‘Boy Meets World’ alum Rider Strong recalls a ‘nightmare’ experience on fan trips in the 1990s – LSB

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Rider Strong remembers feeling like he was expected to participate in the '90s fan journey
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to Strong riderGoing on cruises with fans in the 1990s was nothing but a “nightmare.”

During the Sunday, November 19, episode of the “Pod Meets World” podcast, Strong, 43, spoke about the two events he did with Sail the Stars. The actor who starred in the role of Sean Hunter Boy meets world From 1993 to 2000, he shared how he and his family were able to go on an “all expenses paid” cruise in exchange for fans getting “access” to their favorite celebrities.

“The benefit for me and my family is that we get to go on a cruise for free. The problem is you’re stuck on a boat and you have nowhere to go and you’re working all the time,” Strong explained to the co-hosts. Danielle Fishel And Will FriedelPointing out that there is no privacy outside their “small” rooms. “Everyone could walk up to you. These people paid thousands of dollars…so they felt entitled to talk to you, get to know you, take a picture with you, dance with you, go to the dinner table. Everywhere I went I was in the company of these people.” “It was very confusing for me and very uncomfortable.”

Strong noted that while his first cruise involved just having to “wave” and say hello on stage, the second cruise, which included other celebrities like Fishel, 42, Tia And Tamera Mowry, Jodie Sweetin And Jonathan Taylor Thomaswas a larger “production” that required him to put on a “set” show that included dancing on stage “every night.”

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“I’m an actor, and I think I should have been OK with that. But I wasn’t really,” he said, adding that the worst part of the trip was the “complete” lack of privacy. “I’ve been through a lot. “I was 15 years old, and I didn’t want to be famous.”

Strong recalled feeling jealous of Taylor Thomas, 42, who “may have been miserable to dance,” but seemed “more self-assured and confident in how to say no to these things.”

“Partly because I was a child or a teenager, understanding those boundaries and understanding how to set them is very difficult for me,” he continued.

While Strong said he wasn’t interested in returning for a second cruise after having a less-than-stellar experience the first time, his mother eventually came to him with an offer he couldn’t refuse.

“I didn’t really want to go back and I told my parents about it,” he said. “Then my mother told me [Sail With the Stars was] “Not only will I pay for my parents’ travel costs, but I will also pay for my grandparents’ travel costs. Their lifelong dream was to go on a cruise.”

Rider Strong remembers feeling like he was expected to participate in the '90s fan journey

Ryder Strong playing guitar, September 1995

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Strong noted that he spent a lot of time in his room to avoid having to participate in big events, which led to a lot of “guilt” from the Sail With the Stars organization. “It’s for charity, so I wasn’t doing my work for charity,” he explained, to which Friedel, 47, replied that it was “bad” to do things for charity just to have “people come up to you” and claim that you’re not fulfilling your responsibilities. “This is inappropriate. This is not cool at all,” he said.

Meanwhile, Fishel said she had an “opposite” experience on cruise ships and described it as “time-breaking.” [her] life.”

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“This was one of the greatest things that ever happened to me,” she gushed from memory. “My whole family is there. I love my family. The food is delicious, free-flowing, and there are pristine piña coladas everywhere you turn.” Fishel added that she also has on-and-off boyfriend Taylor Thomas and “future crush” Strong with her, whose avoidance has confused her.

“I always said, ‘Why is he so antisocial?’ She said: “I don’t know why he’s hiding in his room, it’s so much fun!”

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