Danielle Fishel revealed how she got a job at Bloomingdale’s after “Boy Meets World” ended.
“I was really good at wrapping presents,” Fishel said on the rewatch podcast “Pod Meets World.”
She said she wouldn’t reveal to customers who recognized her that she was indeed Topanga Lawrence.
“Boy Meets World” star Danielle Fishel revealed that she had a surprising job years after the hit TGIF sitcom ended — she was a gift wrapper at a Bloomingdale’s store in Newport Beach, California while going to college around 2009.
“I liked to wrap presents,” she said on Monday’s episode of her rewatch podcast “Pod Meets World.”
During a conversation that began around the 34:00 mark of the episode, Fishel, her cohosts Rider Strong and Will Friedle, and guest Marty York (who appeared on a handful of “Boy Meets World” episodes) began talking about actors being looked down upon when they take jobs outside of Hollywood.
Fishel then revealed how she got her own unexpected job after the ABC show ended.
According to Fishel, she was at Bloomingdale’s buying a set of wine glasses for a former “Boy Meets World” costar’s wedding gift the next day. She wanted it gift-wrapped, but when she went to the department to pick them up, the woman told her that her gift wouldn’t be ready until the next day. Although it was hours before the store was meant to close, Fishel said the woman told her she had closed the register early because the store was slow, and the woman refused to re-open the register.
The actor and director said she told the employee, “I have no problem wrapping it. Can you just give me the materials and I’ll wrap it right here?” Fishel then proceeded to “sit down on the floor in the Bloomingdale’s customer service department” to wrap the gift herself.
Eventually, a manager came back and saw what Fishel was doing. After he chastised his employee for refusing to wrap Fishel’s gift, he complimented Fishel’s gift-wrapping skills.
“He looks at me and he goes, ‘that’s actually really good,'” she said, adding that she replied, “Thanks, I love to wrap presents.”
The “Girl Meets World” star said the manager then gave her his card. After thinking about it, she decided that she wanted to fill out an application. She got the job and even worked alongside the girl who had refused to wrap her gift, who ended up being “very nice.”
Fishel said that while she had just planned to work at the department store for the holiday season, she ultimately decided to extend her stay and eventually found she was “really good” at customer service in addition to gift-wrapping.
“I had a woman lunge across the counter at me. It was incredible,” Fishel recalled.
And while Fishel did get recognized by customers on occasion, she played coy about confirming who she was. Instead, when customers asked her if people told her she looked like the girl from “Boy Meets World,” she would simply say “yes.”
New episodes of “Pod Meets World” are released weekly.
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