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Danielle Fishel Can Dish It, Can You?

Danielle Fishel Can Dish It, Can You?

Danielle Fishel — best known for playing Topanga on the 90s sitcom Boy Meets World — is back on The Style Network hosting new episodes of The Dish starting @ 10PM ET/PT on Saturday, May 23. Tune in for an unsophisticated look at supposedly sophisticated subject matter. sat down with the 28-year-old actress earlier this year, so check out the interview:

JJ: Why did you decide to go from acting to hosting?

DF: I have a lot of different interests and I feel like there aren’t that many opportunities and great shows out there unless you’re doing reality, which I just haven’t done yet. I just thought hosting was a natural segue.

JJ: Would you want to do a reality show?

DF: The only reality show I would really want to do is Dancing With The Stars. [My ex-boyfriend Lance Bass] had just had such a good time there. He loved the training, he loved doing the tour. I’ve never done it before and I love to do things that challenge me and scare me a little, and that would definitely do that.

JJ: What’s a typical day like shooting for the Style Network?

DF: Our days are usually about 12-hour days but I actually only have to be there one day a week, so it’s not so bad. I get there about 11 in the morning, start the voice over, and then we go into a writer’s meeting to punch out the script. From there, we get the executive notes, we do a teleprompter read and then have dinner. We start the show at 8:30 and are usually done between 10 and 11.

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JJ: What do you do the other six days of the week?

DF: I’m in school full time. I’m going to school at a J.C. (junior college) in Orange County. I’m getting my psychology degree but I’m actually on a break right now. I’m trying to enjoy my break before it becomes crazy.

JJ: Onto fashion, who are some of your favorite designers?

DF: I love Theory, Black Halo. I love Seven of All Mankind Jeans. I’m a big comfort and style person. I think you need to wear things that are both. You can’t just go for one or the other. I’m not super picky, I just wear what fits me well, so I’ll shop anywhere.

JJ: Where do you like to shop in LA?

DF: Everywhere! I stay away from the Roberson stores because it’s so a “scene place.” I do a lot of online shopping actually. I’m huge into Nordstrom. I just love Nordstrom. I love their customer service and their easy return policy. There’s so much variety and so many designers that come into there. I’m also a big Bloomingdales fan. I also go into any boutiques I see when I travel. New York’s the best place. In Greenwich Village, there’s a place called Atrium that I love.

JJ: Do you ever work with a stylist for your look?

DF: For the show I do, but personally I haven’t used one but I may. I think I just know my body so well, I know what works for me.

JJ: Do you ever wind up on the Worst Dressed List?

DF: Well, I’m sure that will happen in the future. I still don’t really find that happening, but I also don’t find myself on the Best Dressed List. I’m not really going to many places where that’s happening. I have interviews with the people that are going to the award shows, not necessarily going there myself. So yeah, I’m sure that’ll happen at some point and that’s when I’ll need to work with a stylist.

JJ: Who’s the biggest red carpet train wreck?

DF: Oh, that’s a hard one. From Medium, Patricia Arquette. Well, I probably shouldn’t say she’s got bad fashion. She just doesn’t always hit it. She’ll find a pretty dress but then she doesn’t fit it properly. Or she’ll have something that fits properly but then it’s like, why would even want to have that fit properly? So she tends to miss it a lot.

JJ: Who knocks it out of the ballpark for you?

DF: I think Angelina Jolie always looks amazing. And I love Jennifer Garner too. She always look together and classy. And I love Rachel Bilson. She looks fun, age-appropriate, casual.

JJ: Onto dating, what was your favorite date with Lance?

DF: Hm, that’s a hard one. There was one time where he surprised me in New York when he wasn’t supposed to be there. And he popped out and surprised me with flowers and that was great. We also went to prom together. Our first date was to a Celine Dion concert and that was really fun. It’s really hard to pick with Lance.

JJ: When did you know he was gay?

DF: After we broke up.

JJ: The Celine Dion concert didn’t tip you off?

DF: No, it should have, though. Sometimes people forget that I was only 17. So I was in high school and he was traveling a lot and I was here doing the show. I think there were some times where I thought, I wonder why he’s not trying to be more physical with me. But at the same time, I was a really good girl and just thought he was trying to be a gentleman with me. He was a couple of years older. In my mind, it just didn’t occur to me that I really just wasn’t his type. My mom actually asked me a couple of questions after we broke up and asked me, “Do you think there’s a possibility?” And that was the first time I thought, well maybe. And then after we had been apart for a few months, I started hearing rumors of, “Oh I think he’s gay, he’s gone out with a guy.” And I was totally fine with that. It never made me upset or hurt, it was just “Oh.” And I wanted him to feel comfortable coming out to me, but he didn’t, for a long time. He had come out to a lot of other people before he came out to me. I think because he was afraid I was going to be hurt. But I was just so happy that he could finally be himself.

JJ: Fast forward ten years. What kind of guy do you go for now?

DF: I tend not to date people in the industry. I kind of remove myself from a lot of the stuff of the industry. I find that I don’t have that much in common with a lot of the people. I’m a homebody. I don’t really like the Hollywood parties, and go out just to be seen. That’s not really me. I find that I’m more attracted to guys that are in school, and working, just in a different industry.

JJ: Where did you go on your last date?

DF: Oh, it wasn’t a very good date. We just went to dinner and then had no plans after. It was kind of poorly planned. I think the best thing for a guy to do is to have a plan. And to not have it be like, “Well what do you want to do?” If you want to ask me out, have a plan.

JJ: What do you do when you’re home relaxing?

