Danielle Fishel rose to prominence as Topanga Lawrence-Matthews on the ABC teen sitcom “Boy Meets World,” which aired from 1993 to 2000, and then reprised the role on the Disney Channel’s “Girl Meets World,” which aired from 2014 to 2017.
Fishel’s role in “Boy Meets World” was initially intended to be a modest recurring one. Her role, a fiery, intellectual girl who was mature beyond her years, became a show regular after a successful first year and stayed so until the end of the seven-year run.
The actress has now spoken up about her time on the series, stating that she was no longer inspired to continue in her part in the last few seasons.
‘I Just Wanted My Life Back’
In an interview with Romper, Fishel dropped a huge bombshell about her stint in “Boy Meets World.” The actress revealed that over its last few seasons, she had grown to dislike the role that had given her so much popularity.
“I had been in school full-time, working full-time. I started to feel like I just want my life back,” she said, describing the emotional turmoil in her mind at the time. “The last several years, I feel like were tainted by my own feeling of wanting it to be over.”
However, once she left the show to pursue other acting opportunities, she saw firsthand how popular it was with the general audience. Her new employment experiences also allowed her to see that the set of “Boy Meets World” was a highly respectful and caring place.
Looking back, Fishel’s view has changed, and the actress now truly appreciates all of her past experiences on the teen series set. “And now, I would do anything to go back and have those moments back,” Fishel admitted to Romper.
Learning Lessons Is Important
Fishel went on to remark later in the interview that she now uses the lesson she learned from loathing her final days on the show to help her cherish more private times in other jobs she has obtained since then.
“Any time in my life, both personally and professionally, where I have felt like I’m starting to take something for granted, I remind myself, ‘You did this with the end of “Boy Meets World.” Don’t do it now, because one day you’re going to look back, and you’re going to wish you had those moments back,'” Fishel said.
For the actress, learning to appreciate those breakthrough moments is a necessary lesson not only for her but also for individuals across all ages.
Danielle Fishel And Co-Star Ben Savage Attempted Dating In Real Life
Fishel also discussed her relationship with Ben Savage (Cory Mathews), the series’ primary protagonist who goes through real-world circumstances and learns the meaning of life through a variety of life lessons.
Despite the fact that she portrayed the eccentric tween and eventual wife of Cory Matthews on the show, the actress said that their relationship did not progress beyond their on-screen roles, adding that they had explored the idea but eventually concluded they were not meant to be together.
“There was literally I think one moment where Ben and I looked at each other after we had been working together for like two years and were like, ‘Are there feelings there?’ And then we went out to dinner, and we were like, ‘No!'” she said.
Danielle Fishel’s Relationship Timeline
Fishel would later fall in love and get married to Tim Belusko, whom she met during her schooling years at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). The duo married on October 19, 2013, in Los Angeles. However, the relationship hit the rocks a few years after, with the divorce getting finalized in March 2016.
Later on, the actress started a relationship with “Get Up On This” host Jensen Karp and subsequently tied the knot on November 4, 2018. The couple now shares two sons, welcoming the first in 2019 and the second in 2020, and have kept away from the spotlight.
Unlike Fishel, her co-star, Savage, on the other hand, has been quite adept at keeping his personal life from the media, so his romantic status is currently unknown.
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