‘Boy Meets World’ star Danielle Fishel says a grown man used fan mail to fish her out when she was 12
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Receiving fan mail can be scary.
In the latest episode of the “Boy Meets World” podcast “Pod Meets World,” star Danielle Fishel shared her experience being catfished by an older man when she was just 12 years old.
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Fishel and his co-hosts Rider Strong and Will Friedle were talking about all the fan mail they received while starring in the classic comedy.
“When we started getting fan mail, I read it all and replied to it all. I got a letter in 1993 from a young girl and she included pictures of herself, and she did gymnastics,” Fishel recalled.
“She wrote me this handwritten letter that she was a fan, and I wrote back to her and she sent me another letter and we started this correspondence back and forth,” the actress said. “I felt very close to her, and one of the things she talked about regularly was that both of her parents had died when she was young and she was living with her older brother.”
The actress said she then received a second letter containing photos of the girl’s alleged brother, who was “several years older”. The girl also included her phone number in another letter.
“My mom is involved in my rewrite,” Fishel said. “She also reads all these letters and she is aware of what I write and she reads what this girl writes to me, and my mother is like: ‘[It seems like] you would be friends.
She continued, “So I call her. And I get her voicemail, but it’s not her. It’s her brother’s voicemail because it’s his house. They live together in an apartment, but his name is nowhere on the voicemail.
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At this point in the story, Strong realized what was happening and exclaimed, “She doesn’t exist!” She doesn’t exist – guy pretending to be a girl, you got caught!”
Fishel confirmed that it was indeed an older man pretending to be a young girl. However, the situation has become more worrying.
“The way it all happened was because I kept calling her, and I left my phone number and she didn’t call me back,” the actress shared. “Then we got a letter from her brother saying she was dead, and my mum woke up in the middle of the night and was like, ‘She never existed, it was always him!’ “
She added: “And then he started showing up at my school and telling people he was there to pick me up.”
Fishel didn’t really share how the situation resolved, but luckily she was fine.