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…What happened to the casts of your favourite TV show or film? 

Have a look at my monthly Ponderings articles where you can see where your fav child stars have dissapeared to.

January 12, 2009 Posted by | Ponderings | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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With Danielle Fishel receiving the honour of having her hand prints cemented in Hollywood last like it made me think of my favourite show as a youngster ‘Boy Meets World’.  Anyone under the age of 18 will probably have no idea what I’m on about but I loved this show and was completely in love with Rider Strong until I grew up and he stayed the same size.

So whatever happened to the cast of…  Boy Meets World?

Played Corey Matthews

Played Corey Matthews

Ben Savage born Bennett Joseph Savage on 13th September 1980 in Chicago played Corey Matthews, the lead Character in ‘Boy Meets World’ from 1993 – 2000.  Boy meets world was a huge Disney show winning a Kids Choice Award for Ben in 2000, the shows final year. 

Ben is the brother of former child star Fred Savage who was the star of ‘The Wonder Years’.  Both brothers have found it hard to make the transition to adult star and are still working on making the transition.  Since ‘Boy Meets World’ finished in 2000 Ben won a place at Stanford University where he majored in Political Science graduating in 2004.  Since then he has interned in the office of US Senator Arlen Spector, it seems Ben is definitely planting the seeds for a political career in the future. 

Within the acting world Ben has had a few minor roles in prime-time hit television series’ ‘Chuck’ and ‘Without A Trace’, he has also had a few roles in TV movies and movie of the week on US Television.  Ben is currently filming his next project TVM  ‘Doesn’t Texas Ever End’ he is 28 years old.

Played Shawn Hunter

Played Shawn Hunter

Rider King Strong born 11th December 1979 in San Francisco played Corey Matthews’ sometimes troubled best friend Shawn Hunter in the show.  Rider along with Ben won a Kids Choice Award in 2000.

After ‘Boy Meets World’ ended in 2000 Rider attended Columbia University where he was an English Major and graduated in the summer of 2004.  While Rider was studying at College he still took on major film and television roles.  Rider’s biggest role since ‘Boy Meets World’ came in 2002 in the summer Horror flick ‘Cabin Fever’.  Rider has also had roles in hit shows ‘Law and Order: Criminal Intent’, ‘Veronica Mars’ and ‘Bones’, he also regularly lends his voice to Disney’s ‘Kim Possible’.

Rider has just completed work on ‘Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever’ and ‘Penthouse’ both in the horror genre the movies are due for release in 2009.  Rider is 29 years old.

Played Topanga Lawrence

Played Topanga Lawrence

Danielle Christine Fishel born 5th May 1981 in Arizona played Corey’s long-suffering girlfriend andwife Topanga.  Danielle was originally cast as a day player on the show but when the actress cast to play Topanga didn’t work out she and another actress was asked to read for the role and Danielle ended up winning it.  During her time in the show Danielle had some high profile boyfirends including Lance Bass from nSync and Devon Sawa, she also dated show co-star Ben Savage. 

Danielle was rumoured to have lost her virginity to Lance and are reportedly still close friends, I imagine their relationship didn’t work out owing to the fact that he was gay.  On Lance Bass coming out Fishel said “It wasn’t a shock for me. I found out probably a year or two after we broke up.  People magazine was not my first time knowing Lance was gay! He is an awesome guy, he was an awesome boyfriend and he is still a very good friend of mine”.

During ‘Boy Meets World’ Fishel always struggled with her weight.  Danielle is a petite 5ft 1″ so keeping her weight down was hard and the slightest amount of weight she gained made her look like she had ballooned.  In 2006 Fishel lost 27 pounds on the Nutrisystem diet and after making an appearance on the ‘Tyra Banks Show’ was asked to become a special correspondent for the show starting in February 2007.

Daniel is currently hosting ‘The Dish’ on the Style Network and is 27 years old.

Played Eric Matthews

Played Eric Matthews

William Alan Friedle born 11th August 1976 in Connecticut played Carey’s dim but lovable brother Eric Matthews.  Will Friedle was quite the hottie in his time and was in a long term relationship with Jennifer ‘Love’ Hewitt. 

Since the show ended Will has had a few comedic roles in ‘Less Than Perfect’ ‘3rd Rock From The Sun’ and ‘Gold Diggers’ but it is his voice over work that is his bread and butter.  Will’s voice makes regular appearances in ‘Kim Possible’ and ‘Batman Beyond’.  Will has a huge interest in the culinary world and is rumoured to be contemplating a move into the cooking trade.  Will is 32 years old.

