Why Rider Strong “Didn’t Watch” Boy Meets World For Years

Somebody call Mr. Feeny! 

Boy Meets World star Rider Strong recently shared that, as a teenager, he was embarrassed about portraying Cory’s (Ben Savage) ultra-cool best friend Shawn Hunter on the beloved ABC show. In fact, he would actively avoid it at all costs when they weren’t filming.   

“I did not want to be associated with the show, which is crazy to me now,” the actor, who was 13 when the show first began, told Insider. “For years in my midteens, I didn’t watch the show. Whenever we were down from the show, I literally ran away from Los Angeles and buried my head in the sand.” 

The actor, 42, explained that, in his younger years, the idea of signing a seven-year contract to the show—which ran from 1993 to 2000—felt like “death” and that he “didn’t want to be there from the get-go.” 

Now, over two decades after the show’s final episode, Strong shared that not fully embracing his time on set during the series has become one of his biggest regrets.  

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