Danielle Fishel Reveals ‘Boy Meets World’ Creator Threatened To Fire Her
Danielle Fishel Reveals ‘Boy Meets World’ Creator Threatened To Fire Her Danielle Fishel revealed a near-miss for the role on ‘Boy Meets World’ that would make her an iconic TV star.
Danielle Fishel almost missed her big chance to build an entire career in the role of Topanga Lawrence in Boy Meets World. On the most up-to-date episode of the webcast Pod Meets World, the entertainer, 41, admitted that the show’s maker Michael Jacobs took steps to fire her at the very beginning of her new position. The self-described “spunky” young actress was only 12 years old at the time, and she related that her perky nature irked Michael. She was “bubbly, fast-talking [and] spunky,” she said on the podcast, adding that it was “very hard to speak slowly” for her.
Danielle recalled the fallout of that day being particularly harsh. “Michael starts off the notes by saying ‘Danielle I’m going to give you all of your notes all at one time in the end and I’m going to give everyone else notes now because if I make everyone sit here through all of the notes I have for you, we would all be here for hours and no one would get to go home,’” she said.
Danielle continued, remembering the impact it had. “From that moment on I remember my eyes welled up because I’m in front of everybody,” she said. “Every one of the makers each of the scholars the cast and everyone’s eyes are all on me briefly.” And then, at that point, came the kicker, Danielle proceeded. Michael told her that on the off chance that things didn’t transform, she’d be booted from the cast.“All I know is if you don’t come back tomorrow doing this entirely differently, you are also not going to be here,” he allegedly told Danielle and her mom.
But the dedicated actress didn’t waste time feeling sorry for herself, instead turning the entire thing to her advantage and securing the ABC role for herself. She says her mom helped her practice delivering her lines more slowly — and it worked. Danielle claims he literally applauded her the next day.
“He stands up and all the writers stand up alongside him and says, ‘Let’s give Danielle a round of applause,” she said. “‘You did precisely the exact thing I requested from you, much obliged. Congrats, it was awesome.’” The show ultimately ran for seven seasons, from 1993-2000. The actress starred opposite Ben Savage in the coming-of-age sitcom.