said, ‘First of all, when you came in, you just were Donna. You were Donna Pinciotti; you were perfect for her.’ And at the end of the audition, I looked at them and I said, ‘We good?’ And I put my hands on the table and I pushed off like a total tomboy. It was just how I got up from my table. They said that sealed the deal.”
The series thrived for eight seasons and 200 episodes, however, shooting the finale was not easy on the cast, especially for Laura Prepon…
The Finale Was Extremely Emotional For Laura Prepon To Handle And It Caused Delays
Saying goodbye is never easy, especially when working on a certain series becomes a norm.
That has been the case with so many sitcom stars – Kaley Cuoco is a recent example, as the actress was in shock when Jim Parsons decided to end The Big Bang Theory. The decision was a tough one and final table read wasn’t any easier, as the cast had a hard time getting over the lines.
The same held true years prior in 2006 for Laura Prepon during the That ’70s Show finale. According to IMDb, delays took place during the last episode due to how emotional the actress got, realizing the series was coming to an end.
“The filming of the final episode, “That ’70s Finale”, was frequently delayed because Laura Prepon (Donna) couldn’t stop crying. She had become extremely emotional as the realization that she would no longer be filming the show with the cast and crew she had started to consider as family, hit her really hard,” IMDb states in their Trivia section.
Things got that much more emotional with the return of Eric as well, arguably the show was never the same following his departure.
The finale was a tough shoot and as it turns out, Prepon felt those emotions most recently, returning to the That ’90s Show set.
Laura Prepon Felt Emotional Seeing The Set Of That ’90s Show
Prepon was overcome by the nostalgia re-entering the mix and taking a look at the That ’90s Show set. She had to take a second, according to her words with Us Magazine.
“When I first went there, I cried. I’m just like, ‘The nostalgia is so strong and it was such an incredible time in my life.’ I can’t wait for people to see it. I think they’re really, really gonna get a kick out of it.”
It was an emotional moment and one Topher Grace agreed with. According to the actor, he has a hard time watch That ’70s Show reruns, given that it gives off way too much nostalgia for him. Grace made mention that it feels like going over a high school year book over and over again.
Nonetheless, fans will still be binge-watching the series for many more years to come.