Trina McGee revealed that boy meets world Showrunner Michael Jacobs once asked her to turn down her “black meter.”
The actress, now 53, was one of the few black cast members on the hit 1990s Disney sitcom, in which she portrayed Angela Moore, longtime girlfriend of Rider Strong’s Shawn Hunter.
Before joining the family sitcom in its second season, McGee appeared in various sitcoms starring black cast members, including Another world Martin and family matters.
Talking about an episode of boy meets world Co-Stars Strong, Danielle Fishel (Topanga Lawrence) and Will Friedles (Eric Matthews) Podcast, Pod meets worldMcGee spoke about her experience as a black actress working with “almost all white crew” on a show with the “whitest white cast”.
“Coming from black sitcoms, I’ve always had to have something of a ‘Black Meter,'” she said. “My black meter was probably down to a two. I remember when I was filming the episode ‘Angela’s Ashes’ my black meter kind of slipped and I was about a nine.”
“Michael came up to me and his note was, ‘Hey Trina, just turn the Telma Hopkins down about eight notches,'” she recalled, noting that the creator was referring to the Black family matters Actor.
“I knew exactly what he was talking about,” McGee added. “There are so many things you guys are so lucky about that you didn’t have to think.”
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Elsewhere in the podcast, McGee explained why she hadn’t appeared in the series finale. “I was told in a weird, casual way by a very important person that you all went to Michael Jacobs and you said, ‘We don’t want her in the last episode. She’s kind of taking our light.’ [That] was the gist of it,'” she said.
“I was under the impression that you all got together and didn’t want me on the last show, for some reason I’d take some shine or something,” she continued. “It hurt me a lot for a long time. To make matters worse, people of color tend to look at things a little more closely at times.”
Fishel and Friedle were shocked to hear the claim, with the latter confirming that “for the record, Trina, that never happened.”
McGee replied, “I believe you. I can tell from your reactions. I’ve had this in my head for so long, and I’ve never seen this show. I always felt, uh. That hurt me for a long time.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/boy-meets-world-trina-mcgee-series-finale-b2170721.html Boy Meets World’s Trina McGee recalls the creator asking her to turn down her “Black Meter.”