Boy Meets World alum Danielle Fishel breaks her 30 year silence and reveals she had a crush on co-star Rider Strong during filming of the show
Danielle Fishel has broken her silence and revealed a secret she’s been keeping for three decades.
The former teen star, 41, had a crush on co-star Rider Strong, 42, when they were working on Boy Meets World.
The truth came out during the latest episode of their Pod Meets World rewatch podcast, when a fan asked if any of the cast members were crushing on each other during the ABC sitcom’s run from 1993 to 2000.
Secret revealed: Boy Meets World star Danielle Fishel, 41, has revealed a secret she’s kept for 30 years; pictures Los Angeles May 2022
‘I’ll go first,’ said Danielle, who played Topanga Lawrence. ‘I had a crush on Rider.’
‘That’s not true,’ exclaimed the shocked actor, who played bad boy Shawn Hunter. ‘You’ve never told me that.’
‘It is too true,’ replied Danielle.
Crush: The actress, who played Topanga Lawrence, had a crush on co-star Rider Strong, 42, who played bad boy Shawn Hunter on the hit sitcom; pictured Los Angeles June 2022
Q&A: The news came out during a fan question and answer session during a rewatch episode of their Pod Meets World podcast which aired August 24; pictured 2018
The Girl Meets World star explained that she started to feel warm and fuzzy towards her co-star after they started working together.
‘I think it started maybe later in season 1 and definitely through season 2,’ she recalled. ‘Don’t let me. I had a crush on Rider. I don’t know, he was so smart.’
‘You know one of my favorite things about Rider, and it still stands to this day, Rider is very effusive. He will tell you how he feels and he’s very free with his compliments, but he doesn’t throw them out willy-nilly. When Rider compliments you it is thoughtful, it has meaning, and you can tell… it’s coming from a very real place.’
Smart: One of the reasons Danielle said she was attracted to Rider is ‘he was so smart’
It’s hopeful the revelation won’t make things awkward at the office. Danielle and Rider have been co-hosting the podcast with former co-star Eric Friedle, 46, since dropping their first episode on June 15.
Danielle is happily married to producer Jensen Karp, 42, and they are parents of two, Adler, three, and Keaton, one. Rider has been married to actress Alexandra Barreto, 46, since 2013 and they share Indigo, seven.
Whether there will ever be a reboot of the hit 90s series which still enjoys a dedicated fanbase is up in the air. Ben Savage, 41, who starred as Cory Matthews, is trying his hand at politics. He is running for a seat on the city council in West Hollywood, California.
Reboot: Fans have expressed interest in seeing a reboot of the series. Ben Savage, who starred as Cory Matthews, is trying his hand at politics. He’s running for city council in West Hollywood, CA/Pictured Los Angeles May 2000