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.
March 8, 2013 at 3:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
If this is any indication of what Danielle‘s going to be like when ‘Girl Meets World’ premieres, I’m sad to say that Ben Savage really needs to do some serious overacting to make up for Danielle and her Big Important Stage Presence.
This is Danielle, obviously, playing Lindsay Lohan playing Liz Taylor, and normally I’d say, yeah, go ahead and jump in—cash in on Lindsay’s self-plague of misfortune and milk that shit, but wait … no, I don’t think that’s all that cool, and I don’t think it’s wise of Danielle to hop in on this and make a mockery when she’s got her very own show debuting sometime in the near future.
Don’t get me wrong, Danielle’s still cute and all, but going for this easy shot? In such an over-the-top kind of way? I don’t like it—not a bit.
December 2, 2012 at 7:00 am by Sarah
You guys, I almost totally forgot! The Entertainment Lawyer who scribes Crazy Days and Nights is finally “naming names,” as is his hallowed New Year’s Day tradition.
Emily hit on some of the year’s best, most salacious scandals, but you guys! THERE IS SO MUCH MORE.
January 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm by Jenn
I think the writers over at Page Six have officially lost their minds. They did a photo gallery titled “50 Fat Celebrities”. So, I took a look, and sandwiched in among the likes of Kirstie Alley and Kathy Bates is Elisha Cuthbert. You know, the hot, blond chick from 24? I mean, did they just hit a point where they couldn’t think of anyone else so they just threw in some random picture? Dudes, how about Raven Fucking Symone? Raven I Love My Curves Symone dodged this bullet and Cuthbert, who admittedly does have some slightly unfortunate knee fat, is one of the top 50 fattest?
I’m feeling kind of depressed today and so did not need to wake up to this. In fairness, I don’t know how old this picture of Elisha in a bikini is, but I have some in the gallery of Elisha over the past few months. If this is the definition of fat, I’m scheduling my gastric bypass, stat. Ah, poetry, and on only two hours of sleep. You’re welcome.
My other issue is that they had dead dudes on the list like Elvis, Marlon Brando and Orson Welles. It is my opinion that, once you kick off, you no longer have the privilege of a “Fat Celeb” title.
Other fatty title-holders include Kelly LeBrock, Rachel Hunter, Danielle Fishel and, yup, Jessica Simpson.
January 30, 2009 at 5:04 am by Wendie
The gorgeous host of the Style network’s The Dish — who you probably remember as Topanga from Boy Meets World — got her handprint done in cement for Planet Hollywood yesterday.
I interviewed Danielle awhile back for Film.com (read it here), and I left out a portion of our conversation in my write-up. At some point during our chat, I mentioned how much I hate my natural hair and how jealous I am of hers. Danielle then basically stopped the interview to ask me why I didn’t like my hair, why I didn’t love my body in general, and then spent like five minutes trying to cheer me up, despite me being like “Dude, this interview is supposed to be about you!” It was very refreshing celeb behavior — normally when you bring your own life up AT ALL during celeb interviews, they basically pretend that they didn’t hear it. Seriously. Any comment that is not about the celebrity is just totally ignored — sometimes so much so that it’s comical. So I was really impressed with how gracious and sweet she was, and I’m officially a fan.
December 16, 2008 at 3:43 pm by Evil Beet
As I mentioned earlier, I had the chance to chat last week with Danielle Fishel (aka Topanga Lawrence!), who’s promoting her new show The Dish on the Style network, which premieres this Saturday. The full interview is now up on Film.com (read it here), but here are some excerpts:
Film.com: Katie Holmes has recently been photographed wearing those peg-and-roll jeans, and the LA Times did a piece on how that look is coming back. What’s your take on that?
DF: Awful. Absolutely awful. How do we boycott this? How do we create a rally and say, “We’re not going to take it anymore!” No. I say no. I’m putting my foot down. The real women of the world need to put out a statement saying, “No. We’re not going to accept this. Change to something else. Find a different trend you want us to follow!”
See? Danielle agrees with me!
She also opened up to me about her relationship with Lance Bass, a guy she adores to this day and about whom she has nothing but positive things to say.
Film.com: … You dated Lance Bass before he was openly gay. I just have to ask you: Were you guys sleeping together? What was the physical part of it like for you?
DF: No, we were not sleeping together. We never slept together. I was seventeen. I was a really good girl. I didn’t lose my virginity until much later in life. Lance and I talked about the fact that we weren’t going to sleep together, and his reason was, you know, “I’m always on the road. We don’t get to spend as much time together as we’d like, and this is going to be a really special time in your life. I don’t want to share something that intimate and then take off and leave for a month.” Which, at seventeen years old, I completely respected. We traveled a lot together, once I turned eighteen, and we stayed in the same room, but we never did actually consummate the relationship.
Make sure to read the full interview here — we talk about her hair, her DUI and Tyra Banks — and catch Danielle on The Dish this Saturday.