Leah Remini was ‘petrified’ on set of 'Saved by the Bell' in the '90s: ‘I felt old and not pretty’

Leah Remini attends the International Documentary Association's 35th Annual IDA Documentary Awards
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Leah Remini is opening up about her experience working on "Saved by the Bell" in the '90s.

The 51-year-old actress, who portrayed Stacey Corosi on six episodes of the teen series, spoke to co-star Mark-Paul Gosselaar on his “Zach to the Future” podcast, Today reports.

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“For a very long time in my career ... people would say, ‘I loved you on ‘Saved by the Bell.’ They still do,” Remini shared. “I did 207 episodes of ‘The King of Queens’ and people say, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah, “King of Queens,” but “Saved by the Bell.'"

Remini’s character on the 1990s sitcom was a rough and tough boss at the Malibu Sands Beach Club who begins dating Zack Morris, her employee, played by Gosselaar.

The actress, who was 21 at the time and still finding her footing in the industry, described feeling intimidated by her fellow cast members upon arriving on the set.

“I was petrified. I was like, ‘Oh, I’m not going to be this kid’s type. Is he going to be disappointed that they cast me?” she said.

“Tiffani-Amber Thiessen [Kelly Kapowski] is so gorgeous. She was like ‘The Little Mermaid’ to me. And I was just in awe of her face...Everyday showing up, I was like, ‘Aggghhh! She’s a little mermaid...’ I felt like a fat-ass cow there. I just felt old and not pretty...I was intimated by you guys.”

Gosselaar, 47, said the two definitely shared an emotional connection.

“There is an undeniable chemistry between you and I,” he noted.

“Those are real kisses,” Gosselaar added. “Because Tiffani and I never had a kiss like we have on these six episodes. There’s not a single person that Zack comes into contact with, in my opinion, that has the chemistry that you and I had.”

Remini also shared how the show opened many doors for her in the entertainment industry.

“Here are these cool kids who are working and making money and doing their own thing, kind of, and I’m coming in and I’m like, every girl wants to be wanted, I think, in general, so I was just like kind of waiting for the little bit of a hit,” she said.

While "Saved by the Bell" was recently rebooted on Peacock, Remini didn't say if her character will make any future appearances on the series.

Season 2 of "Saved by the Bell" is currently in production.

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