Ever surprise if there was extra happening between Danielle Fishel and Rider Sturdy behind the scenes of Boy Meets World? The enduring actress, 41, made a shocking admission in hilarious new feedback on her Pod Meets World podcast (through TooFab), alongside Rider and co-star Will Friedle. When requested by a fan if they’d ever harbored crushes on each other, Danielle jumped in first. “I’ll go first,” she responded. “I had a crush on Rider.”
This was apparently information to Rider, 42, who performed Shawn Hunter reverse Danielle’s Topanga Lawrence within the beloved ABC sequence. “That’s not true, you’ve by no means advised me that!” he exclaimed. “You saved that for 30 years? So … I used to be your first superstar crush. Jonathan Taylor Thomas and me. You actually had the teenager journal factor coated method by way of the ’90s.”
“It’s too true,” Danielle continued, sharing her honest ideas on her former costar and present cohost. “I feel it began possibly later in season 1 and positively by way of season two. I did. I had a crush on Rider. I don’t know — he was so good. You already know considered one of my favourite issues about Rider, and it nonetheless stands to at the present time, Rider may be very effusive. He’ll inform you how he feels and he’s very free along with his compliments, however he doesn’t throw them out willy-nilly. When Rider compliments you it’s considerate, it has which means, and you’ll inform…it’s coming from a really actual place.”
The crush evidently spilled over into an performing class they took collectively, as nicely. “I bear in mind getting a really actual praise from Rider,” she revealed. “After which feeling like, ‘Oh, my God, I really like you.’” Whereas noting that she might need “irritated” Rider when she first started taking part in Topanga, Danielle stated that the connection matured into, “a really good, deep friendship and we had very significant conversations.”
Boy Meets World ran from 1993-2000. Danielle went on to star within the spinoff Woman Meets World from 2014 and 2017, with Rider reprising his position as Shawn in recurring spots.