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Rider Strong, Will Friedle: Kissing Girls Weekly on ‘BMW’ Was ‘Creepy’



Will Friedle and Rider Strong have countless Eric Matthews and Shawn Hunter moments to sift through while rewatching Boy Meets World for their new podcast, but there’s one aspect of their John Adams High experience that they’d rather not revisit.

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“Rider and I talk about one of the things is the constant kissing. We were kissing girls every week and it was kind of creepy the way it kept happening. And there was never a story that it’s not like the actresses had wonderful story lines. It was just, like, you are there to kiss us that week. It was really kind of gross,” Friedle, 45, exclusively tells Us Weekly.

“Also, it’s not super fun to watch your teenage self making out,” Strong, 42, chimes in. “That’s not something you really wanna look back on.”

Rider Strong, Danielle Fishel, and Will Friedle.
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The actors and their former costar Danielle Fishel launched their “Pod Meets World” podcast in June. While Fishel, 41, agreed there was “so much kissing,” it’s actually the later episodes in the series that she’s bracing for.

“The cringy episodes are not the beginning ones. I’m a little worried about once we get into high school and then into college where some of the Topanga story lines with Corey and, I don’t even remember a ton of the episodes, but I just know that as the show got older and our characters got older circumstances and story lines got a little more cringey from my memory of them than, like, the more innocent story lines at the beginning,” she explains. “And I know Will finds it cringey to be watching the early episodes. Because he’s so hard on himself about his acting.”

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“Am I acting?” he jokes. “The first few episodes are pretty, pretty tough to watch, but yeah, it’s also because none of us really — I did something I wasn’t supposed to do and I went forward, not watching the show, but I clicked on Disney+ just to see some of the episode titles from the future seasons and I didn’t remember, like, 80 percent. So I know there’s gonna be things coming up that none of us remember that we’re all gonna go, ‘Oh wow. That’s not a good thing at all.’”

The longtime pals played Eric, Shawn and Topanga Lawrence, respectively, on the beloved series, which ran for seven seasons from 1993 to 2000.

Ben Savage, Rider Strong, Danielle Fishel, and Will Friedle in ‘Boy Meets World.’
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Ben Savage, who played Cory Matthews, opted out of doing the podcast. Strong, who played his best friend on screen, is looking forward to one episode in particular between the two.

“I’m looking forward to in the first season there’s an episode where Ben and I play old men,” he reveals to Us. “And we went through, like, hours of makeup and it’s one of those things that, like, we used to quote as a cast for the rest of the season. ‘They want you to take the rolls.’ And then people have made T-shirts with that same line. Yeah. So it’s one of those moments where, like, our experience making the show had these joke lines that we thought were funny that the fans completely independently also picked up and loved. And so there’s been this weird feedback loop.”

The director and Friedle also vividly remember Eric breaking up with Corinna, played by The L Word’s Alicia Haley.

“‘Shallow Boy’! Great episode,” Strong says.

Rider Strong, Danielle Fishel, and Will Friedle.

“She sung every song at the table read and was so amazing. And just stole that episode,” Friedle recalls. “I can’t wait to see if she’s as good as I remember her being, which I’m sure she’s going to be.”

The trio will be inviting several guest stars onto their show, with William Daniels (Mr. Feeny), William Russ (Alan Matthews) and Lee Norris (Stewart Minkus) are already making appearances.

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“If I had to pick a cast member that I would’ve liked to have stuck around longer, it would be Minkus,” Fishel admits, as Strong agrees. “Lee is so good, incredible, such an incredible actor,” he says. “He was so much better than the rest of us. All of us are just kind of like kids discovering acting. And Lee was already a pro at that point. And he had such a defined character and so it makes me sad that he left the show after the first season. And it wasn’t any fault of his own. We’ve realized after the fact that a lot of it seems to have been because there was already Urkel on the lineup, and they didn’t want too many nerds. It was, like, a network directive. And it’s too bad. Because Lee was an amazing character. So fun.”

Alex Désert is another actor they wish had stuck around longer as Eli. “I thought that that was a real missed opportunity to have another teacher character and kind of give some of the adults an opportunity to have more adult interactions and people to talk to. And he’s such a talent,” Fishel tells Us.

Strong chimes in: “He was so wasted on our show, I think. Yeah. He was brought on in the second season, him and Tony. And I think it was because they wanted to have those adult, cool schoolteachers. But there’s just not enough room story wise. At that point we have, like, 10 characters on our show.” Friedle, for his part, called Désert “so good,” but joked that his next job was maybe more suited for him. “And then he went off and did Becker and I think won Emmys. Like, ‘Oh, see that’s what he should be doing,’” he says.

Matthew Lawrence (Jack Hunter) and Tony Quinn (Mr. Turner) are also set to drop by, with Strong noting that they’d love to have Linda Cardellini (Lauren) too.

