Rowan Blanchard will forever hold a place in Boy Meets World and Girl Meets World fans' hearts for playing the one and only Riley Mathews. She's the daughter of Cory and Topanga, one of television's most beloved couples, so it was a lot to live up to! In a new interview with Nylon, the 15-year-old starlet admitted though that at first, she had no interest in taking on this role.
"Absolutely not. You know what happens to those girls," Rowan said in references to the fact that tons of former Disney Channel starlets often have a hard time being taken seriously once they leave the network and have to deal with tons of public scrutiny when there really is no reason for it.
"I knew the show would end someday, and I didn’t want there to be this weird part where it was like, good girl, good girl, good girl, and then, all of a sudden, bam, she’s going to show her boobs," she continued with a laugh.
So basically Rowan didn't want to deal with the "reputation" of being a good girl gone bad situation, a former child starlet who grows up like any other normal human does and then has to be faced with backlash just for being herself and you know, getting older. But she of course fell in love with the script once she read it and she obviously got along with her castmates and the series creator Michael Jacobs, so she became Riley.
GMW was often praised by the fandom for tackling realistic issues young teens experience with their friends and in life in general, and this something Danielle Fishel, who played Riley's mom Topanga, really wanted to happen in the show knowing that Rowan was leading the series. Since she had been on BMW, Danielle wanted this series to be different and focus solely on the friendships, not bring in any relationship drama, something BMW featured heavily.
"I had expressed very adamantly that I wanted the character [of Riley] to be smart, self-sufficient, and to have interests 100 percent outside of relationships," Danielle explained. "I didn’t necessarily get my way in that regard."
Any fan knows there were episodes that focused on the brewing love triangle between Riley, Lucas and Maya, but that was quickly squashed and the real heart and soul of the series was Riley and Maya's sisterhood and how much they valued each other and their friendship. This is what Rowan and Danielle both hoped the show would be like, so it's easy to see how this on-screen mom and daughter totally bonded in real life too.
"Rowan really is pretty special. I just keep reminding Rowan that everything she has inside of her, she can put out to the world. And that’s going to change the world," Danielle told the publication.
Now that is simply the sweetest and further proves that even though the show is over, the cast really did become a true family on set.
It's no secret viewers immediately connected not only with Riley and her friends, but with Rowan herself too. Now that the series is over after it's three-season run, Row admitted though that as much as she loved being on the show and working with the cast and crew, she's actually a bit relieved it's all over, since she has a better sense of freedom.
"I feel good about it now in the sense that, as much as I loved my Girl Meets World family, working for the Disney Channel is stressful, and I have more freedom to do what I want and talk about what I want without feeling inhibited," Rowan explained.
If you follow any of her social media accounts, you would know she's super vocal about tons of political and social issues, but this is something she did even while she was starting on the network. She never let anyone stop her form being her true self, tbh.
"I think they actually figured out somewhere along the line that no matter what they said I wasn’t really going to stop," Rowan admitted.
And this is why she really was the most perfect choice for Riley. She's been taking on the world all this time.
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