Catch Up with the Cast of Boy Meets World
BOY MEETS WORLD CAST
During the ABC sitcom's seven-year run, fans saw Cory Matthews navigate adolescence, high school, college and even marriage with lady love Topanga Lawrence on his arm and best friend Shawn Hunter by his side. Along the way, he received guidance from big brother Eric and most importantly, next-door-neighbor and teacher Mr. Feeny, the show's perennial voice of wisdom. Following the show's 2000 conclusion, its stars have gone on to embrace the adulthood their characters had only just entered. Find out what they've been up to in the 13 years since.
The younger brother of The Wonder Years's Fred Savage, Ben never believed he'd spend nearly a decade headlining his own sitcom, but he did just that when he became Cory Matthews at age 12. When the show finished, Ben studied political science at Stanford University but eventually found his way back to Hollywood, where fans will see him reprise his role as Cory on the upcoming spin-off, Girl Meets World. "We want it to affect people and hopefully inspire people just as Boy Meets World did for our generation," he told Entertainment Weekly.
Developing from Cory's quirky best friend into the love of his life, Fishel blossomed right alongside her character onscreen, memorably cutting off her long locks and receiving a brand new do in an episode of the series. In real-life, the actress famously dated Lance Bass, prior to his coming out, and in 2012, settled down with Tim Belusko, whom she married Oct. 19 in a "short and sweet" L.A. ceremony, her rep tells PEOPLE. Like Savage, Fishel will also return for Girl Meets World, which she told EW is "coming out at a time where the audience is watching Boy Meets World in reruns and going, 'Man, I miss this.'"
Cory's childhood buddy began as a goofy sidekick and developed into someone who dealt with a disappearing father and had trouble staying in school. But it was all good for Strong, who admitted to EW, "I was kind of an angsty teen – writing poetry and very serious about everything." After graduation, the actor stepped behind the camera (he now writes and directs the web series Micah the A–hole Ghost) and, like Fishel, is a freshly minted newlywed after marrying Alexandra Barreto, whom he met on the set of 2006 series Pepper Dennis, on Oct. 20.
Onscreen, the actress left her mark on audiences (and Shawn) as his on-and-off girlfriend Angela Moore, who despite Strong's heartthrob status, was a fan favorite character. Off screen, she added more roles to her acting resume with starring parts in 2002's Friday After Next and the TV series The Hughleys. The actress is also a mom to three children.
As Cory's scene-stealing older brother Eric, Friedle was a key component of Boy Meets World's success, in particular because of his patented Feeny call. Perhaps that ability to manipulate his voice is what led Friedle into voiceover work, now his primary career. "I love how every day you wake up and you don't know which character you're playing," he recently told EW, revealing that he stopped doing on-camera work seven years ago, but that door could reopen for Girl Meets World. "Who knows, maybe sometime down the line Eric comes back," he said.
A latecomer to the show, Lawrence joined the series during its college years in 1997 as Shawn's half-brother Jack, who went on to become Eric's roommate and sometimes romantic rival. After the show went off the air, the handsome star segued into films with 2002's The Hot Chick and appeared alongside big brother Joey on his ABC Family series Melissa amp Joey.