DF: I read a lot. I curl up in my bed and read. My favorite time of the day are my mornings. I wake up really early. The first thing I usually do is go to the gym. But I usually like to have two hours before I go to the gym. That’s just me and my dog on my couch with a cup of coffee, catching up on my magazines or book, watching the news, and then going to the gym.

JJ: What book are you reading right now?

DF: I’m actually not reading a book right now. At all. I was just reading for school. “Things Fall Apart.” I ended up liking it by the time I was done. I’m taking time off now before I have to start reading again for school.

JJ: Why are you studying psychology? Did you always have an interest in it?

DF: Well the only thing I ever wanted to do besides act, was be a teacher. And I would really love that idea. But I would like to make more than what teachers make, which is crappy because I’m sure a lot of people feel that way. I wish that teachers made more money so people would be encouraged to go do something like that. So I decided I wanted to work with children. So my focus in psychology is marriage and family therapy. And I ever use my degree, I’ll probably open my own practice and help children of divorce.

JJ: Why divorce? Have your parents split?

DF: No, my parents have been together since they were fifteen. So I think maybe that’s why. To be honest, I saw on an episode of Oprah, a psychologist who’s helping kids dealing with nasty divorces. I just had a feeling of I want to do that and help in that way. And divorce is so common, and a lot of adults don’t know how to handle it with children.

JJ: The Oprah effect!


Be sure to catch new episodes of The Dish starting TOMORROW (May 23) @ 10PM ET/PT on Style Network. Get ready to dish!!!

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  • Tanner

    Anybody else miss Boy Meets World?

  • Saudia

    @Tanner: I really miss it .. she`s looking good though .. hasn`t aged!

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  • Sushi

    “”JJ: Why did you decide to go from acting to hosting? “”
    Because I needed an f-ing job!!

  • jennifer

    #1, Yes I miss that show so much! I love her! She looks great! :)

  • LuckyL

    She’s a loser Jared.

  • Mailey

    Her skin looks good, but she is kind of fat. However, she’s never been that thin, she’s always been this size so actualyl she might look freak if she lost even like 10 pounds lol Just cause I wouldnt be used to seeing her thinner..

  • Ceilidh

    I love her on The Dish. It’s not as funny as The Soup but she’s really developing into her own and the show’s very funny. She’s so pretty too.

  • Las Vegas Nights

    Oh its a nice exp n interview with Danielle Fishel for justjared!

  • mslewis

    I really like the Dish. It’s funny about 95% of the time and Danielle is a riot. Thanks for the interview Jared. She sounds like a nice girl, especially by Hollywood standards!!!

  • LuckyL

    Jared, she’s a loser.

  • melanie

    She looks good now, more to love baby!

  • Littlemissy

    It’s about time they had a Boy Meets world reunion. I loved the show so much.

  • LolaSvelt

    It’s Topanga!

  • Vestes de Cuisine

    Is she the reason why Lance Bass turned gay? That would totally make sense.

  • Angel

    Ditto on Boy Meets World reunion.

    lol @ 15. Lance was already gay when he went out with her.

  • ap/press

    i guess she really likes dating guys not in the industy as she is dating the sports guy from espn edd gimenez he is a big boater and loves the water not in to hollywood at all and does not live in l.a. they make a cute couple

  • deanna

    @ap/press: yes she and that sports guy edd gimenez are cute together how long have they been dating and plans for them to marry at all would love to see more picturesof them together as she is so pretty and he just seems as nice as lance bass

  • jackie

    yes i would love to see more pictures of Edd gimenez and Danielle fishel the espn radio guy and her she is hot and they look great together i saw them on tmz they look cute and happy they have a nice look together they were at the dancing with the stars thing when Donny Osmond won

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  • brent

    yes that edd gimenez is a nice guy but i think he can dfo better then her she is getting old he needs a youger girl i mean he worls for espn he cant get better then that he gets i am sure hit on by cheerleaders why her if he is the pro sports genius he is dating a lakers cheerleader

  • brent

    yes that edd gimenez is a nice guy but i think he can do better then her she is getting old he needs a younger girl i mean he works for ESPN he can get better then that he !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i am sure he gets hit on by cheerleaders why her !!!!!!!!!!!!! she is not all that sure she is funny but come on now if he is the pro sports genius he is dating a lakers cheerleader trust me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i would be

  • max

    hey she was hot when she was younger now she is just some overweight loud mouth smoking girl and he is a mormon he would not date her he dont drink or smioke so why would he be with her i do like him on the radio though edd gimenez i think espn 1420 should put him on the radio more though and give him back his sunday show he has on each week i for one loved the show but i think he can do alot better than that no talent danielle fishel i think dont like her he never talks about her and he from what i hear has a place in Malibu and one in fla so why would he want her he can do alot better then her i think that they use to date once but i am sure he has moved on hell he is the pro sports genius he knows the game and gets them right each time what does she bring some jokes he can watch george lopez for that !

  • seadog

    saudia you are crazy she is over weight and stupid on the dish no one i know cares about that show and she got dumped by that sports guy and she dated some gay guy for what years and acts like she didnt know it she is gay too she was at the Annual Power Premiere in Los Angeles called POWER UP, a non-profit organization designed to promote gay women in entertainment, it support its mission to “promote the visibility and integration of gay women in entertainment, the arts, and all forms of media.” her dating these guys is just a cover

  • lilly

    i think that Edd gimenez is married to Deanna Jeffcoat of Perot Systems when you google her that comes up and her myspace page she is very stunning and gorgeous