Rider Strong’s best-known role to date was as the thoughtful but sensitive teen Shawn Hunter on ABC’s hit ’90s sitcom Boy Meet World.
While fans loved his character, Strong, now 42, sometimes didn’t love his show.
The actor looked back at starring on the series from 1993 to 2000 and why he didn’t want to be associated with the comedy during filming.
“I didn’t want to be associated with the show, which is driving me crazy now,” Strong said in an interview with Insider.
Strong recently released a Boy Meets World rewatch podcast titled Pod Meets World, starring his former co-stars Danielle Fishel and Will Friedle.
The Pepper Dennis actor continued, “I didn’t see the show for years as a teenager. Whenever we were off the show, I would literally run from Los Angeles and bury my head in the sand.”
Strong began acting on the show when he was just 14 years old.
Despite his regrets, Strong has gained a lot of perspective from the series in hindsight.
“Looking back, I’m like, ‘This is pretty bad,'” he said. “I should have just been happier and living in the moment and proud of the show and proud of what we’ve done. But instead, I don’t know, I had a real chip on my shoulder.”
Strong noted that his teenage self was “anti-mainstream” and that his attitude was filled with “adolescent insecurities.”
The father-of-one then said that directors “came and taught us things about the industry and acting and cameras and stuff like that that I still use as a director to this day.”
The first episode of his podcast aired on June 27, and he also spoke about growing up on the show in the 1990s.
The San Francisco native admitted that he “didn’t want to be there from the start” and explained that he believed signing a seven-year deal for the show would be “death.”
Strong later appeared in and even directed episodes of the 2010 Disney Channel spinoff Girl Meets World. The show followed Fishel’s Topanga Matthews and her husband Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) as they deal with their teenage daughter Riley.
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