Played Jack Hunter

Played Jack Hunter

Matthew William Lawrence born 11th February 1980 in Pennsylvania played Shawn Hunter’s long lost Brother Jack.  Matthew is the real life brother of sitcom star Joey Lawrence and appearedwith him in the show ‘Brotherly Love’ before going on to star in ‘Boy Meets World’ in 1997.

After ‘Boy Meets World’ ended Matthew went on to study biology at USC, he had always dreamed of being a zoologist.  Matthew like his co-star Ben also dated actress Danielle Fishel.  In 2002 Matthew had a high profile role in the teen flick ‘The Hot Chick’ and has also had a role in CSI.

Matthew Lawrence has had a little success but was pushed back into the spotlight last year after he started dating ‘Dancing With The Stars’ professional Cheryl Burke.  Matthew met Cheryl while his brother Joey was a contestant on the hit series.   Cheryl and Matthew have since parted ways, Mathew is 28 years old.

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December 22, 2008 Posted by | Entertainment, Ponderings, Showbiz | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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I’m at home after a long day a work, flicking the channels as I always do and begin watching ’10 Things I Hate About You’.  Since Heath Ledger’s death this film has been on Sky pretty much every other week.  When this film came out in the late 90s it was pretty much an all star cast involving the who’s who of young Hollywood circa 1998.  Unfortunately many of the faces in this movie, bar Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Gabrielle Union and David Krumholtz, have disappeared into the ether.  This had led me to ask this question…

Where are they now?.. 10 Things I Hate About You

played Bianca Stratford

played Bianca Stratford

Larisa Oleynik played lead character Bianca Stratford in the movie and was also the star of hit Nikelodeon show ‘The Secret World of Alex Mack’.  Larisa in her prime set the standard for child stars like Hilary Duff, Shia LeBeouf and Amanda Bynes, so where did it all go wrong?? 

It was the transition movie, this is the movie that takes a child star and turns them into an adult actor.  Larisa has not yet found this role, the problem could also have been her decision to attend college full time.  Larisa left the Hollywood game at a pivotal point in her career when she should have maybe been reading scripts and getting herself out there.  I am not dismissing the need for education, but if you want to be an actor and you have a career do you really need to put it on hold to get a degree? 

Larisa is currently reading scripts and jobbing as an actor, she is 27 years old.
played Cameron James

played Cameron James

Joseph Gordon-Levitt played Bianca’s love interest Cameron James, like Larisa, Joseph was also in a hit TV show ‘Third Rock From The Sun’.  Joseph’s career has been slightly more eventful than Larisa’s and he too chose to attend University.  Joseph’s breakout role was in the movie ‘Brick’ in which he played a teenage loner trying to find out what happened to his ex girlfriend.  Levitt found the type of role he was best playing and went with it, he has since appeared in hit show ‘Numbers’ with fellow 10 Things co-star David Krumholtz.
Joseph is currently filming ‘The Frog King’ with Darren Star, dating Marilyn Manson’s ex Evan Rachel Wood and is 27.
played Joey Donner

played Joey Donner

Andrew Keegan played slime-ball Joey Donner.  Andrew was the hot guy of the moment who showed up as the sleazy guy everyone fancied in many movies and TV shows including ‘O’ with Julia Styles, ‘Boy Meets World’, ‘Sabrina The Teenage Witch’ and ‘Moesha’.  Andrew’s career began to falter with age, there was still a need for the slimy hot guy but as Andrew became older it was less acceptable to have Andrew continue to play that character.
Andrew has appeared in many TV shows that have bombed and has just completed ‘Fast glass’ with Nick Carter.  andrew is 29 years old.
played Mandella

played Mandella

Susan May Pratt played cooky Mandella, Kat Stratford’s best friend.  Susan was the hardest member of the cast to find out where she is now.  Susan’s career never really took off and like most actors in Hollywood is still trying to find that place where she can relax slightly.  Susan has had bit parts in hit shows ‘Ghost Whisperer’ and ‘Dragnet’ and was also part of the small ensemble cast in the film ‘Adrift’.
 
Susan is currently reading scripts and is 34 years old.

November 27, 2008 Posted by | Ponderings | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment