Danielle Fishel revealed that after she rose to fame as a preteen in “Boy Meets World,” she was catfished by an grownup man posing as a younger feminine fan.
The actor opened up concerning the disturbing expertise in a current episode of the “Pod Meets World” podcast.
“When we first started getting fan mail, I also read them all and responded to them all. I got a letter in ’93 from a young girl and she included pictures of herself in it, and she was in gymnastics,” Fishel recalled. The actor would have been 12 years previous on the time.
“She wrote me this handwritten letter that she was a fan, and I wrote her back and she sent me another letter and we started this correspondence back and forth. I felt very close to her, and one of the things she talked about regularly was that both of her parents died when she was young and she lived with her older brother,” she continued.
One of the letters included what the woman mentioned was her cellphone quantity. Fishel known as it, however each time she did, she’d attain a voicemail with the brother’s voice. She would by no means get a name again.
Fishel mentioned she finally realized that it was a person pretending to be a woman, recalling that her mother figured it out after “we got a letter from her brother saying that she had died.”
Things then took an much more disturbing flip when the person started stalking her.
“He started showing up at my school and telling people he was there to pick me up,” she recalled.
Fishel didn’t share how the ordeal got here to an finish. Her former co-star Rider Strong mentioned he had additionally felt overwhelmed and uncomfortable throughout the later seasons of the present as a result of he was receiving hundreds of letters from followers every week.
Strong, Fishel and Will Friedle host the podcast collectively to revisit their time on the sitcom and talk about their consequential experiences as little one stars.