Danielle Fishel, famously known as Topanga from the hit 90’s series Boy Meets World recently spoke to Maxim Magazine about her life, her BMW co-stars and the upcoming spin-off/continuation ‘Girl Meets World’.
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.
Why do you think so many people feel an attachment to Boy Meets World?
We were in people’s family rooms every Friday for seven years. When I watch old episodes, it’s like watching home movies, so I imagine that other people feel the same way. ABC’s TGIF lineup was probably the one time a week when parents and kids all watched TV together.
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?”
You and Ben used to date, right?
No! That rumor was entirely my fault because I once said, on The Tyra Banks Show, that Ben and I went on a date, and that turned into “Danielle and Ben dated.” We went on one date, when I was about 15, and by the time the dinner was over we realized mutually that we were more like family than lovers.
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.
Finally, what would people be shocked to know about Topanga?
I’m huge into ’90s rap. It’s my jam. My all-time favorite album is Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle. And if you ever really want to see me embarrass myself, put on some Notorious B.I.G. and watch me grab my crotch and mouth all the words. It’s really embarrassing, but I can’t help myself.
Check out some of Danielle’s sexy pics from the Maxim shoot below and pick up the magazine now for the full interview!