Ben Savage, Danielle Fishel, Will Friedle, and Rider Strong in ‘Boy Meets World.’
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When not chatting with their former costars, the podcast hosts will also be looking back on behind-the-scenes moments on set. When the cast wasn’t playing touch football with “the kids from Home Improvement,” Friedle says, they were eating meatballs at the craft service table. Or at least he was.

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“Our craft service guy made the same meatballs all the time,” he says, laughing.

“You don’t remember?” Fishel questions Strong.

“I don’t remember that!” he responds. “I was a vegetarian.”

Friedle teases: “So the ‘real’ people on the show were eating these amazing meatballs to the point where, when we interviewed a bunch of our writers at the end [of the series] for a video that Rider and I did, something like 80 percent of ’em were like, ‘I’m gonna miss the meatballs. I’m gonna miss the meatballs more than anything else.’”

“Pod Meets World” is distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network. For more, follow the podcast here.

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Jennifer Lopez Rocks Rainbow Tie-Dye Sweats In 1st Pic Back In LA After Italy Getaway



Jennifer Lopez doesn’t waste time getting back to what she best — looking amazing while getting from one place to the next! Fresh off her Italian getaway, the Marry Me star and brand-new bride stepped out in Los Angeles on August 8, rocking an unexpected tie-dye rainbow look! In photos, Jennifer stunned in the eye-catching ensemble, which consisted of bright sweats and a hoodie, bright-pink statement sunglasses, and oversized hoop earrings. She also carried a green Birkin bag and a cell phone. The “Jenny from The Block” icon finished off the look with a perfect pink manicure and classic Nike sneakers with neon details.

JLo’s loud look comes after she was seen wearing a breezy blue outfit for a gorgeous photoshoot on a yacht in Capri, Italy. But she’s also been throwing out bridal vibes with stunning white looks, among other fashion statements, ever since her surprise July 16th nuptials to Ben Affleck in Las Vegas.

She surprised and delighted fans by rocking a wedding dress from an “old movie” for the ceremony, and later revealing that she legally took Ben’s last name — she’s now Jennifer Lynne Affleck. Bennifer 2.0 spent a little time apart after their leisurely European family-style honeymoon, with Jennifer staying in Europe for work, and Ben returning to Los Angeles.

A source close to Jen told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY last week that the time apart certainly hasn’t undermined their new union and has in fact made their love “stronger.” Furthermore, before JLo returned to Los Angeles, the source tells HL she spent a lot of time connecting with her new hubby via phone. “They are always talking, texting, FaceTiming, and even camming when they are apart working,” they said in the exclusive comments. “And the time that they spend away from each other makes reuniting again that much better. JLo loves the fact that she knows her husband will be there for her no matter what.”

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Taika Waititi: 5 Things To Know About Rita Ora’s Husband After Reported Secret Wedding



Taika Waititi, 46, is known for often making groundbreaking movies behind the camera, but a year ago, he stepped into a big spotlight when he started dating Rita Ora, 31. The filmmaker is now reportedly married to the singer after they recently gave each other almost “simultaneous” proposals, and then had a super-intimate secret ceremony in London, according to a source for The Sun. “It was a really intimate ceremony and super special for everyone there,” the source reportedly told the outlet. “Their nearest and dearest can see how madly in love they are.”

A previous source told the UK Sun that it would be low-key. “This isn’t about them doing a big showy thing and crowing about it beforehand,” the source said in separate comments. “It’s just about them being in love and deciding the time is right to formalize their relationship. They couldn’t be happier.”

Find out more about Taika and his highly successful career in the entertainment industry below.

He’s a director, actor, and comedian.

Taika, who is originally from New Zealand, started his career in the late 1990s and went on to develop and star in various films, television series, and short films. Some of his most popular directed-films include Boy, Thor: Ragnarok, Jojo Rabbit, and Thor: Love and Thunder. His popular directed-television shows include Flight of the Conchords, The Inbetweeners, and What We Do in the Shadows. As an actor, he’s appeared in many of his own films and others like The Suicide Squad and Free Guy.

Taika’s red carpet debut with Rita was at ‘The Suicide Squad’ premiere.

The talented star had a small role in the film and showed up to the star-studded event with Rita as they donned impressive outfits. They were all smiles while posing and holding onto each other in front of the cameras. Rita wore a white blazer-style mini dress and heels and he wore a gray suit without a tie and black shoes.

Taika has won many prestigious awards for his work.

Taika Waititi, Rita Ora

Some of the awards include an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, and even a Grammy Award for a film’s soundtrack. He’s also been nominated for many other awards over the years, including Primetime Emmy Awards.

He has two children.

Taika was married to film producer Chelsea Winstanley from 2011 until 2018 and they share two daughters together. They are Te Hinekahu, 10, and Matewa Kiritapu, 6, and he sometimes posts adorable snapshots of them along with loving captions to Instagram on special days, like their birthdays. “Happy Birthday, Matewa, my love and baby doppelganger. Now you are six. Wowee. May your rampage through life continue and god help anyone who stands in your way. #leoseason 🔥❤️🦁,” one of his posts for his youngest child read.

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