Actress Jennie Garth has mixed thoughts about the dating game after playing it again following her marriage split from Twilight star Peter Facinelli.

The former Beverly Hills, 90210 star split from the actor last year (12), and admits she has found it incredibly difficult to put herself out there and find a new man since.

She has finally found a partner in businessman Michael Shimbo, but tells U.S. chat show host Bethenny Frankel that she didn't exactly enjoy the process of courting.

She explains, "It's fun, and it's awful all at the same time. It's like a weird type of torture. But it can be fun.

"It's super challenging... I expected to come out of divorce and just be great at it (dating). I'm smart and I thought I could do it. How hard could it be? But I've realised that I have to fumble my way and create the space to really be open to learning because I don't know how to do it."