Nostalgia alert! Danielle Fishel starred as the beloved teen icon Topanga Lawrence during her time on Boy Meets World, which aired from 1993 to 2000. Now, she’s dishing all the details on where she and her former costars stand more than two decades since the final episode aired.
The ABC series, which lasted seven seasons, followed Ben Savage’s Cory Matthews — and his crew, Rider Strong’s Shawn Hunter and Cory's longtime love Topanga — from sixth grade all the way into college. While chatting with OK! about her haircare line, Be Free by Danielle Fishel, the actress revealed that she remains tight with most of the cast.
“Rider and I are very close. We have a very close text relationship. We send each other books that we’re reading all the time. He recently recommended a book to me and I absolutely loved it, and then I started reading a book and I was like, ‘Oh you’re raising a boy, you need to read this book’ so I sent it to him and he was like ‘Oh my gosh, this book made me think of this musical artist,” the Girl Meets World star tells OK!. “We share that kind of stuff via text all the time.”
“Will Friedle [who portrayed Eric Matthews] lives about, I don't know, maybe half a mile from my house. He runs by my house every morning, so I see him almost every day,” Fishel reveals. “It’s very cute, he has the longest-running bit ever, which is, he runs by my house and waves at my Ring doorbell, so eventually he wants me to compile for him a collection of every single morning him, waving to my Ring doorbell."
“Trina [McGee, who played Angela Moore] and I have a very close text relationship; We keep each other up to date on what's going on,” she says, “and Betsy [Randle, who portrayed Amy Matthews] and I talk on Facebook.”
“We’re all so over the place," the Boiling Pot actress continues. "We've known each other since ’93, so we have a bond that’s kind of like one of those things where sometimes, you may go years without talking to them and then all of a sudden you catch up and it's kind of like no time has passed.”
Though Fishel didn’t mention her former onscreen love, she and Savage recently reunited for a PaneraBread commercial. As for whether or not the Boy Meets World OGs would ever get back together for a reunion movie, Fishel isn’t exactly ruling it out: “I don’t know if we would have it in us to get back together ... but maybe.”
Nowadays, Fishel prefers to be behind the camera instead of in front of it. Her next project? Producing a movie with Sabrina Carpenter for HBO Max based on the book, The Distance From Me To You.
“I'm still open to doing some stuff on camera, but it just needs to be something that I really, really love,” Fishel — who has directed 25 episodes of television — tells OK!. “My passion now is so much more behind the camera and bringing out great performances in others. I get so much joy and fulfillment out of that.”
Meanwhile, Fishel is focused on her clean haircare line Be Free, which she was inspired to create when she found out she was pregnant. (She and husband Jensen Karp share 2-year-old son Adler and are expecting their second child.) The Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free, vegan, color-safe, eco-friendly hair products are free of sodium chloride, sulfate, phosphate, gluten, parabens, phthalates, and fragrance.