Exculsive Interview with Actress Danielle Fishel : “Sense of Normalcy Keeps My Job in Perspective”


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“I was very fortunate to be born into a very tight knit and responsible family,” said Danielle Fishel, who is also known as Topanga Lawrence from the hit TV series Boy Meets World and its successor Girl Meets World on Disney Channel.

“I had to make my bed, clean up after the family dog, help my mom make dinner, and do all the same chores my friends had to do even though I was working on Boy Meets World full time. That sense of normalcy helped me keep my job in perspective and recognize that it isn’t the most important part of my life and doesn’t define who I am,” said Danielle in an exclusive interview with the Matador Messenger.

When starting her career she was never really inspired by singers, actors, or athletes. “Frankly, most of them are terrible role models and if I’m going to learn something it would be what NOT to do,” commented Danielle. Instead, she has always been inspired by her family and friends.

Her advice to young aspiring actors is always the same: take acting classes (if you’re able) and participate in your local and school theater. “Most importantly work very hard in school and find something else you love in case acting doesn’t work out,” she advised.

“Breaking into the entertainment industry isn’t easy and you have very little control over your future. Hopefully you won’t need it but it’s important to have a plan B if being an actor is your plan A.” remarked Danielle.

Danielle has recently directed her first episode of Girl Meets World. “I truly loved the experience. Having been an actor my whole life, I was nervous to take on a new challenge like directing and I didn’t know if I would be any good at it. Thankfully, it went well, and I hope to be able to do it more often in the future,” commented Danielle.