‘Boy Meets World’: Rider Strong ‘Hated’ the Haircut He Had While Playing Shawn Hunter

by Jeremy Spirogis
Rider Strong, 1995

Rider Strong’s shiny coiffure he turned recognized for taking part in Shawn Hunter on Boy Meets World might have been coveted by younger viewers however the former baby star couldn’t stand it. Ahead, be taught why Strong “hated” the coiffure and the way he acquired the look within the first place.  

He auditioned with the coiffure and it turned a part of his character

As many actors have discovered, as soon as a coiffure or sure outfit turns into a part of their character, they’re caught with it during the venture. That’s precisely what occurred when a 12-year-old Strong auditioned for the a part of Shawn Hunter, the laid-back greatest friend of Cory Matthews (Ben Savage). 

Rider Strong, 1995
Rider Strong, 1995 | Ron Wolfson/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

During an interview with Cosmopolitan in Oct. 2013, Strong shared that he confirmed as much as his audition along with his hair parted down the middle after women recommended it to him at a sleepover.

“A bunch of girls at a sleepover told me to wear my hair like that—parted down the center—and I was 12, so I listened,” Strong stated. “It was my version of Christian Slater,” he added.

He continued, saying the director of Boy Meets World had him maintain the look when he landed the position. “I came to the audition with that hairstyle, got the part, and the director Michael Jacobs never let me cut it from there on out.”

Rider Strong: ‘I wanted to cut my hair so bad’

What turned irritating for Strong had been the period of time he spent in hair and make-up getting Shawn’s signature look earlier than filming. 

“I hated my hair,” he stated saying his hair isn’t naturally straight. “But my hair is wavy and they would straighten it on the show and it would take forever.” 

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Rider Strong and Ben Savage | Walt Disney Television through Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television through Getty Images

It acquired to the purpose the place Strong wished nothing greater than the chop off his head of hair his character, Shawn, turned recognized for on the present. The actor acquired his want when Boy Meets World got here to an finish in May 2000. 

“I wanted to cut my hair so bad, but the only time I got to was when we found out the show was going to be canceled,” he stated. 

Today, Strong sports activities a coiffure nothing just like the sitcom character he’s recognized for taking part in. After Boy Meets World the actor stated goodbye to his flowing hair days and now at 40-years-old, Strong wears a brief coiffure (and facial hair) that we guess doesn’t require a straightener. 

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Rider Strong, 2018 | Barry Brecheisen/Getty Images

He wasn’t the one ‘Boy Meets World’ actor who spent lots of time getting their hair carried out

As many Boy Meets World viewers might fondly bear in mind, hair turned a recurring storyline on the present. Eric Matthews (Will Friedle), Cory’s lovable however typically dimwitted older brother, had the same coiffure to Shawn — flowing hair parted down the middle — and sometimes made feedback about his hair to different characters on the present.

And in one of many present’s most memorable episodes, Topanga Lawrence (Danielle Fishel) reduce off her lengthy hair to show some extent and shortly turned obsessed along with her seems to be. Then Cory turned involved about his personal bodily look — he in contrast himself to Mr. Potato Head — and wouldn’t even take a look at himself within the mirror.

In addition to she storylines and one-liners about hair, the actors spent lots of time in hair and make-up getting their hair to appear to be it did on the present.

Friedle shared snapshots from the set of Boy Meets World displaying Fishel and Savage sporting hair curlers. “With SO much hair on the show it took us all a while to get ready,” he wrote within the caption. 

In one other throwback picture, Friedle posted an image of a younger Savage son the set of what seems to be Cory and Eric’s bed room sporting curlers and never trying significantly blissful.

Check out all of the hairstyles on Boy Meets World by watching the sequence on Disney+.

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