‘Boy Meets World’ star Rider Strong says he and his castmates are ‘closer than ever’

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The bonds on ‘90s teen sitcoms are forever.

Nearly 30 years after premiering on ABC, the “Boy Meets World” cast are still “closer than ever,” according to show star Rider Strong.

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In  a new People interview, the 41-year-old, who played Shawn on the series and its reboot “Girl Meets World,” shared details of his ongoing friendships with costars Danielle Fishel (Topanga), Will Friedle (Eric) and Trina McGee (Angela).

After being apart due to the pandemic, Strong noted how all four recently got together in person after getting their COVID-19 vaccinations.

The group’s enduring friendship comes after McGee, the show’s only Black actress, previously discussed feeling “iced out” by members of the cast while filming “Boy Meets World.”

Strong says the entire controversy “brought us closer together,” as McGee, 51, noted both Friedle and Fishel have apologized for their actions.

The actor also reflected on the importance of Shawn and Angela's romantic relationship on the series.

"I think that storyline really resonated with a lot of people — having an interracial relationship at a time when that just wasn't on television, I believe. I'm glad we did that," he told the outlet. "Now that I'm doing these conventions and meeting the fans, it just seems like that really meant a lot to people. And we knew it at the time, but now, as we're older, we appreciate it. And also just the fact that it brought Trina into my life. It changed me."

After premiering in 1993, “Boy Meets World” aired for 7 seasons before signing off in 2000. In 2014, Disney Channel launched a sequel series, entitled “Girl Meets World,” which ran until 2017.

Now a father of a six-year-old, Strong says he's particularly proud of the show’s message of taking kids and their issues seriously.

"Boy Meets World is one of those shows that said, 'No, no, no, this is an important time of your life,'" he added. "That boyfriend or girlfriend, or the friendships or the teacher you have could change you forever and help define who you are. I think that's a really beautiful message."

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