It’s hard to forget your favorite 90s friend group Boy meets worldespecially Trina McGee as Angela, Topanga’s best friend, and Shawn’s love interest.
No joke, they were friendship goals to the extreme:
Sure, they all seemed to get along on screen, but Trina revealed more details about the racism she dealt with behind the scenes.
If you remember, a few years ago, Trina McGee revealed that she experienced racism on… Boy meets world when her co-star, Will Friedle, called her “Aunt Jemima.”
Now, on an episode of Pod Meets World, Trina revealed why she wasn’t part of her former costars’ series finale.
“This is an area that we haven’t covered. I was told in a rather strange, awkward way by a very important person that you are all going to… [showrunner] Michael Jacobs, and you said, ‘We don’t want her in the last episode. She somehow steals our light.’ [That] was at the heart of it.”
Co-hosts Rider Strong, Danielle Fishel and Will Friedle were stunned by the reveal.
“I remember after we taped the show, I said to someone, ‘Why aren’t we at the last show?’ ‘Cause I know the last show would be the one with the ratings and the crying and all that stuff I got the impression you all got together and didn’t want me on the last show, for some reason I would what are going to sparkle or something like that,” Trina continued.
“That hurt me for a long time. To make matters worse, people of color tend to look at things a little harder sometimes. So I had cousins who called me and said, ‘How come you’re not in the was the last episode?'”
Will replied quickly, “Can we just say, Trina, that that never happened.” Danielle jumped in: “Swear on my kids — on my kids’ lives.”
Trina warmly received the words of her former costars: “I believe you. I recognize it from your reactions. I’ve had that in my head for so long, and I’ve never seen that show. I’ve always felt, ugh… That hurt me for a long time.”
As the former cast members mend their relationship, Trina spoke more about what it was like to be the only black actor on Boy meets world.
Trina said the producer told her to tone down “her Blackness”.
“From black sitcoms I always had to have a black meter… My black meter had probably dropped to a 2. I remember when I was doing the episode ‘Angela’s Ashes’ somehow my black meter slipped and I about a 9. Michael came up to me and his note was, ‘Hey Trina, just lower the Telma Hopkins about eight notches.’”
“I knew exactly what he was talking about and so did I. … There are so many things that you guys are so lucky to have that you didn’t have to think about it.”
Listen to the entire podcast episode here.