The Girl Meets World star, Danielle Fishel, is quite content with her role as Topanga.
She has been doing the character of Topanga since God-knows-when. Yet, Danielle Fishel is sitting pretty with that role and she is not about to change it for anything in the world. It’s been over two decades since she has been appearing on television.
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First it was in Boy Meets World and now it is in Girl Meets World. Her character of Topanga Lawrence-Matthews is one that she has become so used to portraying on screen that now it appears to have become her persona for better or for worse.
People would call out her television name Topanga out loud and thus they seemed to forget that she had an existence and a life outside the idiot box as well.
Many diehard fans would later on take selfies with her the moment they got the chance. But you know what the funny thing is? She has never gotten tired of the adulation or attention.
Danielle Fishel confesses that she prefers the odd name of Topanga since it has just kind of stuck. Besides, it easily rolls off the tongues of her fans instead of the lengthy and obstacle-like Danielle Fishel.
“It’s easy to remember,” Fishel said. “That’s part of the reason why it’s never surprised me or bothered me that somebody doesn’t know my real name. What’s easier to remember, Danielle Fishel or Topanga? Topanga sticks with you.”
So she is happy with Topanga being her epithet. She is a fundamental part of kids’ entertainment and has become a virtual institution on the scene.
The show she appears in has had a massive following and been one of the lengthiest in history (beating many other genres including vampire tales such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer).
This constant nature of the show has seen Danielle through her precocious prepubescent years well into young adulthood. The terrible tension-filled teens were a period she covered with relative ease without getting bogged down in the twin pitfalls of drugs or depression.
“In my opinion, Topanga was one of the most well-rounded, well-written characters on TV,” she said.
“She was 12 and she was a feminist. She was one of the only female characters I could think of that was different and weird without being the nerd. You know what I mean? So many times the character that’s different in the story is typecast as being the nerd. And what I liked about her was that she wasn’t. And if she was, she wasn’t aware of it. Being authentic to her was really important.”
Danielle has said in her autobiography that it is not all as easy to pull off as it looks to be on screen. Behind the scenes, there is a lot of chaos and ten thousand choices that have to be made.
Her character of Topanga was a feminist and had its quirks. And now that she is reverting to the original role, many people will be recognizing her on the streets and shouting out “Topanga” at the top of their lungs!
Smile, there's an all new Girl Meets World tomorrow!— Girl Meets World (@Girl_MeetsWorld) September 12, 2014
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Source: The Daily Beast