High-school-aged Topanga would certainly disapprove. Danielle Fishel, who played Topanga on Boy Meets World and will be reprising the role on the upcoming Girl Meets World Disney Channel reboot, has posed for Maxim.
While the pictures are pretty NSFW, the accompanying Q&A is fairly PG. She talks about the origin of the name Topanga: “Michael Jacobs says he was driving down the highway when production called and said, ‘We need a name for this character!’” she explained. “He happened to be driving past Topanga Canyon, so he said, ‘Topanga.’ He says that if they had called him two miles later, I would’ve been named Canoga, which is the next exit.”
Most interesting may be that she shoots down the rumor that she and Ben Savage ever dated. “No! That rumor was entirely my fault because I once said, on The Tyra Banks Show, that Ben and I went on a date, and that turned into ‘Danielle and Ben dated,’” she told the magazine. “We went on one date, when I was about 15, and by the time the dinner was over we realized mutually that we were more like family than lovers.”
Unfortunately, she doesn’t discuss her actual relationships during the Boy Meets World years. (Paging Lance Bass!) But she did spill about Topanga-approved topics such as her fiancé and recently graduating from college. The most shocking revelation may be what she cops to doing during her free time: “I’m huge into ’90s rap,” she said. “It’s my jam. My all-time favorite album is Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle. And if you ever really want to see me embarrass myself, put on some Notorious B.I.G. and watch me grab my crotch and mouth all the words. It’s really embarrassing, but I can’t help myself.”
Something tells us none of this will be worked into an upcoming Girl Meets World plot.