Danielle Fishel, best known as Topanga Lawrence from the beloved 90’s show Boy Meets World, is Maxim‘s April cover girl. Ms. Fishel, now 31, is promoting her new show Girl Meets World, the Boy Meets World spin-off. In this show, her character and lBen Savage‘s character (Cory Matthews) have a daughter. Here are some of my favorite parts of her interview from Maxim:
Where the heck did the name Topanga come from?
Michael Jacobs, who created Boy Meets World, says he was driving down the highway when production called and said, “We need a name for this character!” He happened to be driving past Topanga Canyon, so he said, “Topanga.” He says that if they had called him two miles later, I would’ve been named Canoga, which is the next exit.
Did you party with the rest of the TGIF crew, like Urkel or the Olsen twins?
One time we were all on a private jet going to Disney World, and my mom, dad, and brother were also with me. We had these four seats facing each other with curtains, so we had our own little private family area. Anyway, we were trying to take a nap, and all of a sudden Bob Saget walks down the aisle, rips open our curtain, and shouts, “Do you guys have any coke?!” Then he looks my dad in the eye, laughs, and closes the curtain. My mom was like, “What was that all about?”
We hear you recently had dinner with your former costars Ben Savage and Rider Strong.
And Will Friedle, who played Cory’s brother, Eric! We went to Rider’s house for dinner, and it was one of the more fun evenings I’ve had in my whole life. With the news of Girl Meets World coming out, we were kind of like, well, let’s actually have a reunion.
THAT DINNER WAS PROBABLY AWESOME.