HollywoodLife.com caught up with the stars of ‘Boy Meets World’ to find out what their characters are up to — and when we’ll see them on the spin-off.
We were all excited when news first broke that Boy Meets World was being rebooted via a spin-off on Disney Channel — but not half as excited as the stars, themselves! Rider Strong, Matthew Lawrence and more of the original BMW stars walked the red carpet June 6 at the opening night of the ATX Television Festival, and they told HollywoodLife.com that plans to return are already in motion.
Rider Strong (Shawn Hunter):
Cory (Ben Savage) wouldn’t be the man he is today without his bad-boy best friend Shawn Hunter, and according to Rider, we can expect to see the duo reunited very soon:
Based on the response [to the spin-off], I feel like we owe it to the fans to finish Shawn’s story line, but I don’t know what that means yet,” Rider told us. “They shot the pilot, and I have no idea what’s happening after that. I’m assuming they’ll do at least six episodes, and I think it’d be good to show up and say hi.
And we agree! But what can we expect from Shawn 2.0? Rider has a few ideas:
The problem is, I’ve already talked to [creator] Michael Jacobs about where Shawn is. So I have the actual answer in my head. I don’t want to give any of that away, but I think Shawn’s doing OK. But he’s got to be in some kind of trouble, and he has to drag Cory into it. I feel like that has to happen; I can’t be doing that well. By the end of the episode, or couple of episodes, that I do, I’ve got to be blowing up mailboxes.
Lily Nicksay (Morgan Matthews):
Even though she was eventually replaced by an “older” model, the original Morgan (Lily Nicksay) is totally down to dispense some cool-aunt advice to the spin-off’s “girl” (Rowan Blanchard).
“I had a wonderful lunch with Michael Jacobs in Los Angeles, and we talked about me being involved in the show in some respect, so I’m really excited to see how that progresses,” Lilay told us, adding that she imagines present-day Morgan as being “fabulous and a little bit crazy.”
Sounds about right!
Trina McGee (Angela Moore):
Even though Shawn and then-girlfriend Angela (Trina McGee) ended the original series on not-so-good terms, Trina hopes for some redemption on the spin-off.
“[I imagine] she came back from Europe and realized that everything she needed was right at home,” Trina told us. “She’ll stay best friends with Topanga, and she’ll settle in her home town.”
And yes, she still holds the infamous “Jennifer Love Fefferman” episode close to her heart.
“I liked when I got to tell Jennifer Love Hewitt, ‘I’m the only one who gets to scream around here.'” Trina told us. “I’ll come there and scream for her in the hospital [now that she’s pregnant.]”
Matthew Lawrence (Jack Hunter):
Matthew Lawrence made teen girls shriek every time he entered a scene, but in the universe of Girl Meets World, he said he imagines Jack as a one girl kind of guy.
“I feel like Jack would’ve done one of two things: Either he got pressured into getting married and having kids, or he could be off in a jungle somewhere,” Matthew told us. “One of the two.”
As for the spin off, he said, “I think it’s a great idea … and of course I’d love to be on it.”
Rachel McGuire (Maitland Ward):
And then there’s Rachel (Maitland Ward), the vivacious red-head that drove a serious wedge between Jack and Eric (Will Friedle) in their college days — something she still thinks about to this day.
“[Rachel] and Jack left for the Peace Corps., so I feel like they probably got together,” Maitland told us. “A lot of fans are disappointed that Eric never had much of a chance with her. I always thought there should have been a little more of a triangle there.”
And Maitland, who was on set for the filming of the Girl Meets World pilot, said she felt like “no time had passed,” and that she’d “love to see what happened to Rachel all these years later.”
HollywoodLifers, which classic Boy Meets World characters would YOU like to see on the spin-off? Drop a comment below with your choices!
— Andy Swift